Launching the “BR-X1” model ushered in a new chapter for the “Bell & Ross” brand. It was a high-tech chronograph that gave off a sporty look. Now, for 2017 the brand has made it so visible, you can practically see thru it.
The scientific name for sapphire is “corundum”, which is the second hardest material on earth, second only to diamonds and considered a material almost impossible to scratch. So, the process required to cut a watch case from a single block of sapphire is extremely difficult and time consuming.
This “BR-X1” model line was originally introduced in 2015, featuring the exquisite new haute horlogerie version equipped with a chronograph tourbillon. At the time this watch managed to perfectly combine the extremely robust esthetic codes of the brand and its aeronautical inspired design with these technical refinements.
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The 45mm case is made out of nine blocks of sapphire: middle piece, back, top, crystal and four bumpers, assembled with screws. Bearing a transparent caseback and an overall polished finish to the case. In terms of design, it maintains the standard Bell & Ross circle in a square, which evokes the dashboard controls of an airplane cockpit. Features a screw assembly titanium crown with an incorporated pusher for the chronograph functions and four visible screws, for each of its corners.
Time is exhibited on a sapphire base open-worked dial, with rhodium-plated applique index hour markers. Also includes metallized under the crystal, with circular satin finishes: a sub-seconds dial between the 1 and 3 o’clock markers; a 30-minute counter between the 9 and 11 o’clock markers; and a tourbillon between the 5 and 7 o’clock markers featuring a “&” logogram. The flying tourbillon cage is seeable from everywhere: top, side or back. Thanks to the use of this transparent material.
The “Bell & Ross” logo has been engraved on the sapphire crystal, in a gray tone, near the 4 o’clock position. Its faceted skeleton hour and minute hands have been filled with a superluminova coating, for an enhanced legibility. Plus there is a power reserve between the 8 and 9 o’clock markers, with a rhodium-plated circular satin-finished applique. These skeleton metal applique indices are also filled with white superluminova.
Bell & Ross BR-X1 Tourbillon Sapphire
This “Bell & Ross BR-X1 Tourbillon Sapphire” (Ref#: BRX1-SKTB-SAPHIR) is powered by a hand-wound mechanical movement, caliber BR-CAL.285, with 282 components and 21,600 vph. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 100 hour, when fully wound; while water-resistance can reach up to 30 meters (98 feet). Mounted to the watch is a bi-material strap combining translucent rubber and metallic Kevlar weaving, secured to the wrist by a polished stainless-steel pin buckle. This is a limited edition of only 5 manufactured pieces. For more up to date information visit the official Bell & Ross website here.
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