After launching BR 01 «Skull» in 2009 and BR 01 SKULL BRONZE in 2015, Bell & Ross presents BURNING SKULL, a brand new version from the Skull series celebrating 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 6th June 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. Today, the legendary «Jolly Rogers» still figures on military equipment, such as uniforms, emblems and aeroplanes as a decorative element that is used as a talisman or a rebel symbol. And what could be more symbolic than a tattoo, particularly one that depicts an image as striking as the fires of hell.
Despite its provocative aspect, the skull is not the only unusual decoration on the watch. The entire case surrounding the dial is fully engraved and decorated in the style of a tattoo. Evoking some of the most striking designs used to decorate the skin, the watch is emblazoned with sparks flying in all directions, on both the front and back, with an array of details covering every surface and recess. Turn the watch over, and even the visible inscriptions on the case-back seem to be taken from a real tattoo, with the curved letters appearing to follow the contours of an arm. Its bold, edgy graphics recall the mythical fires of hell, and include numerous motifs symbolising destiny and mortality: a heart, a rose, a scythe and an hourglass, lurking within the decoration.
The realism of the skull in the centre of the «tattoo» is reinforced by the design of the dial on two levels, which brings a depth to the visual effect. The skull is created from stamped metal, a process traditionally used for producing coins and medals, and which creates a true relief. The black SuperLuminova covering the dial face further accentuates the skull, intensifying its defiant stare.
BR 01 Burning Skull
Limited Edition of 500 Pieces
Hours and minutes
46 mm diameter
Engraved, micro-blasted steel
Hand-filled with black lacquer
Crystal: anti-reflective sapphire
Stamped metal skull
Brown alligator and ultra-resistant black synthetic fabric
Buckle: pin. Steel