Bell & Ross - BR01 Skull Patine 1120
Bell & Ross - BR01 Skull Patine 1120

BR01 Skull Patine 1120

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The BR01 Skull Patine 1120 limited edition arrives at Chronopassion

The BR01 Skull Patine 1120 limited edition arrives at Chronopassion
Born of a collaboration between Laurent Picciotto and Bell & Ross, the BR01 Skull Patine 1120 Chronopassion is a limited edition of 50 pieces.
To give the BR 01 SKULL Patine 1120 its unique appearance, the case is made from micro-blasted bronze with an exclusive patina which accelerates natural ageing of the bronze, imparting a unique colour to each piece without altering the integrity or lifespan of the material. In perfect compliance with watchmaking quality standards, this alloy of copper (92%) and tin (8%) sports a very distinctive colour. Over time, the original rose or red gold tones of the bronze acquire a patina which gives it a unique, antique look. 
While bronze has resolutely survived many millennia, Bell & Ross brings it into the modern age by combining it with grade 5 titanium, which gives the back of the case hypoallergenic properties and extreme lightness, making it very comfortable to wear.
The dial of the BR01 Skull Patine 1120 features a skull and crossbones-shaped bezel, and the screws are marked with verdigris skulls. An 18th century pirate emblem, this universal symbol of death was used both to intimidate and to ward against bad luck. Its honeycomb relief dial features gilt hands with a black patina, reflecting other traditional military motifs: the sword and the dagger.
This model features some of the technical characteristics of the new BR01 Skull Bronze, including the BR-Cal.302 automatic movement, 46 mm bronze case, non-reflecting sapphire crystal and water-resistance to 100 metres.

Technical specifications

Technical specifications
Movement: automatic mechanical. BR-CAL.302. Crystal: sapphire with anti-reflective coating.
Functions: hours and minutes. Water resistance: 100 m.
Case: 46 mm in diameter. Bronze patina CuSn8. Screw-down crown.
Strap: aged brown calfskin.
Dial: black. Verdigris skull. Gilt hands covered with a blackpatina with wiping effect. Gilt metal index underneath the crystal.
Buckle: pin. Grey PVD* coated titanium.

Who's who

The first time we met? A quarter of a century ago!

They say that all good things improve with time – and that’s definitely the case for the relationship between Bell & Ross and Chronopassion. Laurent Picciotto and Carlos Rosillo have been acquainted ever since Rosillo co-founded Bell & Ross, with a very clear vision of aviation watchmaking right from the outset. The pair get along well: Rosillo likes the quality of the “dissident” selection on offer at Chronopassion, while Picciotto appreciates the clarity of Rosillo’s positioning, his message – and his creations, which have never once strayed from their flight path.

But here’s the thing: Bell & Ross is a rather unique case. Alongside highly exclusive models for lovers of complications, the brand also offers everyday watches for aircraft buffs – and in the end, Laurent Picciotto has decided to make room for them all.

It’s one of the rare brands capable of guaranteeing complete consistency across all its collections, with the same attention to detail and the same passion for beautiful mechanics,” argues Picciotto. So for once, the Rue Saint Honoré boutique will feature the most iconic standard Bell & Ross models too, rubbing shoulders with the special-edition box sets and ultra-limited complication timepieces reserved for experienced collectors. Isn’t that a bit of a gamble? At first glance, coming from a store that’s renowned for its stringent selection criteria, it is indeed.

That said, on closer inspection, it becomes clear that the plan is to preserve the brand as a whole and maintain its overall coherence. “Bell & Ross has changed enormously,” notes Laurent Picciotto. “It’s always just as much a pleasure for me to discover their latest horological-mechanical piece of craziness as their specialist diving watches with their vintage feel or supersonic cockpit look.

That pleasure has been renewed, day after day, for a quarter of a century now. After 25 years of living together, it’s high time to solemnise the union between Bell & Ross & Chronopassion at the Rue Saint-Honoré shrine !

Journalist : Olivier Müller

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