Bell & Ross introduced the first watch of a new collection – BR-X1, a high-tech chronograph with a sporty design in limited edition of 250 pieces.
Ten years ago, Bell & Ross launched the BR-01, high-performance watch that has become an iconic watch thanks to its square shape, its round dial with perfect legibility and its functional design. New BR-X1 is a high-end chronograph with a resolutely sporty design and sophisticated haute horlogerie finishes. Its 45-mm case is made from grade 5 titanium. The square case of the BR-X1 is covered with a high-tech band made from ceramic and rubber. It is designed as a cover around the edges, acting as a defensive shield that protects it from possible impacts. Its push-buttons are used to activate the chronograph functions; these push-buttons are also made from high-tech ceramic with ergonomically-designed rubber inserts. A rubber button grip insert is also built into the case at 9 o’clock, to make it easier to activate the chronograph functions. The sapphire glass has an anti-glare coating to ensure perfect legibility.
Its skeleton chronograph movement is an exceptional motor combining haute horlogerie finishes and extreme lightness. Structured in the shape of an “X”, its upper bridge (treated with black DLC) reads like a mark of its identity. “X”, is the code name that refers to NASA’s experimental projects, and which gives the watch its name: the BR-X1. The back of the BR-X1 – made from grade 5 titanium – features a small, round opening which reveals the beating heart of the balance. Made from grey-tinted mineral glass and featuring appliqué metal indices with photo-luminescent inserts, the dial forms a clear window through which the movement can be admired. The sophisticated, Superluminova®-filled hands offer perfect legibility.
The central hour and minute hands are read traditionally, while the small seconds hand is positioned at 3 o’clock. The skeleton date dial is positioned at 6 o’clock. The minute timer on the chronograph function is positioned at 9 o’clock; instead of a hand, it features an ultra light aluminium disc resembling the blades of a turbine. Essential for calculating speeds, the tachometer scale appears on the ring; each chronograph function is marked with a subtle touch of red.
Bell & Ross BR-X1 Skeleton Chronograph
• Automatic mechanical
• Skeleton chronograph.
• Hours, minutes and small seconds
• Skeleton date at 6 o’clock
• Chronograph with 60-second and 30-minute timers.
• 45 mm diameter
• Titanium and ceramic with rubber inserts
• Toggle push-buttons
• Back with opening in tinted sapphire crystal, centred on the balance
• Glass: sapphire crystal with anti-glare coating
• Water-resistance: 100 metres.
• Grey-tinted mineral glass
• Metal skeleton Superluminova®-filled hours and minutes hands
• Appliqué metal indices with Superluminova® inserts.