After its debut in 2019 and a chronograph in 2020, finally, the BR 05 collection from Bell & Ross is getting a GMT. If I’m being honest, I think the GMT is the complication that resonates the most with this sporty, dynamic and elegant case. It gives you the ability to track two different timezones, offers all the legibility and reliability of a well-made watch, and is sleek and cool enough for a variety of outfits. How much more ‘urban instrument’ can it get?
With Bell & Ross launching quite a few GMTs in the last year or so, the BR 05 GMT still manages to bring something new to the table. Unlike the BR V2 and BR 03 GMTs that offer the second timezone on the bezel, the BR 05 GMT puts this indicator beneath the sapphire crystal as an outer ring surrounding the dial. It would have been nice if they had a separate crown to make this ring adjustable as some super compressor dive watches do, but perhaps this may ruin the elegance that the case brings.
The watch bears all the hallmarks of Bell & Ross’ signature legibility, including the contrasting dial and indices and a bright red accent on the GMT hand. For those unfamiliar with the complication, the GMT hand adds a second timezone by making one full rotation every 24 hours. This can be used to track the home time, while the three conventional hands can be used to indicate the local time, a great tool for jet setters.
The watch will also come with the signature integrated bracelet of the BR 05 collection while the case, in 41mm is finished with the alternating Satin and polished steel finishes. The movement is the automatic winding calibre BR-CAL.325 that allows for a quick setting function of the GMT hand.
The Bell & Ross BR 05 GMT is priced at MYR 23,000 with the integrated steel bracelet.