Bell & Ross Gets Frosty With New BR-X5 Ice Blue Steel

Blue Steel vibes.

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The best watch designs assuredly blend form and function readily, and the best even act as a blank canvas to be updated and customized at will. Bell & Ross has treated the Bell & Ross BR-X5 accordingly in recent months, using an all-new movement and bold, vibrant colors–best seen in the new BR-X5 Ice Blue Steel.

The latest edition of the rugged, distinctive watch once again boasts an exclusive BR‐CAL.323 movement from Swiss manufacturer Kenissi, bolstering its precision and durability.

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The real star of the show, however, is the sleek and winter-appropriate, sunray Ice Blue Steel dial, reminiscent of another famed shade of light blue (in a more rugged design, of course).

Fittingly, the French watchmaker notes the combination delivers in matters of looks and up-to-the-second timekeeping: The BR-X5 Ice Blue Steel “reaches new heights of precision,” the company said.

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The movement itself is certified Swiss Official Chronometer Control Body, and boasts a highly useful 3-day power reserve (track it using the power reserve indicator at the 9’o-clock window).

Of the movement and the design itself, Bell & Ross says the design “values precision and reliability more than ever,” and it’s tough to argue with that sentiment.

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Other details are just as well-considered, including a date window displaying three slots at the 3-o’clock space, rather than the more traditional single-date window.

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The multi-component case is also a stunning visual highlight, stripping out unnecessary weight in a streamlined design visible from the side of the well-proportioned 41mm case.

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For good measure, the BR-X5, like other aviation and military-inspired timepieces from the French company, is a watch made to be worn far afield: Note the choice between a hard-wearing yet sleek stainless steel strap or a crisp, bright blue rubber strap for an additional $165.

The watch itself is priced accordingly given its handsome blend of style and utility: Be prepared to drop $6,900 if you can track one down at a Bell & Ross retailer.