Bell & Ross sees stars with a new watch for women

Inspired by the night sky, the BR S Diamond Eagle is a beautifully bold departure from a brand normally known for its brawn

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Bell & Ross is typically associated with big and bold timepieces, backed up by military credentials and technical expertise. And while it offers a select collection for the slimmer of wrist, it is not an obvious first port of call for women. However, this could be set to change with a new release that has the brand reaching for the stars – a chic, feminine and eminently wearable watch that remains true to the distinctive Bell & Ross look.

Principally makers of pilots' instruments, the watchmaker is no stranger to the skies and on this occasion is celebrating nature's pivotal role in the history of aviation, where stars were essential to voyagers finding their bearings on long journeys. The BR S Diamond Eagle takes it name and inspiration from the pattern that elegantly stretches across its dial, the Aquila constellation, which translates from Latin as "eagle". Here, the points are marked with something just as precious – seven delicate diamonds, which sparkle against a backdrop of deep midnight blue.

The timepiece retains Bell & Ross's signature, pleasingly chunky case shape – a round dial housed within a soft square, which, taken in combination with the satin-polished steel material, makes for a thoroughly contemporary aesthetic. It comes in two variations, both equipped with a quartz movement, with either a more pared-back look (£1,990) or a further smattering of diamonds around the bezel (£4,700). Breaking many of the usual design codes, it proves that when it comes to reimagining how a women's watch can look, the sky really is the limit.

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