With its sporty look and robust sophistication, the launch of the BR-X1 marked the beginning of a fresh new chapter in Bell & Ross’ saga.
Revolutionary in design and inspired by aeronautical flight instruments, the BR-X1 line stretched its wings in 2015 with an exceptional new Haute Horlogerie version: the BR-X1 Chronograph Tourbillon.
This watch combined the extremely virile esthetic codes of the brand with technical refinement. Yet the thrill of a further development was still to come. True to its relentless quest for excellence and performance, Bell & Ross boldly set forth to achieve the ultimate expression of this already iconic design: a skeleton movement enhanced as a rare treasure.
5 fascinating secrets about the BR-X1 Chronograph Tourbillon Sapphire
- It is built around a Flying Tourbillon master grand complication and Bell & Ross has added an ultra elegant mono-pusher chronograph.
- The chronograph complication is visible and provides a privileged window into its many intricacies.
- Masculine through and through, the main plate and pillars have been machined from a single block of metal.
- The perfectly executed skeletonising of the movement, in a stunningly contemporary style and finish, allows the exceptional mechanics of this “horological turbine” to be observed when starting, stopping and resetting.
- A treat for the eyes, this outstanding timepiece offers breathtaking views into its inner workings.
A treasure chest of pure sapphire
To those of us in awe of nature’s riches, sapphire is an iconic precious gemstone. To the world of science, it’s a mineral known as corundum, the second hardest material on earth after diamond, and almost impossible to scratch. Herein, lies the beauty of this once-in-a-lifetime creation by the master horologers at Bell & Ross.
What we really love is the extreme transparency of sapphire, which allows the eye to virtually travel inside the movement and see the ingenious interactions in all their glory. Cutting a watch case from a solid block of sapphire is an extremely difficult process, and it takes long hours of machining, then polishing, to produce one. The BR-X1 Chronograph Tourbillon Sapphire case is cut from six blocks of sapphire and is assembled with screws. The complexity of the case construction is a challenge to technical mastery and that’s precisely what makes it an exceptional and striking timepiece.