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Bell & Ross has turned to skulls on its watches for many years, a motif derived from its military-inspired designs. Following the skull emblem often used by air units, we have seen multiple versions with more classic or more daring interpretations, being the BR 01 Cyber Skull presented late last year the most avant-garde by joining the ceramic with a “robotic” and rectilinear design based on angles and facets that, personally, is the Bell & Ross Skull that I like the most.

Bell & Ross BR 01 Cyber ​​Skull Sapphire Only Watch

For this Only Watch 2021, the firm has retaken that model to create the BR 01 Cyber Skull Sapphire, a spectacular orange sapphire skull protected by a completely transparent 45 mm case also made of sapphire. True, it is not very congruent with the Bell & Ross line, but we must also conclude that it highlights its character as a unique piece.

The original Cyber Skull is interesting for its materials and shaped automaton movement, making it a good base for the Only Watch edition. Moving away from its gloomy all-black look, it adopts a much more cheerful and lighter character thanks to joining the total transparency of the case with the colorful orange of the “floating” skull, which echoes the colors of Only Watch 2021.

Bell & Ross BR 01 Cyber ​​Skull Sapphire Only Watch

While the sapphire crystal is not new (the first case in this material was presented three decades ago by Alain Silberstein), it is still rare enough to be interesting if the result is successful. In today’s case, the transparency of the case emphasizes the visual impact of the skull-shaped BR-CAL.206 movement, amplifying its light architecture and highlighting the prominence of the orange skull.

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Bell & Ross BR 01 Cyber ​​Skull Sapphire Only Watch

Both the case and the skull are a succession of polygonal surfaces, with angular facets and edges requiring complex machining. The skull, for example, is made from six sapphire blocks: one for each tibia, one for the upper part and one for the jaw, which opens and closes when the watch is wound. Its calibre is designed to adapt to the geometry of the skull to be concealed in its lower part. The baseplate follows the shape of the skull, while the bridges extend to the four corners of the case, hidden by the tibiae.

Bell & Ross BR 01 Cyber ​​Skull Sapphire Only Watch

The Bell & Ross BR 01 Cyber Skull Sapphire Only Watch will be auctioned on November 6, 2021, with an estimated selling price of between 90,000 and 110,000 Swiss francs.

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