The BR 01 “Skull”, launched in 2009, was one of the first to ride the wave of the trend for Skull watches. On the back of this success, Bell & Ross revealed two new limited edition models in 2011, including the famous BR 01 Tourbillon Skull.

Bell & Ross 2009 BR 01 SKULL
2009 BR 01 SKULL


A third revisited series was released in 2015. This collection adopted a bronze case, which would develop a patina over time, transforming each watch into a unique piece. In 2016, Bell & Ross showed innovation with its BR 01 Burning Skull concept that featured an engraved case decorated with black lacquer, reminiscent of the ink used by tattoo artists.



Today, Bell & Ross is going one step further with a new Skull watch, this time equipped with an automaton movement. It includes a surprise that will make you laugh: the mandible moves and the skull grins back at you! The Bell & Ross Skull family has become an iconic collection and is now approaching its tenth anniversary.

Bell & Ross 2016 BR 01 BURNING SKULL


The Symbol Of Death To Ward Off Danger

The skull symbol has been used for centuries, particularly by pirates. They consider it a talisman that brings them courage and frightens off their enemies. It is also used by the military, as a constant reminder of their own vulnerability. These professionals often face death in the line of duty and this image appears on their uniforms and aircrafts.

The BR 01 Laughing Skull pays tribute to them all.

Bell & Ross BR 01 Laughing Skull
Bell & Ross BR 01 Laughing Skull


The Historic Watchmaking Automaton Figure

With its new BR 01 Laughing Skull watch, Bell & Ross is venturing into the field of automata for the first time. 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.

Bell & Ross BR-CAL.206

Manufacture Movement

The new Bell & Ross watch conceals a powerful character. The skull’s mandible is animated during winding. 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.

Bell & Ross BR 01 Laughing Skull Movement
Bell & Ross BR 01 Laughing Skull

Case with a bold design

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.

Bell & Ross BR 01 Laughing Skull Light Diam
Bell & Ross BR 01 Laughing Skull Light Diam


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.

Bell & Ross BR 01 Laughing Skull Case
Bell & Ross BR 01 Laughing Skull Case


Bell & Ross BR 01 Laughing Skull

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.

The New Bell & Ross BR 01 Laughing Skull
Bell & Ross BR 01 Laughing Skull 


Bell & Ross BR 01 Laughing Skull

Technical specifications:


Movement: calibre BR-CAL.206. Hand-wound

Functions:Hours and minutes. Moving skull when wound by hand.

Case:46 mm in diameter. Micro-blasted steel with "Clou de Paris" design.

Dial:Applique metal skull. Metal skeletonized Superluminova- filled hour and minute hands.

Crystal:sapphire with anti-reflective coating.

Water-resistance:100 metres

Straps:Brown alligator and black rubber.

Buckle:Pin. Micro-blasted steel.

The price for the Bell & Ross BR 01 Laughing Skull is EUR 8,900 / USD 9,900.

For more information visit Bell & Ross Online.