It’s not always easy to combine Haute Horlogerie with sporty style but Bell & Ross effortlessly melds the two in the latest addition to the BR-X1 line of watches. The BR-X1 Chronograph Tourbillon made its debut at the Bell & Ross event on September 15 in Paris.
The BR-X1 line is distinguished by its unique armored look and ergonomic design. Features include the single-piece 45mm case, rocker pushers and functional screws. The BR-X1 Chronograph Tourbillon takes those attributes and turns things up a notch with its grade 5 titanium case and thumb rest insert at the nine o’clock mark. The cover, bezel, crown, crown guards, bumpers, thumb rest and caseback are made from titanium or 10 carat rose gold.
The BR-X1 dial displays hours and minutes in the center with a 100 hour power reserve indicator at the nine o’clock mark. Chronograph functions that include start, stop and reset are controlled via a mono-pusher rocker positioned at two o’ clock. A 30-minute counter is located at 10 o’clock. The antireflective grey-tinted sapphire crystal features appliqué metal indices with photo-luminescent inserts while the crystal of the caseback shows off the plates underneath.
On the inside is the manual wind Skeleton Tourbillon Mono-Pusher Chronograph, a grand complication movement with 282 components and 35 rubies. The BR-X1 is another timepiece using the popular skeltonized movement that gives a view of the watch’s mechanics beneath. The “flying” tourbillon cage gives the appearance that it is floating over the movement.
The BR-X1 Chronograph Tourbillon may be purchased in either rose gold or grade 5 titanium. A flashy option is 46 baguette-cut diamonds with a total weight of 2.3 carats set into the bezel. The rubber bracelet with alligator insert has either an 18 carat rose gold or grade 5 titanium-steel alloy buckle to match the case. Prices are $153,300 in titanium and $177,000 in rose gold.