The next generation Bell & Ross BR-X1 bell ross horizon is a skeleton tourbillon mono-pusher chronograph, with many extra features that gives both precision and technicality in design and function. This analog watch uses a column wheel movement and features a 100 hour power reserve indicator, a 30 minute counter, and a 60 second counter. These chronograph functions are engaged by the mono-pusher rocker, which controls the start, top and reset functions. Unlike many other chronographic watches, the individual chronographs are more a part of the watches design overall, keeping with the tone colours of the watch while still very distinguishable and easy to read. The watch face is stripped to reveal the gears of the watch, giving an ultra-masculine look to the watch. The numbers are dialled back, using indicators to tell the time so that you aren’t drawn away from the sophistication of this timepiece. The BR-X1 blends a sporty design with technical features and quality touches to create this complicated watch.
The 2nd watch in the Vintage Garde-Cotes collection is based on the chronograph introduced at Baselworld 2017. Again, the recipe is the same: smaller (41mm vs 43mm previously), as well as slimmer and far more rounded. To keep the overall design clean as well as a bit old-fashioned, the Parisian brand has decided to equip the Bell & Ross Vintage V2-94 Garde-Cotes with a twin-subdial movement, meaning that the dial remains quite sleek. Considering the new colors added to the watch, this is a good option to prevent a loud and busy dial. Sub-dials are oversized and legibility is on par with the vocation of your watch.