The Bell & Ross brand has a very strong association with aviation timepieces, but this latest model wants to go to outer space. Since it’s been inspired by space exploration, but in reality hasn’t been out of our stratosphere or even tested in such conditions. Still it’s a great looking watch for horology and space enthusiasts alike; introducing the: “Bell & Ross BR-X1 Hyperstellar”.
This outer-space venture hasn’t been the only novelty excursion by Bell & Ross. Recently they also hit the ground running with a car themed watch; after having had a motorcycle inspired timepiece. So, it’s safe to say this horology brand is attempting to foray outside of its comfort zone. But, we can also highlight that all these whimsical pieces have been very aesthetically pleasing.
More in synch with the theme of this timepiece was the “Bell & Ross Diamond Eagle” ladies watch, which Bell & Ross also launched this year to the horology market. It even came in a star-studded diamond bezel version, besides the connect-the-dots constellation visible on both versions dial. But, neither that watch nor this “Hyperstellar” model were ever really deployed in outer-space.
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Plans for such a triumphant milestone may be in the works, but for now the brand is experimenting with materials that could potentially withstand space exploration. Such as the grade 5 titanium and anodized aluminium applied on this watch and widely used in the aerospace industry. The blue and gray color-scheme were chosen to symbolize earth and the moon.
The iconic 45mm square case with a round dial and bezel by Bell & Ross is made of titanium with a micro-blasted finish; and features a fixed bezel with an insert made of anodized blue aluminium. The case is also equipped with rubber bumpers, as further protection against dents and dings on the case.
Other features include rubber-grip chronograph rocker push-buttons to each side of the regulating crown. The overall solid screwed-in caseback includes an opening in tinted sapphire crystal, centered on the balance, which allows to see part of this watches inner workings. Engraved on the caseback is also information, such as the serial number corresponding to each piece of this limited edition series, water-resistance, construction materials, etc.
There is a predominately grey tone with some blue highlights in this otherwise skeletonized dial. Time is exhibited via appliqué metal hour index markers with SuperLuminova inserts. Also features two sub-dials: a small-seconds counter placed at the 3 o’clock position and a 30-minute counter located at the 9 o’clock position, which is highlighted by the same anodized blue aluminium, seen on the bezel insert. There is also a skeletonized date aperture found at the 6 o’clock position.
Two railroad track rings also circle around inside the dial; one is filled with white minute index markers; while the outer blue colored ring highlights the tachymeter scale, it includes. All these elements are covered by a grey-tinted sapphire crystal, with an anti-reflective coating
Bell & Ross BR-X1 Hyperstellar
This “Bell & Ross BR-X1 Hyperstellar” (Ref#: BRX1-AL-TI-BLU) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber BR-CAL.313, with 56 jewels and 28,800 vph. A caliber based on the ETA 2894-2 base movement, designed specifically for Bell & Ross, by Dubois-Dépraz. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 42 hours and water-resistance can reach up to 100m (330 feet). Mounted to the watch is a dark gray alligator strap, with gray rubber lining, secured to the wrist by a stainless-steel pin buckle that includes a grey rubber insert. This is a limited edition watch of only 250 produced pieces. For more up to date information visit the official Bell & Ross website here.
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