Although Swiss watch company Bell & Ross did not make the BR-01 Airborne 415 watch for Halloween, it sure fits the occasion. The watch debuted at Baselworld 2009 to great acclaim. The skull design pays tribute to the type of aviation professionals that Bell & Ross caters to. This limited edition BR-01 Airborne 415 watch combines military credence with Haute Joellerie, as the skulls of these watches are studded in diamonds. The skull itself is a symbol that has become adopted by divisions within the U.S. military; its motto “death from above” is used by courageous paratroopers when in action. The limited edition BR-01 Airborne 672 also has this same look. Only 99 of each of these watch collections will be produced. The difference in and name of each collection has to do with the number of diamonds on the watch case. Both dials are paved in natural white diamonds, while 259 full-cut round diamonds are set by hand to fill the shape of the skull. On the Airborne 415 watches there are 156 black diamonds set on the bone-shaped bezel that compliment the dial, while on the Airborne 672, there are 413 black diamonds which cover the watch’s entire face. Both watch collections comes with the new version of Bell & Ross’s wide strap made of black shagreen, which is made with natural grained galuchat. Galuchat comes from the leather of sting rays and actually consists of hundreds of tiny ivory beads that offer a unique, exotic, and luxurious glossy finish. If you prefer the traditional black rubber strap found on many Bell & Ross watches, you may have the shagreen one switches out. All watches are water resistant to 100 meters, and although these exclusive collections are more luxurious looking due to the white and black diamonds, they still function as seriously and professionally as any other B&R watch.
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