Bell & Ross - BR‑X2 TOURBILLON MICRO-ROTOR
Bell & Ross - BR‑X2 TOURBILLON MICRO-ROTOR

BR‑X2 TOURBILLON MICRO-ROTOR

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Bell and Ross BR-X2 Tourbillon Micro-Rotor: the Best of Haute Horlogerie

In a world of exceptional watches such as those from Richemont, Richard Mille and Hermes, to name just a few, a watchmaking brand, and the calibre, movement (whether skeleton or not), case design and stainless steel, gold and sapphire crystal materials that go to make up its limited edition watch models, must today be very special indeed. Bell and Ross Watches, founded by Bruno Belamich and Carlos Rosillo, and the Bell and Ross BR-X2 Tourbillon Micro-Rotor, is just such a brand and just such a limited edition, Haute Horlogerie skeleton tourbillon watch model. The Bell and Ross ‘X’, or ‘experimental’ collection of watches from Bell and Ross Watches share some of the most complicated movements, case construction and no-holds-barred aspects of technical innovation to be found in Haute Horlogerie limited edition watch and chronograph manufacture today. With the introduction of the Bell and Ross Watch BR-X1 Skeleton Chronograph in 2014, the watchmaking brand established what the basic requirements of an ‘X’ series limited edition watch or chronograph from Bell and Ross would look like, the Bell and Ross Watch BR-X1 Skeleton Chronograph itself featuring a modular case, constructed not from a single element (although other parts of the Bell and Ross Watch BR-X1 Skeleton Chronograph might be), complete with an Haute Horlogerie finished movement and calibre of exquisite detail, in this case in fully skeleton form. Following on from the Bell and Ross Watch BR-X1 Skeleton Chronograph, the brand later introduced a version with both chronograph and tourbillon complication and then,  BR-X1 Tourbillon Sapphire,  complete with the tourbillon complication but housed within a groundbreaking fully sapphire crystal case. The Bell and Ross lust for innovation and creativity exemplified by watches from the Bell and Ross ‘X’ or experimental collection is what led to the design and manufacture of another watch and associated movement and case in the series, the Bell and Ross BR-X2 Tourbillon Micro-Rotor, which as the name suggests, is complete with a very special tourbillon complication, but that is only the beginning of what this watch has to offer, and what truly sets it apart from those available from manufacturers such as Richard Mille, Richemont and Hermes.

The limited edition Bell and Ross BR-X2 micro-rotor flying minute Tourbillon skeleton watch from Bell and Ross Watches was designed around an exclusively supplied one minute flying tourbillon movement, the BR-CAL.380 from MHC Manufacture Haute Complication in Geneva Switzerland, which as the name of the manufacturer suggests, offers the utmost in modern complicated movement design, which in the case of the Bell and Ross BR-X2 micro-rotor flying minute Tourbillon skeleton watch means the addition of a one-minute tourbillon and automatic winding courtesy of a heavy tungsten alloyed micro-rotor design, which generates a power reserve of some 50 hours. Do not expect the type of Haute Horlogerie finishing common to the gold case watches of times gone by, here instead the movement features relatively simple satin polished steel, brushed bridges, sandblasted bevels and rhodium plated wheels, while the tourbillon and its cage are again simply brushed and polished. The innovation continues with how this complicated tourbillon calibre movement is then ‘set’ in its case, which once again, is a radical step forward in design, this limited edition Bell and Ross BR-X2 micro-rotor flying minute Tourbillon skeleton watch once again offering something that competitors such as Hermes, Richemont and Richard Mille can only aspire to.

The limited edition design team at Bell and Ross started with a blank sheet of paper when considering the what would be required for Bell and Ross BR-X2 micro-rotor flying minute Tourbillon skeleton watch. Obviously, the case design would continue with the one element common to all Bell & Ross Watch limited edition watches and chronographs, that of the ‘circle within a square’ design of aircraft cockpit instruments which has become the brand’s hallmark. Here though, the one minute flying tourbillon movement, the BR-CAL.380 from MHC Manufacture Haute Complication, was to be mounted in its own, unique case design, a square design of 42.5m with a thickness of a tad under 9mm, spectacular for a tourbillon movement, but here the movement itself of Bell and Ross BR-X2 Micro-Rotor Tourbillon forms the central element of the case design, sitting centrally between the two sapphire crystals for the watch front and watch back to which it is attached by four functional screws in a square pattern, almost forming a single element or monobloc watch design, and giving the Bell and Ross BR-X2 Tourbillon Micro-Rotor, when assembled with its transparent gaskets, some 50m of water resistance.  The case design of the Bell and Ross BR-X2 Tourbillon Micro-Rotor from Bell and Ross Watches has permitted the deletion of a separate watch dial, a brushed flange to the Tourbillon Micro-Rotor movement with applied indexes being all that is required instead, graphically exposing the tourbillon movement and cage at 6 o’clock, with the metal applique Superluminova filled indexes and hours and minutes hands appear to float over the movement beneath anti-reflective coated sapphire crystal case front and case back. The extraordinarily simple design is further complicated by a grey alligator leather strap, the flying tourbillon and flying tourbillon cage adding just a touch of colour to the otherwise transparent and silver steel Bell and Ross BR-X2 Tourbillon Micro-Rotor, reinforcing the purpose of this ‘experimental’ collection as watch as an instrument.

The Bell and Ross BR-X2 Tourbillon Micro-Rotor from Bell and Ross Watch is an object lesson in Haute Horlogerie complication, if not Haute Horlogerie finishing, its satin polished steel machined single piece or single element case sandwich construction housing a genuinely beautiful micro-rotor flying tourbillon, which fuse together with the sapphire crystal plates to form an incredibly transparent and beautiful limited edition tourbillon watch. Watches such as the Bell and Ross BR-X2 Tourbillon Micro-Rotor from Bell and Ross Watch do not come along very often. this is not just limited edition watch as instrument though: The painstakingly milled, polished and bevelled sapphire crystals which form the dial side face of the watch and the backplate do not enclose the watch but display it, rather like a diamond ring in its display case, the case acting as showcase for the jewel at its heart.. Please remember that the Bell and Ross BR-X2 Tourbillon Micro-Rotor from Bell & Ross Watches is a limited edition piece and that only a very few individuals will get to fasten the steel buckle of the grey alligator leather watch strap around their wrist, and enjoy the delights of this fascinating single element design square shaped limited edition steel and sapphire crystal case skeleton micro-rotor watch from the Paris based brand. If you miss out on the Bell and Ross BR-X2 Tourbillon Micro-Rotor, then have no fear, such as the innovation within the Bell and Ross brand, there is sure to be another instrument style chronograph or micro-rotor tourbillon complication movement model from Bell and Ross that interests you in the very near future...

Technical specifications

REFERENCE BRX2-MRTB-ST // LIMITED EDITION OF 99 PIECES 
 
CASE
- Dimension : 42.5 mm in diameter
- Satin-polished steel.
- Water-resistance: 50 metres.
 
CRYSTAL
- Sapphire with anti-reflective coating
 
DIAL
 
- Skeletonised
- Metal applique Superluminova®-filled indices
- Metal skeletonised Superluminova®-filled hour and minute hands
 
MOVEMENT
- Calibre BR-CAL.380
- Automatic mechanical.
 
FUNCTIONS
- Hours & minutes
- Flying tourbillon at 6 o'clock.
 
STRAP
- Grey alligator.
- Buckle: folding. Steel.

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