With its new BR 01 Laughing Skull watch, Bell & Ross is venturing into the field of automata for the first time.
These autonomous mechanisms, which feature an animated display, appeared in Europe in the 14th century at the same time as mechanical clocks. They often take the form of a Jaquemart, an animated mechanized figure of a person, fitted to a church clock tower to strike the hours on a bell.
The original Laughing Skull concept is therefore a kind of direct descendant of these elegant animation systems.
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