APPROACH TACTICAL – Inspired by stealth fighter planes and with a clear focus on new materials, Bell & Ross releases the new BR-X1 Military
Over the years, Bell & Ross has become a leading reference in the world of aviation timepieces. This reputation is built on the brand’s focus on legibility, water resistance, functionality and precision. To that end, on top of showcasing its unique watchmaking expertise, Bell & Ross also aims to satisfy the strictest of professional requirements.
As every Bell & Ross watch has to meet four basic principles—legibility, functionality, precision and also reliability—every detail has a purpose and function. This design philosophy is expressed mainly through pure lines and, above all else, exceptional pieces built around highly complex and precise mechanisms that, day after day, take part in the conquest of the sea, land and sky.
Particularly for the latter, Bell & Ross has carried out an exceptionally impressive technical and visual feat by producing a timekeeping instrument of the highest quality: The new BRX1 Military that boasts a high-end chronograph and aesthetics inspired by the stark lines of stealth fighters.
As a nod to its roots in the military and aerospace industries, Bell & Ross has used a lightweight and ultra resilient material for the latest BRX1 Military called High Resistance Titanium (HRT). Mind you, this material is obtained using an entirely new process, which alters the titanium and makes it even more hardwearing. Always at the cutting edge of technical advances, the brand successfully combined a matte khaki high resistance titanium case with ultraluminous green display.
At first glance, the dial—made from tinted sapphire crystal—offers a fully transparent window into the workings of the watch. Driven by the BR-cAl.313 automatic mechanical movement, this skeletonized chronograph is lightweight yet very resilient. On top of that, the X-shaped upper bridge is given a black DLC (diamond-like carbon) coating, the signature of the Bell & Ross experimental line. Moreover, the circular opening on the caseback also allows the wearer to admire—or show off—the beating heart of the watch.
So, the BR-X1 Military is not only fully “armored” but also presents a sophisticated and luxurious sporty look. But, again, function is a key element here. Take, for instance, the faceted hands and applique indexes which are filled with Superluminova C3 to ensure optimal legibility during the day and at night.
The beautiful yet simple time display is based on the brand’s visual signature. Both the central hour and minute hands are read traditionally, while the small seconds hand is positioned at 3 o’clock and the skeletonized date dial is positioned at 6 o’clock. For a subtle twist, instead of a hand, the minute timer on the chronograph function features an ultra-light aluminum disc resembling the blades of a turbine. Rounding up the BR-X1 Military’s display package is a tachymeter scale on the khaki flange, while a perforated rubber strap adds a final—and comfortable—touch.
Bell & Ross has, over time, become a major reference point in the field of instrument watches. Since its inception, the brand has produced exceptional models in its continuous pursuit of superior performance. This time, it comes in the form of the cutting edge BR-X1 Military, which is made available as a limited edition model of only 250 pieces.
The use of highly advanced material brought forth a watch that is lightweight, hardwearing, ergonomic and also ultra-modern. The BR-X1 Military is, in short, one of the most innovative timepieces at the moment, that will delights fans of instruments designed for the extremes and those that need a solid companion on their everyday adventures.
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