Bell & Ross – Watch BR-X2 Tourbillon Micro-Rotor

Sword-style palms, also coated from the vintage-looking Super-LumiNova, are again reminiscent of WWII era pilot watches from manufacturers more older than Bell & Ross. At six o’clock we find a red circle with “M T” (to endure “Military Type”) printed inside to mimic the red colored 3H (which referred to tritium or Hydrogen-3 for a lume origin) markers found on elderly German army watches such as those made by Heuer and issued into the German Air Force. A thick, domed, anti-reflective coated sapphire crystal protects the dial and provides some perpendicular heft into the otherwise diminutive case.Like the rest of the V1 watches in the Vintage Collection, the Bell & Ross V1-92 features an extremely simple, brushed stainless steel case in a conventional round shape such as those seen on a lot of antique military watches. A 38.5mm case thickness keeps things feeling classic and the small size should allow for comfortable wear on wrists of many dimensions. Paradoxically, many of the watches the Bell & Ross V1-92 seems to draw inspiration from were giant (as big as 55mm) having been made to be worn over a pilot’s thick coat. Bell & Ross clearly understand that the contemporary market includes a place for people who love antique styling with a more wearable presence. The new Bell & Ross V1-92 Military also shares its motion with the rest of the V1 collection.

The resolutely futuristic-looking BR-X2 Tourbillon Micro-Rotor watch impresses by its design and its extremely technical nature.Forget the case and dial, this model is focused firmly on essentials : the movement. Comprising 257 hand-assembled parts, the latter is mounted on a square steel mainplate,itself protected on either side by two sapphire blocks – all secured by four screws – a distinctive feature of Bell & Ross watches in reference to its aeronautical DNA.

This totally revolutionary, unique and minimalist construction enables the watch owner to plunge into the heart of the sophisticated mechanism of Caliber BR380. Enthroned at the center of this high-tech décor, the majestic flying tourbillon literally draws the gaze. The BR-X2 Tourbillon Micro-Rotor undoubtedly celebrates the love match between contemporary Fine Watchmaking and the signature Bell & Ross design codes.

 

BR-X2 Tourbillon Micro-Rotor

Case : polished/satin-brushed finish, sapphire crystal and caseback, water-resistant to 50m DIAMETER : 42.5mm
Movement : mechanical self-winding (Caliber BR-Cal. 380, 50-hour power reserve)
Functions : hours, minutes, flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock DIAL : skeletonized ; applied metallic hour-markers filled with Super-LumiNova®, cut-out metallic hours and minutes hands filled with Super-LumiNova®
Strap : gray alligator, polished steel folding clasp
99-piece Limited Edition

 

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