What’s life without a glimpse of the pointier end of horology? At Baselworld this year Bell & Ross presented four new chronograph models under the R.S. 19 Collection with varying price entry points.
Whilst our personal favourite is the standard BR-X1, it’s this particular BR-X1 Tourbillon Chronograph that will really get people talking. At US$194,000 it’s no drop in the ocean. The BR-X1 Tourbillon Chronograph essentially takes the distinctive framework of the BR-X1 and amps it up with a hand-winding mechanical flying tourbillon calibre. That’s a big ask considering the standard BR-X1 retails in the region of US$21,500.
Nonetheless the movement you’re getting is still a work of art complete with a skeletonised dial, titanium case and an exclusivity which sees just 20 pieces available worldwide.
Case: 45mm satin-polished titanium and matte ceramic with rubber inserts
Case back: Sapphire case back
Dial: Skeleton with metal Super-LumiNova-filled indices, hours and minute hands
Movement: Calibre BR-CAL.283 hand-wound flying tourbillon
Functions: Hours and minutes, chronograph counters at 11H and 1H, power reserve indicator at 9H, flying tourbillon at 6H
Power reserve: 4 days
Water resistance: 100m
Strap: Black perforated rubber
Limited: 20 pieces worldwide