Bell & Ross launches the new BR-X2 Tourbillon Micro-Rotor


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Within Bell & Ross’ collection, the models with “X” in their name belong to the so-called experimental range of watches. The French watchmaker has started this concept in 2014 by releasing the BR-X1 Skeleton Chronograph. With its stunningly masculine design, this model marked Bell & Ross’ first steps into a more experimental and innovative area. Featuring a mesmerizing skeleton chronograph dial, the BR-X1 Skeleton Chronograph is housed in a high-tech square case that combines rubber, ceramic, and titanium. Then in 2016, the watchmaker introduced the BR-X1 Chronograph Tourbillon Sapphire – the first Bell & Ross timepiece to have a case made entirely of sapphire. This amazing model established a direct connection between fine watchmaking and sophisticated technology. Today Bell & Ross is proud to introduce another experimental masterpiece – the BR-X2 Tourbillon Micro-Rotor (ref. BRX2-MRTB-ST).

Embodying the values of innovation, creativity and performance, the new BR-X2 Tourbillon Micro-Rotor marks the beginning of the second generation of Bell & Ross’s experimental watches. What makes this model so special is that its case and movement are fused into a single element. According to Bruno Belamich, the brand’s creative director, the idea behind this approach is to make the case “disappear”, leaving only the movement visible. In concrete terms, the movement is sandwiched between two thick sapphire crystal plates, joined at the sides by a narrow single-piece satin-polished steel band. This, together with the skeleton dial, makes the case virtually invisible, leaving “only” the movement. Developed in collaboration with MHC Manufacture Haute Complication, a Swiss manufacturer of very high complication movements, the caliber in the BR-X2 Tourbillon Micro-Rotor is only 4.05mm thick.

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The idea behind this approach is to “make the case disappear”

 

With its bold, modern design, the BR-X2 Tourbillon Micro-Rotor pushes the limits of creativity and further establishes Bell & Ross as one of the most innovative watchmaking brands. The watch itself measures 42.5mm x 42.5mm and is water resistant to 50 meters. With its thickness of only 8.9mm, it is one of the thinnest automatic tourbillons on the market today. The dial (or in this case the lack of it :) ) features steel hour and minutes hands, as well as a steel ring with applied hour markers, placed on top of the movement’s main plate. The hours and minutes are precisely displayed thanks to a flying tourbillon that counters the negative effects of gravity. Positioned at 6 o’clock, the flying tourbillon features the brand’s signature “&” integrated into the cage.

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The case and skeleton dial turn all the attention to the movement

 

Limited to only 99 pieces, the new Bell & Ross BR-X2 Tourbillon Micro-Rotor is powered by the caliber BR-CAL.380. Beating at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz), this self-winding mechanical movement features a power reserve of approximately 50 hours. Finally, completing this masterpiece we have a an elegant grey alligator leather strap secured with a stainless steel folding buckle. Announced earlier this year at the Baselworld 2017, the watch is now available at the brand’s boutiques and authorized retailers. The Bell & Ross BR-X2 Tourbillon Micro-Rotor is priced at $65,000.

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The movement is automatically wound by a micro-rotor which can be seen on the back of the watch

 

 

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