Style / July 2018

Memento Mori: the BR01 Laughing Skull

The skull is a universal symbol that has been used for centuries, most famously by pirates and soldiers. The symbol represents death meant to frighten enemies and bring courage to those who display it. The BR 01 Laughing Skull is a tribute to those who have displayed the symbol in the past.

In 2009, Bell and Ross launched the first in their skull watch line, that is the BR 01. Bell and Ross was the first to ride the wave of the skull watch trend. On the back of this success, they revealed two new limited edition models in 2011, including the famous BR01 Tourbillon Skull.

Today, with their 5th iteration of the skull watch design, Bell and Ross went a step further, equipping the piece with an automaton movement; a windable mandible that moves. The brand developed the BR-CAL.206: a caliber entirely produced by the manufacture that is also skull-shaped, so that the mechanism fits the case perfectly. In the extension of the 4 bones, the 4 bridges secure the main plate to the case and come together to form a single assembly floating in the center of the watch.

The BR 01 Laughing Skull has been created for those who love original timepieces. It is symbolic in more ways than one, making it a powerful statement piece. Its automaton movement places it in the category of exceptional watches.

Produced in a limited edition of 500, this model will appeal particularly to collectors of Haute Horlogerie watches. The BR 01 Laughing Skull model sees the brand take the Skull concept one brave step further.