Bell and Ross in Paris

Bell & Ross watches & cigars event Paris

Wednesday night in Paris, a special event gathered both watches and cigar fans at Bell & Ross’s headquarters near the Champs-Élysées.

The brand, known for its aviation inspired items, was launching the BR 05 Chrono Edición Limitada, a 250 pieces limited edition – a third addition to the Bell & Ross collection inspired by the world of cigars, after the BR Vintage 126 XL (2006) and the WWI (2015).

The BR 05 takes on a color code of brown, pink and deep red. These tones evoke a maduro cigar wrapper, with its dark brown finish plus a red and gold ring.

Cherry on the cake, the watch is delivered in a humidor adorned with varnished ebony on the outside and cedar wood in the inside. Once the watch is removed, cigars are most welcomed.

“I’m just a humble cigar lover”, said Bell & Ross co-founder Carlos Rosillo to the participants. “To me it is obvious that cigars and watches share similarities, like the handcraft work and a spectacular visual dimension”. The watch, that comes in two versions, steel and gold bracelet (EUR 11.900 ) and rubber strap (EUR 7.900), was designed by the other co-founder, Bruno Belamich.

As a partner of the event, Pierre Jourdan, Les Fines Lame’s founder, designed a limited edition of his now famous cigar punch bracelet. True fan of the French-Swiss Maison, the entrepreneur told that the first collection watch he offered to himself was a Bell & Ross. “It’s amazing to see so many cigars enthusiasts here for such a night”, he said. “It’s been a while we couldn’t share our passion, in person. This event is a great opportunity to do so, crossing over two unique worlds.”

While downstairs the participants could attend a showroom and a bar dedicated to cigar pairings, upstairs was the place to smoke. The guests had the choice between a special Nicaraguan blend in robusto and torpedo vitolas and even some vintage Cuban cigars from Carlos Rosillo’s own private collection.

A journalist since 1995, Guillaume Tesson wrote for various newspapers and magazines. From 2005 to 2013 he worked for the French cigar magazine L’Amateur de Cigare as a reporter, member of the tasting committee, and eventually as editor in chief for the iPad version. His passion for cigars led him to write two books, Cigares (Hachette Pratique) and Le Petit Larousse des Cigares (Larousse). Guillaume lives in Paris and, for Cigar Journal, has his finger on the pulse of everything that goes on in France that has to do with cigars.


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