Thursday, May 21, 2009

Bell and Ross Gets the Midas Touch.

As the legend has it, King Midus was granted his wish that everything he touched turned to gold. Bell and Ross seems to have gotten a bit of the Midas touch and has crafted a timepiece made out of 18k rose gold. The Bell & Ross BR01-92 Gold Ingot. The remarkable nature of this timepiece is that not only the 46mm wide case is made from gold, but the hour markers, hands and dial are made from gold too. The effect would have been quite bland , to much of a good thing; however, Bell and Ross has incorporated lovely pyramid texturing within the circle on the dial.
Typically the Bell and Ross screws are steel; however, on this model ,gold is the order of the day, and the 18k rose gold screws look wonderful.
The watch keeps perfect time with the aid of a Swiss ETA 2892A2 automatic mechanical movement. A gentle swing of ones hand will wind the watch.
I suppose it would have been a bit over the top to attach an 18k rose gold bracelet to the case, kind of like eating a whole box of chocolates at one sitting, and so I think the shiny black alligator strap works perfectly to enhance the watch cases bold gold look.
I am not sure where this Bell and Ross watch would look better, on my wrist or hung ,like a medal, around my neck.

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