The Bell & Ross BR05 Chrono
It was only 4 years ago that Bell & Ross launched the BR05 collection with the classic 3 hander, the BR05 Auto. Looking at what the collection has grown into today, big-ups to the brand for coming up with such a versatile and diverse lineup. And within the BR05 collection lies a piece that in my opinion, is one of the best Bell & Ross watches that you can get. Here’s the BR05 Chrono in green. As much as something simple like the BR05 Auto or GMT catches my eye, this BR05 Chrono checks a lot of boxes. Particularly, on the rubber strap option due to a number of reasons.
Firstly, the visual balance that is achieved. Although it might be ideal to have the date window removed, the presence of equally sized subdials seem to draw ones attention away from the date window. Hence, making it appear more balanced when viewed at a glance. Moreover, to be fair, the date window is relatively well placed and well sized. Bonus points for the color-matched date wheel too! Adding on to how it looks, the numerals used at both 12 and 6 o’clock allow for great visibility.
Next, the way it wears. For a watch that’s 42mm, it hugs my 16cm wrist relatively well with very little overhang. When worn on this rubber strap, it’s definitely worthy of being called a great daily wearer! Although it might look sleeker if the case was thinner, the thickness of 14.25mm honestly doesn’t feel as thick as it sounds. Probably due to the “steps” present on the case, it doesn’t look like a thick block of steel when viewed from the side. Overall, the wearing experience is pleasant as it is comfortable and doesn’t feel head heavy when worn on a rubber strap.
Lastly, the character that comes with this piece never fails to catch my eye. Kudos to Bell & Ross for creating a modern-day chronograph that still embodies the principles of a true Bell & Ross timepiece. That is why the BR05 Chrono or even the entire BR05 collection is in my eyes, a great entry into the brand!