Bell & Ross show us that skull and crystal are, strangely, a perfect match but you know what else and skull is also a match made in heaven? Bronze. Folks, meet the delightful Bell & Ross BR 01 Cyber Skull Bronze, the latest in Bell & Ross Cyber Skull. For some reason, the marriage between a geometric cyber skull and bronze feels like a cross between steampunk culture and cyberpunk.
The bronze won’t remain as it is however, it is a living alloy that evolves over time. It quires a unique patina in contact with each person’s skin. The geometric skull is not bronze, btw. It is rose gold-plated brass, or bronze colored.
For this latest variant of the Bell & Ross BR 01 Cyber Skull Bronze, Bell & Ross has developed a 100% manufacturer mechanism. Its manual winding activates a gimmick that will put a smile on your face By turning the crown, the jaw of the skull comes to life. It seemingly appears to be sneering. At what, I do not know but it certainly feels like it is laughing in the face of death. Ermmm, how’s that good?
Another worthy mention is the BR-CAL.210 caliber. It is a stroke of ingenuity it is almost not visible from the top. It is cleverly incorporated behind the skull with plates and bridges following the shape of the skull and extending under the four femurs. It is an absolute beauty both in aesthetics and engineering. Key highlights are as follows: Since 2009, Bell & Ross has been creating watches with skulls on them, and over the years, we have seen a fairly diverse assortment of different offerings from the brand that have all featured this popular memento mori as their centerpiece. While putting a skull on a watch is hardly a novel concept, one of the more interesting Bell & Ross models within this category is the BR 01 Cyber Skull from 2020 that puts a thoroughly modern and geometric twist on what has ultimately become a rather familiar aesthetic. While the original version of this watch was rendered in black ceramic for a decidedly contemporary look and feel, the latest release from the Paris-based brand is the Bell & Ross BR 01 Cyber Skull Bronze, which reimagines this highly-modern design in an alloy that has existed since ancient times to create a watch that offers a unique juxtaposition of futuristic design and traditional technology.