First Look – The Bell & Ross BR-X1 Skeleton Tourbillon Sapphire

First Look – The Bell & Ross BR-X1 Skeleton Tourbillon Sapphire

Last year, Bell & Ross set another benchmark for itself with the uncovering of the BR-X1 Chronograph Tourbillon Sapphire. Housed in a stunning, sapphire case that left little to the creative mind, the (way-too) restricted release watch made it gem understood (pun intended) that the brand is about definitely something beyond military and aeronautics roused watches. Presently, Bell & Ross is taking the test of straightforwardness above and beyond, with the new BR-X1 Skeleton Tourbillon Sapphire .

Over the most recent couple of years full sapphire cases have become progressively famous, thanks in huge part to early pioneers like Richard Mille and even MB&F . Surely, a few brands have disclosed watches with sapphire cases in the previous few years alone, including Hublot’s Big Bang Unico Sapphire, Greubel Forsey’s Double Tourbillon 30º Technique Sapphire and Rebellion’s 540 Magnum Sapphire Tourbillon. Not that we’re complaining as you may already know. All things considered, straightforward cases take into consideration continuous review of the internal operations of the complex developments we’re all so captivated by. In spite of the advances in assembling measures, nonetheless, sapphire is still very hard to work with and thusly it is costly to make such cases, typically prompting restricted amounts. The new BR-X1 Skeleton Tourbillon Sapphire is no special case for this, with just eight pieces being made in total.

Although not as complicated as its archetype, the Chrono Tourbillon, this new BR-X1 Skeleton Tourbillon Sapphire is here and there considerably more alluring because of its moderate plan. What you see before you are just the basic necessities. The hours and minutes are shown on an askew, open-worked dial at 12 o’clock, which highlights Superluminova files and skeletonized Superluminova-filled hour and minutes hands. At 6 o’clock a flying tourbillon seems to glide, suspended for the situation from the skeletonized bridge.

The development, the hand-wound type BR-CAL.288 with tourbillon escapement, has been skeletonized almost to death. All the bridges are open worked and you can in a real sense see everything. Swaying at 21’600 v/ph, it offers a maximum force save of 100 hours when completely twisted, also it is totally entrancing watching the tourbillon.

All of this is housed in an in a split second unmistakable, square-formed case estimating 45mm. Developed from 5 sapphire squares, each has been deliberately cut prior to being carefully gathered with screws. Given sapphire’s standing for being trying to work with, I am certain in excess of a couple of squares were disposed of during both the assembling and the gathering cycle. As is commonly said, flawlessness comes at a cost, and with a completely straightforward case you can’t actually conceal any errors. Completing the look is a clear elastic tie, with a silk cleaned steel pin, which is very comfortable on the wrist.

Up close the new BR-X1 Skeleton Tourbillon Sapphire truly is cool to take a gander at. Being a period just watch with a flying tourbillon implies there is bunches of room to open the development up and you can essentially take a gander at it from all points. It’s likewise very comfortable on the wrist and certainly unmistakable, despite the fact that individuals with hairier arms might need to consider a less straightforward alternative.

Available now for EUR 350,000, the new Bell & Ross BR-X1 Skeleton Tourbillon Sapphire is a restricted version of only 8 pieces. Amazingly restricted, incredibly costly, very radical… A genuine idea watch! More news on bellross.com .


Technical Specifications – Bell & Ross BR-X1 Skeleton Tourbillon Sapphire

  • Case: 45mm – 5-piece sapphire case – sapphire precious stone on both sides
  • Movement: BR-CAL.288 with flying tourbillon escapement – manual-winding – 3Hz recurrence – 100h force hold – hours, minutes, flying tourbillon
  • Strap: Translucent elastic strap
  • Reference: BRX1-SKTB-SAPHIR
  • Availability: October 2017
  • Limited Edition: 8 pieces
  • Price