Three things I am a huge fan of are watches, tattoos and skulls. It’s been like this for over 20 years.
Bell & Ross just released the Burning Skull. It combines military symbolism and the art of tattooing.
Each of the BR 01 Skull collections pays its own unique tribute to the legendary parachutists of the Second World War. Emerging from the skies at dawn on June 6, 1944, the troops of the 82nd and 101st American airborne divisions played a vital role in the Normandy landings. On their jumpsuits, these elite fighters proudly wore an insignia bearing a skull and the words: Death from Above, both to intimidate their opponents and to ward off ill fortune.
The case is 46 mm in diameter and is constructed out of micro blasted stainless steel. The caseback and entire area encompassing the dial is fully engraved and decorated in the style of a tattoo. This gives a dimension and visual that is very original, innovative and mesmerizing.
The caseback graphics bring back the mythical fires of hell, and include numerous motifs symbolising destiny and mortality: a heart, a rose, a scythe and an hourglass.
The dial is a stamped metal skull (a process usually used to create coins and medals, creating a true relife), hand-filled with black lacquer, and black Superluminova-coated.
The movement is the Swiss automatic Bell & Ross caliber BR302 showing the hours and minutes.
Its fitted on a a brown alligator leather strap, an ultra-resistant black synthetic fabric and a steel pin buckle. There are 500 pieces made for the world.
This watch is very punk rock. It’s unapologetic while paying tribute to history. Let’s hope it’s priced accordingly!