Watchmakers have increased interest in GMT watches in 2022, perhaps due to the return of pandemic post-world travel. A recent example representing two time zones BR 05 GMT White from Bell & Ross. The brand was founded by French industrial designer Bruno Belamich and his friend Carlos Rosillo in 1994 and has maintained its manufacturing facility in La Chaux-de-Fonds since 1996.
Inspired by aviation, the watches are equipped with high-quality Swiss mechanical movements that are precisely controlled to guarantee the precision expected when translating pilot instruments to the wrist.
The BR 05 was first introduced in 2019 and offers a decidedly urban-style interpretation of other releases from the brand. Namely, the Instruments Collection, whose signature square case presents a round dial with four large Arabic numerals and eight indexes on top of four screws. The BR 05 GMT White maintains those design elements, adapting them only to the GMT complication.
This product family of BR 05 previously consisted of a GMT model with a time-only watch, chronograph and black dial. Expanding the growing collection, the new GMT model is adorned with a stunning white dial and textured surface. A second time zone, indicated by a central red-tipped hand, is cleverly integrated on the flange.
“After testing a few different shades, we chose the most precious white” Bruno Belamich, creative director of the brand, explained. “The choice fell on metallic white, galvanized with a certain texture with silver reflections, very slightly pearlescent.” This metallic effect echoes the style of the steel case, which is distinguished by a brushed and polished finish.
The case has a diameter of 41mm, a modest height of 11.1mm and water resistance of 100 meters. Revealed by the sapphire crystal caseback is the BR-CAL.325 automatic movement, which is based on the Sellita SW330.
The new Bell & Ross BR 05 GMT retails for $5,000 on a white rubber strap and $5,500 on a metal bracelet. The watch is available for preorder, with deliveries scheduled for October.
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