Swiss watch brand Bell & Ross has released BR 01 Cyber Skull Sapphire, a brand new limited edition timepiece from its BR 01 Skull family. The latest Cyber Skull Sapphire is a completely translucent, full sapphire version.
In 2009, Bell & Ross became one of the first watchmakers to create a skull watch. The BR01 Skull includes a skull and crossbones in the company’s iconic “circle in a square” case.
Bell & Ross then launched other versions. In 2016, the Burning Skull introduced more volume to the skull surrounded by flames. This provided the whole with a 3D aspect. In 2018, the Laughing Skull incorporated an automaton movement. The jaw moves when winding the crown so that the skull seems to be laughing.
In 2020, the new Cyber Skull inaugurated a spectacular black ceramic case with truncated corners and a “pixelated” skull. In 2021, the Cyber Skull Sapphire Only Watch 21 adorned the case with sapphire crystal. With its orange-coloured skull, this unique model was sold at the Only Watch charity auction. The hammer finally fell at a price of 220,000 Euros, twice its top estimated value.
The latest Cyber Skull Sapphire is the “general public” version of this exceptional watch. It reproduces the full sapphire case. However, the faceted skull is transparent on this version. It is a limited version of 10 items.
The design of this new Cyber Skull Sapphire breaks with the other skull watches in the neo-vintage style. The sharp edges of the case play with the light, with the multiple facets multiplying the perspectives and reflections.
This watch pays homage to the ultra-modern world of informatics and virtual technology. The faceted, pixelated design is a tip of the hat to the digital arts. Its angular design is reminiscent of the ancestral Japanese art of paper folding. The case is shaped like the fuselage of an American F117 stealth bomber.
The case is made of sapphire crystal, a material that is very difficult to shape due to its extreme hardness. It offers transparency to the full, including in the translucent rubber strap. The skull and crossbones are captured between two sapphire crystals, so that they appear to be floating in the air.
The BR 01 Cyber Skull Sapphire is equipped with a BR-CAL.209 automaton movement. Specifically developed for the watch, this manual-wind skeleton calibre is almost invisible and it takes the form of the skull.
The skeleton form reveals some of the interesting technical parts, including the cogs, balance and more. The plate and bridges follow the outline of the skull before extending below the crossbones. The spring balance placed at twelve o’clock.
Model: BR 01 Cyber Skull Sapphire 10 Ltd Edition
Calibre BR-CAL.209 hand-wound mechanical movement
Skeletonised, rhodium-plated main plate and bridges
Incabloc shock protection system
48-hour power reserve
Hours and minutes
Moving skull when wound by hand
Length: 43.50 mm
Width: 45 mm
Faceted polished steel crown
Crystal: sapphire with anti-reflective coating with logo and 12 engraved indices
Sapphire case back
Water-resistance: 30 metres
Skeletonised faceted sapphire
Faceted sapphire skull
Balance at 12 o’clock
Buckle: Pin buckle in steel with black PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) finish