Bell & Ross - BR-X1 Skeleton Tourbillon Sapphire
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Bell & Ross - BR-X1 Skeleton Tourbillon Sapphire

BR-X1 Skeleton Tourbillon Sapphire

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BR-X1 Skeleton Tourbillon Sapphire

The launch of the BR-X1 CHRONOGRAPH TOURBILLON SAPPHIRE last year marked a new chapter in the Bell & Ross saga. A new watchmaking adventure that emphasizes concepts like high-tech, creativity, superior mechanical performance and, therefore, seduction. Today, Bell & Ross continues to stretch the boundaries of fine watchmaking by creating an exceptional new model, the BR-X1 that takes the challenge of transparency to the extreme.  
 
In addition to its top performance, the sapphire gives it uniqueness and beauty. The sapphire case is a bit like an X-ray image that lets us visualize its structure and understand its assembly by allowing the eyes to gaze freely into the heart of the movement. By revealing the soul of this one-of-a-kind watch, the spectacle becomes magical. 
 
The hour counter is off-centered and positioned above the barrel for releasing the tourbillon’s cage and further revealing the mechanical beauty of the movement. Bell & Ross has designed a flying tourbillon that seems to float in weightlessness. This gives the powerful timepiece even more magic. Heir to traditional watchmaking techniques, but highly contemporary in its design and finishes, the work of the skeleton reduces mechanics to the essential for the splendor of translucency. 
 
This exceptional watch, launched in a limited edition of 8 pieces, is made from 5 sapphire blocks that were carefully carved before assembling them accurately and delicately with screws. It combines the fundamental codes of the brand with the greatest technical and aesthetic refinement. 
 
The BR-X1 SKELETON TOURBILLON SAPPHIRE succeeds in unveiling the secrets of time.

Technical specifications

Movement: calibre BR-CAL.288. Hand-wound skeleton
tourbillon movement. 20 jewels , 21’ 600 Alt/h. 100 hours
power reserve.
Crystal: anti-reflective sapphire.
Functions: hours and minutes. Flying tourbillon at 6 o'clock. Strap: translucent rubber.
Case: 45mm in diameter. Sapphire.
Dial: skeleton at 12 o'clock. Superluminova® indices. Metal
skeleton Superluminova®-filled hour and minutes hands.
Buckle: pin. Satin-polished steel.
 

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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