Never say never. A few years ago when I first saw the Bell & Ross Airborne (now called Skull) I found the watch to be unique but unattractive... Why would anyone want to wear a watch with a huge skull on it? Some people are surely crazy... Well, here is my newest watch, the limited edition Bell & Ross BR 01 Skull Bronze ;-). Proof again that tastes do change with time, so never say never.
Bell & Ross released its first Airborne (Skull) watch in 2009 with an all black PVD case. Later on they released the Airborne II (Skull II) with a worn black PVD case which looks a lot nicer than the first version since it gave it that vintage look and feel. Then in 2015, they released this Skull Bronze. The Skull collection pays tribute to the US Airborne parachutists of World War II.
There is something about the combination of the skull and the patina on the bronze case that simply sings to me... Makes me feel like the watch actually belonged to a pirate or that it came from a pirate's treasure chest. Just looks and feels awesome. I have always been a fan of bronze case watches, the Panerai models being my favorite. It looks like gold when it is brand new and as it ages it takes on a very unique look that can always be reversed. It is simply a beautiful and fun material for a watch.
Definitely not for everyone (a few years ago I would have never thought I'd own one), but now I am very happy to welcome this special Bell & Ross into my watch family. My craziest looking watch to date and I love it.