The mysterious ‘X’ factor is everywhere. First in the mathematical equation, it represents the unknown; second, in psychology, it is a factor for one’s success, transcendence, and breakthrough of limitations. It is also common in the aerospace industry, and most of NASA’s test programs are named ‘X’. It is also useful in the watchmaking industry: Since 2014, Bell & Ross’s experimental watch series has been named with the letter X. Now in 2017, the new BR-X2 watch conveys the innovation, creativity and high-performance value of the Bell & Ross watchmaking brand. The meaning of ‘X’ doubled …
BR-X1 was born …
In 2014, the BR-X1 watch was released. With its uncompromising masculine design, it shocked the world, marking Bell & Ross’s first successful step towards a more experimental and innovative arena . Combining boldness with the technical characteristics of sports watches, it features a skeleton chronograph movement and a high-tech square case made of a mixture of titanium, ceramic and rubber.
Two years later, the BR-X1 Tourbillon Sapphire tourbillon sapphire watch set off a veritable revolution — the case is cut directly from a single piece of sapphire, giving the famous square case a clear and transparent temperament! This precious model establishes a direct link between the two fields of ‘high-end watches’ and ‘super complex and sophisticated’. Now, with the birth of the BR-X2 Tourbillon Micro-Rotor, the second generation of the X series, Bell & Ross has added a new chapter to the BR legend.
If only three words are used to define a watch, there is no doubt that it is ‘case, movement dial’. It’s hard to get rid of any of these elements. However, real innovation lies in questioning traditions, challenging impossible factors, and exploring entirely new paths.
This is exactly what Bell & Ross did when designing the new BR-X2 watch—the fusion of the case and the movement. When designing the case of stainless steel and sapphire (an extremely difficult high-tech material), Bruno Belamich, the creative director of the brand, came up with a utopian fantasy: ‘the case and the machine The core fuses into one component, making the case disappear, leaving only the movement visible. ‘BR-X2 was born from this.
Innovation and ‘High-level Watches’
The basic design concept of the BR-X2 watch is to wear the movement directly on the wrist. The square BR-CAL.380 self-developed movement completely developed and designed by Bell & Ross is placed in two sapphire crystal glasses. The perimeter is connected by a narrow strip of stainless steel processed into a whole to ensure that the field of vision is completely unrestricted. This design makes the case disappear visually, with a skeletonized dial to reveal the movement.
In order to highlight the inherent sheer aesthetics and expertise, the designers of the BR-X2 chose to combine simplicity with high performance. With a flying tourbillon that counteracts the effects of Earth’s gravity, this two-hand watch displays hours and minutes with ultra-high accuracy.
Simple yet elegant and understated, this is also thanks to its medium-sized square case (42.5mm) and its exquisite ultra-thin movement (4.05mm), which is automatically wound by a micro-automatic top.
Totally transparent limited edition watch
The BR-X2 has achieved the ultimate leap in creativity with its bold and modern design, and Bell & Ross has established itself as one of its most innovative ‘high-end watch’ brands. A very unique watch, limited to 99 pieces, dedicated to smart eye connoisseurs, creating a unique experience for them: wearing a watch movement directly on the wrist …
BR-X2 TOURBILLON MICRO-ROTOR
Limited edition of 99 pieces
Movement: Movement number BR-CAL.380. Mechanical self-winding movement.
Function: hour and minute hands. Flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock.
Case: 42.5 mm in diameter. Matte polished stainless steel case.
Dial: skeleton. Metal-applied hour-markers filled with Superluminova®. Metal hollow hour and minute hands filled with Superluminova®.
Mirror: Sapphire crystal with anti-glare coating
Water resistance: 50 meters.
Strap: grey crocodile leather.
Buckle: folding. Stainless steel case.