Bell & Ross presents an extremely limited edition of only 5 watches with the BR-X1 Tourbillon Sapphire. With this chronograph the Swiss manufacturer heralds an inspirational new line in horological excellence. Of course we were already used to superb watches make by Bell & Ross, but in terms of high-tech, Bell & Ross takes a huge step forward with this BR-X1 Tourbillon.
With this chronograph Bell & Ross remains faithful to its inspiration by aeronautical flight instruments; the Sapphire is a version of the BR-X1 Tourbillon, a popular model the watch manufacturer introduced in 2015 for the first time. This watch served also as foundation for many special models.
The BR-X1 Tourbillon Sapphire is completely transparent. This is possible due to the case which is made from sapphire. This extraordinary exterior reveals the fascinating secrets of the watch. To enhance this effect, Bell & Ross skeletonized the movement which allows the mechanics of this “horological turbine” to be observed when starting, stopping and resetting.
The dial features two subdials: a 30-minute-counter at 10 o’clock and a 60-second-Counter at 2 o’clock. At 9 o’clock Bell & Ross placed the power reserve indicator and at 6 o’clock lies the flying tourbillon, attracting its fair share of attention.
Behind the dial works the calibre BR-CAL.285, a hand-wound flying tourbillon. It operates at 21.600vph and provides a power reserve of 4 whole days – or 100 hours.
The case is made from sapphire crystal and measures 45 mm in diameter. It only comes with one crown in which Bell & Ross incorporated the chronograph pushers. The case is cut from a solid block of sapphire which means, that there are no screws, blocking the view.
The bi-material strap is made from translucent rubber with a metallic Kevlar weaving.
Featuring only five models, the watches from the miniseries will not be available for the average watch lover. The BR-X1 Tourbillon Sapphire is more a foretaste of what is to come, of we can expect from Bell & Ross over the next couple of years regarding innovation. And it looks promising.