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The Bell & Ross BR-X1 Skeleton Tourbillon Sapphire Watch

Bell & Ross BR-X1 Skeleton Tourbillon Sapphire Watch

Bell & Ross BR-X1 Skeleton Tourbillon Sapphire watch.

Of all the watches that have been released recently, this one from Bell & Ross is especially noteworthy as it takes the minimal approach of their existing Tourbillon Sapphire one step further.

Once again the watch is housed in a 45mm square case made entirely from sapphire, in five parts this time, instead of nine. The hand-wound skeleton movement has its hour and minute hands reduced to the upper region of the dial, while the tourbillon is visible near 6 o’clock. It offers a 100-hour power reserve and sits on a translucent rubber strap.

Bell & Ross BR-X1 Skeleton Tourbillon Sapphire Watch

The sapphire case is a bit like an X-ray image that lets you see the internal structure and  assembly which, let’s face it, is always the most impressive part of a watch.

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The hour counter is off-centered and positioned above the barrel for releasing the tourbillon’s cage and further revealing the mechanical elements of the movement and the flying tourbillon that seems to float weightlessly.

Limited to just eight pieces, is made from five sapphire blocks that were carved before assembly and they’re all held together by tiny screws. It combines the fundamental codes of the brand with some really inpressive technical and aesthetic refinement.

One of the good things about Bell & Ross is that they’re not afraid to experiment and come up with new designs, albeit largely based around the recognizable shape of the original BR-01. As a result, the vast majority of their watches are interesting and noteworthy, but this one really stands out.

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