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Extreme transparency and colour from Bell & Ross at Baselworld

Bell & Ross deftly marry transparency and colour in the new BR-X1 Skeleton Tourbillon Sapphire at Baselworld 2018.

Bell & Ross began a new chapter in its history with the BR-X1 Chronograph Tourbillon Sapphire in 2016. The brand’s first completely transparent watch caused quite a stir by combining complications, technical performance and its signature design codes.

Last year, Bell & Ross’ design studio pushed the limits even further when it decided to develop an entirely skeletonised tourbillon. The transparency of the sapphire case was complemented by a “lace” effect of the openworked bridges, which laid bare the secrets of the watch’s mechanical heart through an off-centered dial especially designed to reveal it all.

Colours invisibly suspended

Now, Bell & Ross set itself a new challenge: to continue experimenting with extreme transparency while adding colour. A number of monochrome movements have been individually produced, intended for the most discerning collectors. A single colour has been used for the main plate, bridges, dial, hands and tourbillon cage, thus creating a customised face for each unique piece.

The first of these three exclusive pieces is black – the signature colour of the Bell & Ross style since its creation and a reference to aircraft instruments. It offers the purest of contrasts with the transparent sapphire case and the translucent bracelet. The rubies in the tourbillon cage are the only touch of extravagance. The second version is gold – the components of the movement are made from solid pink gold. Like a jewel enclosed in a glass case.

The third BR-X1 Skeleton Tourbillon Sapphire honours the traditions of watchmaking with a movement inspired by the blued colour of the hands on vintage timepieces. This deep blue, paired with the transparency of the case and bracelet, add a modern dimension to the watch.

Two of the unique high horology BR-X1 Skeleton Tourbillon Sapphire watches are offered through their own website (the brand was among the first to make its presence felt on the internet) and Mr. Porter, a first for Bell & Ross.

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