Bell and Ross BR 05 Chrono Edición Limitada

Bell & Ross has launched a watch for cigar lovers with the Edición Limitada, a nod to the Spanish-speaking Island of cigars – otherwise known as Cuba.

Based on the BR 05, the chronograph is aimed at what the brand describes as a “chic, stylish dandy and urban epicurean.”
The BR 05 Chrono Edición Limitada chronograph echoes the spirit of the previous Edición Limitada and is inspired by the world of Havana cigars.

If this watch were a cigar, it would be the famous Robusto Maduro. A cigar is defined by two main elements: the colour of its wrapper and its module.
With its rounded square corners and 42mm case, the BR 05 Chrono Edición Limitada chronograph evokes the Robusto cigar, a famous thick, short cigar with a square tip.

Matte brown dresses up the dial with the colour here evoking the tobacco leaf surrounding the cigar while gold covers the small, subtle details, like the outside of the chronograph counters.

Red can be found on the stopwatch hands, inducing the cigar bands. As a nod to the cigar’s roots, the Edición Limitada inscription on the dial is written in red and in Spanish.
The colour code used is also a way to separate different functions, a Bell & Ross signature design detail. The two stopwatch hands are dressed in red.

The large central hand measures the seconds, while the small hand on the counter at 9 o’clock measures the stopwatch minutes.

The counter at 3 o’clock houses a small golden hand which displays the seconds: no risk of confusion.

In terms of materials, gold features on the bezel and strap links and the case and the rest of the strap are made of steel.

Available in two strap variants, there is a brown rubber entry level strap as well as a more luxurious 4N rose gold and steel to match the case and bezel.

A refined chronograph, the BR 05 Chrono Edición Limitada houses a self-winding BR-CAL301 movement.