The Bell & Ross BR 01 Instrument started with a simple idea: turn a cockpit instrument panel clock into a wristwatch. Now available in a number of versions and materials, the BR 01 Instrument watch has become popular with collectors. For Only Watch 2009, Bell & Ross has created a unique version of the new Airborne Talisman watch called the BR 01 Airborne One.
The original BR 01 Airborne was developed to honor the soldiers who fought during World War II, and particularly the paratroopers of the US Airborne divisions. They wore the skull emblem on their uniforms as a symbol of courage in the face of death. The Airborne One model for Only Watch is a unique piece set with black and white diamonds. Bell & Ross chose this model as a strong symbol to represent the courage and iron will that children with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy display every day.
This unique timepiece will be offered on September 24 at the Only Watch auction conducted by Patrizzi & Co. during the Monaco Yacht Show. The auction enjoys the high patronage of HSH Prince Albert II, and all proceeds of the sale go to support research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
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Bell & Ross Only Watch ’09 BR 01 Airborne One
Movement: Automatic mechanical ETA 2892
Functions: Hours, minutes
Case: 46 mm diameter Titanium with PVD coating. Screw-in crown
Bezel: Steel set with 672 white and black diamonds
Total weight: 4.57 carats
Crystal: Anti-reflection sapphire crystal
Water-resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Galuchat or rubber