BR 05 for the Springboks

Green and gold: a BR 05 for the Springboks?

Dressed in green and gold, the new BR 05 makes for the perfect timepiece for supporters of the Springboks rugby team (and the squad itself) when the ‘Green and Gold’ heads to France — from where Bell & Ross reigns — is made for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

Recently, Bell & Ross announced the introduction of a new BR 05 variant, with the French luxury watchmaker handing its popular timepiece the green-and-gold treatment, which, it says, are hues evoking victory. And no, we’re not talking about South Africa’s national rugby team, the Springboks (also known as the “Green and Gold”). However, we’d argue that the third link in Bell & Ross’ Gold family makes an exquisite watch for Springbok fans who want to show their support in utmost luxury when the Green and Gold head to France for this year’s Rugby World Cup and watch collectors worldwide. So, let’s kick off with the details about the latest BR 05…

BR 05 for the Springboks

But first, a disclaimer: this iteration is not made to celebrate the Springboks. Understandably so, as it’s made in France, one of South Africa’s most fierce competitors in World Rugby. Even so, we can’t overlook the resembling hues, which makes it suitable for the Springboks squad and supporters.

Like its stablemates, this BR 05 takes inspiration from the iconic BR 03. Sporting an integrated (40 mm) case and bracelet or strap, the BR 05 has always been known for its clean design. The Ref. BR05A-gn-pg enhances this design with a shimmering green sunray dial, a shade replete with a luminous tone, and an 18-carat, satin-finished rose gold case incorporating a bracelet crafted from the same material or a green alligator leather strap. The folding buckle, too, is fashioned from the precious material.

But let’s take a closer look at the eye-catching dial. The depth of the shade is obtained thanks to several coats of tinted green varnish. And, thanks to the metal plate serving at a base, the sunburst effect changes colour when the timepiece is tilted. Bell & Ross says the hue varies between an “almost” fluorescent shade and dark bottle green.

BR 05 for the Springboks

Displayed through an 18-carat rose gold and sapphire case back, Bell & Ross’ BR-CAL.321. movement keeps the time running, and it will do so for almost 40 hours. That’s 25 rugby matches, including halftime of each game!

As a reminder, the Ireland national rugby team currently sits at the top of the International Rugby League rankings, with France’s Les Blues placed second and the All Blacks third. The Springboks team, the current World Cup holders, are fourth but will undoubtedly look to claim top honours at this year’s Rugby World Cup. Scotland and England are fifth and sixth in the rankings, with Australia and Argentina coming seventh and eighth, respectively. Wales and Japan complete the top 10 rankings.

The 2023 Rugby World Cup kicks off on 8 September, with France taking on New Zealand at the iconic Stade de France stadium. The Springboks will make their first appearance (against Scotland) on 10 September.