Bell & Ross releases an extension to the experimental collection: the BR-X2 Tourbillon Micro-rotor. The new watch is dubbed the BR-X2 Tourbillon Micro-Rotor Skeleton, and as the name implies, opens up the movement in a skeletonized format as a showcase.
Bell & Ross BR-X2 Tourbillon Micro-Rotor Skeleton
The concept behind the BR X2 is that the mechanism is brought to the forefront, while the case disappears. Bell & Ross designed and developed an exceptional square movement, the manufacture calibre BR-CAL.381, which adopts the brand’s iconic signature shape. It is set between two sapphire crystal plates, linked by a narrow band of steel machined as a single piece, to ensure unrestricted visibility.
The case is virtually invisible, and the dial also vanishes to showcase the skeleton movement.
As is common in a skeleton movement, the challenge is to remove as much material as possible whilst ensuring the model’s mechanical constraints are respected.
“Fusing the case and movement into a single component to make the case disappear, leaving just the movement visible.”
Bruno Belamich, the brand’s Creative Director
This two-hand watch displays the hours and minutes with a flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock. Simple, elegant and restrained. The case is 42.5 mm square and equipped with an extra-thin movement — just 4.05 mm — with automatic winding provided by a microrotor.
Inspired by modern architecture, this model will be available in a limited edition of 50 pieces.
Bell & Ross BR-X2 Tourbillon Micro-Rotor Skeleton Technical specifications
calibre BR-CAL.381. Automatic mechanical, micro-rotor tourbillon. The micro-rotor is machined in a very dense alloy, Reconit 18. This alloy contains 95% tungsten. 18.5 density, compared to steel (8.0), pure gold (19.3), 18-ct gold (15.5-16.5 according to colour), platinum (20.7)
Crystal: sapphire with anti-reflective coating.
Functions: hours and minutes. Flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock. Water-resistance: 50 metres.
Case: 42.5 mm in diameter. Satin-polished steel. Strap: grey alligator.
Dial: skeletonized. Metal applique Superluminova®-filled indices. Metal skeletonized Superluminova®-filled hour and minute hands. Buckle: folding. Satin-polished
Price: S$ 115,000 inclusive of GST / CHF 83,600
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