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The Bell & Ross BR-X1 Chronograph Sapphire Tourbillon

Bell & Ross BR-X1 Chronograph Sapphire Tourbillon.

Bell & Ross bucks the prevailing trend toward design simplicity and limited functions this year with a complex, all-sapphire chronograph tourbillon, the BR-X1. There is nothing vintage or classic about this ultra-modern watch, which has a truly breathtaking case design, crafted from six blocks of fully transparent sapphire crystal. This affords a multi-angled view of the skeletonized movement, Caliber BR-CAL.285 made by Swiss complications specialist MCH using columns that slightly elevate the bridges from the main plate. Also, because it is a flying tourbillon, there is no upper bridge to block the view. Even the strap is space-age modern. It is made with a combination of translucent rubber with metallic Kevlar weaving.

Bell & Ross BR-X1 Chronograph Sapphire Tourbillon

This is a 45mm watch and thus, as Bell & Ross describes it, “masculine through and through.” Although it is a departure from the brand’s customary vintage aircraft instrumentation aesthetic, it does retain the signature squared case with screwed down construction. It is a limited edition of five pieces, priced at approximately $500,000. It is Bell & Ross’s most expensive watch to date.

Bell & Ross BR-X1 Chronograph Sapphire Tourbillon.

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