Isle of Man
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With its BR 01 Laughing Skull watch, Bell & Ross is integrating automatons in its collection. These autonomous mechanisms, which feature an animated display, appeared in Europe in the 14th century at the same time as mechanical clocks. They often take the form of a Jaquemart, an animated mechanized figure of a person, fitted to a church clock tower to strike the hours on a bell. The original Laughing Skull concept is therefore a kind of direct descendant of these elegant animation systems.
This watch conceals a powerful character. The skull’s mandible is animated during winding to then perform a characteristic "laughing" movement. To create it, 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.
This bold timepiece is made from microblasted steel. The 46- mm case is decorated with a “Clous de Paris” finish. This type of guilloché pattern requires special machining. The marriage of the Skull dial and its guilloché case adds to the character of the whole piece. Naturally, the skull on the dial is the key feature of this watch. It has been made from metal appliqué, which has been embossed to create a relief pattern. This process is usually used to mint coins or make medals. As an added bonus, the skeleton work gives the impression that the skull is floating weightless in the center of the case. The sword-shaped hands are similar to those on the earlier Skull collections, but on this model they are skeletonized and coated in Superluminova®.
Hours and minutes. Moving skull when wound by hand.
46 mm in width. Micro-blasted steel with "Clou de Paris" design.
Applique metal skull. Metal skeletonized Super-LumiNova®-filled hour and minute hands.
Sapphire with anti-reflective coating.
Brown alligator skin.
Pin. Micro-blasted steel.