Bell & Ross Unveils BR-X1 Chronograph Tourbillon During 10 Year Anniversary Celebration Of The BR 01 In Paris

Bell & Ross Invalides 10 Year Anniversary-2

Five hundred and fifty guests united with Bell & Ross at the historic military site of The Hotel National des Invalides in Paris last Thursday night to celebrate the watchbrand’s 10th anniversary of their iconic BR 01 and discover their latest models.

Bell & Ross Invalides 10 Year Anniversary

Inspired by aviation and the military, the square – shaped iconic Aviation BR 01 pilot watch was launched in 2005 by Bell & Ross CEO Carlos Rosillo and Creative Director Bruno Belamich with the idea of transforming a plane’s cockpit into a wristwatch.

Bell & Ross Carlos Rosillo Invalides
Général Le Ray, Carlos A. Rosillo, and Général Baptiste at the event.

Reputed for being reliable, functional, readable, and precise, the aviation collection developed to encompass a wide range of materials, sizes and functions.

Live Bell & Ross BR-X1 Tourbillon Gold Watch 2015
Bell & Ross R-X1 Tourbillon Gold.

In 2014, the BR – X1 Hypersonic Chronograph introduced design and material innovations for a high-tech chronograph with a sporty design, robust construction and sophisticated haute horlogerie finishes. Today, Bell & Ross have gone one step further, with the new top-of-the-range model from the BR-X1 line: The BR-X1 Chronograph Tourbillon.

Bell & Ross BR X1 Tourbillon Gold Watch 2015
Bell & Ross BR X1 Tourbillon Gold.

Addressing an attentive crowd composed of members of the French and international press, the military, and the aeronautics industry, gathered at the national monument exceptionally privatized for the event, CEO Rosillo was visibly at ease and pleased to present this Skeleton Tourbillon Mono-Pusher Chronograph that combines the robust and sturdy look of the BR-X1 with the highest watchmaking technical refinements of haute horlogerie signed by Bell & Ross.

The BR 03-94 Rafale
Bell & Ross BR 03-94 Rafale.

Guests rushed to the display cases to admire the novelties, which included the limited editions of the superb BR 03-94 Rafale, conceived with Dassault Aviation, in recognition of their star multi-role fighter aircraft: the Rafale. But the star of the show last Thursday night was without a doubt the BR-X1 Chronograph Tourbillon.

Bell & Ross BR X1 Tourbillon Titane Watch 2015
Bell & Ross BR X1 Tourbillon Titane.

Presented in four versions of 20 pieces each, with or without diamonds, this 45 mm timepiece with rocker push-button and thumb-rest insert, bumpers, crown guards, crown and caseback all in 18 ct rose gold or Grade 5 titanium houses BR-CAL.283, a hand-wound mono-pusher chronograph tourbillon movement with 4 days power reserve and function of hours and minutes.

Bell & Ross BR-X1 Tourbillon 2015 Close Up
Up close and personal with the Bell & Ross BR-X1 Tourbillon.

With dials revealed through a grey-tinted sapphire crystal displaying a 30 minutes timer at 10 o’clock, 60 seconds timer at 2 o’clock and power reserve indicator at 9 o’clock, and gilt appliqué or metal indices with Superluminova ® inserts and Superluminova ® – filled hour and minute hands, the watch is completed with a rubber and alligator strap closed by a rose gold or titanium pin buckle.

The Bell & Ross BR-X1 Chronograph Tourbillon on display at les Invalides
Bell & Ross BR-X1 Chronograph Tourbillon Titane.

Creative Director Belamich (Bell) and CEO Rosillo (Ross) have brought this Paris-headquartered company, with manufacture in La Chaux-de-Fonds, a long way in a short time, with a clear objective and unwavering source of inspiration. CEO Rosillo once showed me during an interview the extract from the film “The Right Stuff”, where Chuck Yeager breaks the sound barrier for the first time ever, back in the supersonic days. Bell & Ross have moved into Hypersonic, and beyond.

BR X1 Tourbillon Titane: 137 000€
BR X1 Tourbillon Titane Diamonds: 179 000€
BR X1 Tourbillon Rose Gold: 158 000€
BR X1 Tourbillon Rose Gold Diamonds: 200 000€

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