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.
French watchmaker Bell & Ross started out making timepieces that were inspired by the military and aeroplanes. Back in 2016, they decided to dabble in something a little different—supercars. Founder Bruno Belamich designed their first concept sports car, the Bell & Ross Aero GT. It turned out that Belamich was pretty good at race car design too. He schooled the automotive world with his powerful, aggressive design.
Bell & Ross pays tribute to the timekeeping instruments used by bomber navigators in the 1930s and 1940s by creating the Vintage WW2 Regulateur Heritage watch. The minutes display is emphasized for its essential purpose for aviators in calculating their position or flight speed. The modern version of this functional and historical model possesses the ergonomics and immediate legibility of a navigator’s watch. Movement is provided from the automatic mechanical calibre BR-CASL.316. It features an hour counter at 12 o’clock and a seconds counter at 6 o’clock with the minutes as the only central hand. The case is 47 mm in diameter made from polished steel and features a bi-directional rotating bezel with engraved marking. It comes with black alligator pattern leather strap.
During a lunch hosted today at Sydney’s opulent Quay restaurant, tough-guy bell ross br01 brand Bell & Ross unveiled it’s Baselworld 2017 Collection, with special guest Jean-Christophe Chevrier, Regional Sales Manager from their Paris headquarters in attendance.
Held in Quay’s exclusive Upper Tower Room the breathtaking views of Sydney harbour, from the bridge to the iconic Opera House made the perfect backdrop for the new Collection. Highlights included the BR03-92 Diver, marking the first square diving watch for the brand and writing a new chapter in the story of the brand’s relationship with the oceanic world and the incredible BR-X2 Tourbillion Micro Rotor, featuring a skeletonised Superluminova dial.
This last weekend, on behalf of watchmaker Bell & Ross, I was lucky enough to head along to the Australian Grand Pris at Melbourne’s Albert Park. It may have been my first time at the F1, but as the season was kicking off, I wasn’t up in the stands getting my clothes soaked while the guy behind me spilled his beer in the midst of cheering – I was trackside right in the thick of the action, feeling gushes of wind blow through my hair every time a swift racing beast whizzed by. The things I do for you, dear readers…oh, who are we kidding: this one was for me and it was absolutely unreal!