After their transparent innovation last year, Bell & Ross is already back with a follow-up second generation release of their “BR-X2” model. As they take their transparency challenge to the extreme with this new “Bell & Ross BR-X2 Tourbillon Micro-Rotor Skeleton”.


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As aforementioned this new release is the next step by the Italian based horology brand in “transparency” after they astonished watch aficionados with the “Bell & Ross BR-X2 Tourbillon Micro Rotor” (Ref#: BRX2-MRTB-ST), which was released less than a year ago.


“Bell & Ross BR-X2 Tourbillon Micro Rotor” (Ref#: BRX2-MRTB-ST)

So, in essence what we have here is a hybrid mix of the “BR-X2 Tourbillon Micro Rotor” and the previous 2016 released “Bell & Ross BR-X1 Tourbillon Sapphire” (Ref#: BRX1-SKTB-SAPHIR), which you can read up on here.


The “BR-X1” model line was originally introduced in 2015 and it’s been growing in complications since then at a steady-pace, as they rapidly moved on to the “BR-X2” models. Officially all these watches are part of the “BR-X Experimental” collection.


Launching the “BR-X1 Tourbillon Sapphire” model with its hefty half-million price-tag and scarce limited edition of a mere 5 manufactured pieces, ushered in a new chapter for the Bell & Ross brand. Among other things it has served to cement their reputation as true innovators in the horology field. Pushing the boundaries of what can be done with sapphire as a main material. Refresh your memory by reading up on their initial sapphire breakthrough watch here.


“Bell & Ross BR-X1 Tourbillon Sapphire” (Ref#: BRX1-SKTB-SAPHIR)

On this newly released “BR-X2″ the iconic circle in a square case by Bell & Ross measures in at 42.5mm with a satin-polished finish and solid case back, for this 2018 update. They have crafted the signature case out of two sapphire crystal plates, linked together by a narrow band of steel machined as a single piece, to ensure unrestricted visibility. Hence the concept behind the “BR-X2” consisting on a “movement worn directly on the wrist” to quote directly from the Bell& Ross press release.

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It also comes equipped with a setting-crown and exposed screws in each corner of the square case. All topped by a sapphire crystal that assists with water-resistance on this watch being able to reach up to 50 meters (164 feet).


Time is exhibited on a skeletonized dial with metal applique hour index markers. It’s been stripped down to the bear minimal in order to achieve the Bell & Ross objective of making the case “virtually invisible”. Leaving the dial to mainly showcase the skeleton movement. Bruno Belamich, the brand’s Creative Director had this utopian idea of “Fusing the case and movement into a single component to make the case disappear, leaving just the movement visible”.

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And he’s been successfully pushing this initial concept further and further, as he packs more and more complications on to these sapphire based timepieces. The designer has opted for both simplicity and performance, as he highlights the inherent aesthetic purity and technical expertise of these watches. The flying tourbillon is also visible at the 6 o’clock position.


Bell & Ross BR-X2 Skeleton Tourbillon Micro Rotor

This “Bell & Ross BR-X2 Skeleton Tourbillon Micro Rotor” (Ref#: BRX2-MRTB-SK-ST) is powered by the self-winding in-house mechanical movement, caliber BR-CAL.381. It comes equipped with the aforementioned micro-rotor that has been machined in a very dense alloy, known as “Reconit 18”. This alloy contains 95% tungsten and 18.5 density, compared to steel.


Mounted to the watch is a grey alligator strap with scales and exposed matching stitching, while secured to the wrist by a satin-polished steel folding buckle. This is a limited edition of 50 manufactured timepieces. For more up to date information visit the official Bell & Ross website here.

MSRP: $79,000.00 USD

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Written by Mauro Az