Bell & Ross - Bell & Ross BR-X1
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Bell & Ross - Bell & Ross BR-X1

Bell & Ross BR-X1

Bell & Ross
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Bell & Ross BR-X1

Always ahead of its time, Bell & Ross continues to innovate with the launch of the BR-X1, a high-tech chronograph with a sporty design, which is as robust as it is sophisticated. Revolutionary in its design, the BR-X1 is the first watch of a new collection from Bell & Ross and the beginning of a whole new chapter in the saga of the brand. An extreme version of the BR-01, whose iconic square shape is directly inspired by aeronautical flight instruments, the BR-X1 is much more than a top-of-the-range contemporary sports watch: it is the "Ultimate Utility Watch".
 
Limited edition - 250 pcs.

Technical specifications

Bell & Ross special movement: automatic mechanical. Skeleton chronograph.
 
Glass: sapphire crystal with anti-glare coating.
Functions: hours, minutes and small seconds. Skeleton date at 6
o'clock. Chronograph with 60-second and 30-minute timers.
Water-resistance: 100 metres.
Case: 45 mm diameter. Titanium and ceramic with rubber
inserts. Toggle push-buttons. Back with opening in tinted
sapphire crystal, centred on the balance.
Straps: woven black rubber.
Dial: grey-tinted mineral glass. Metal skeleton
Superluminova®-filled hours and minutes hands. Appliqué
metal indices with Superluminova® inserts.
Buckle: pin. Steel with rubber insert.
 

Who's who

The first time we met? A quarter of a century ago!

They say that all good things improve with time – and that’s definitely the case for the relationship between Bell & Ross and Chronopassion. Laurent Picciotto and Carlos Rosillo have been acquainted ever since Rosillo co-founded Bell & Ross, with a very clear vision of aviation watchmaking right from the outset. The pair get along well: Rosillo likes the quality of the “dissident” selection on offer at Chronopassion, while Picciotto appreciates the clarity of Rosillo’s positioning, his message – and his creations, which have never once strayed from their flight path.

But here’s the thing: Bell & Ross is a rather unique case. Alongside highly exclusive models for lovers of complications, the brand also offers everyday watches for aircraft buffs – and in the end, Laurent Picciotto has decided to make room for them all.

It’s one of the rare brands capable of guaranteeing complete consistency across all its collections, with the same attention to detail and the same passion for beautiful mechanics,” argues Picciotto. So for once, the Rue Saint Honoré boutique will feature the most iconic standard Bell & Ross models too, rubbing shoulders with the special-edition box sets and ultra-limited complication timepieces reserved for experienced collectors. Isn’t that a bit of a gamble? At first glance, coming from a store that’s renowned for its stringent selection criteria, it is indeed.

That said, on closer inspection, it becomes clear that the plan is to preserve the brand as a whole and maintain its overall coherence. “Bell & Ross has changed enormously,” notes Laurent Picciotto. “It’s always just as much a pleasure for me to discover their latest horological-mechanical piece of craziness as their specialist diving watches with their vintage feel or supersonic cockpit look.

That pleasure has been renewed, day after day, for a quarter of a century now. After 25 years of living together, it’s high time to solemnise the union between Bell & Ross & Chronopassion at the Rue Saint-Honoré shrine !

Journalist : Olivier Müller

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