From the cockpit to the wrist
From the cockpit to the wrist
The BR‐X5 collection represents a new chapter in the Bell & Ross history, a watch that follows on from the BR 05 and the BR 03, encapsulating a brand‐new conception. With its avant‐garde and daring design, attractive in its functionality, the BR‐X5 symbolises the developments made by the brand to attract connoisseurs and lovers of fine watchmaking.
• Movement: BR‐CAL.323. Manufacture. Automatic mechanical. Approximate power reserve of 72 hours.
• Functions: hours, minutes and seconds. Date window at 3 o’clock and power reserve indicator at 9 o’clock.
• Case: 41 mm wide. 12.80 mm thick. Containerin Grade 2 microblasted titanium with DLC (diamond‐like carbon) finish. Upper and lower inserts in matt carbon fibre. Fixed bezel in Grade 2 microblasted titanium with bezel insert in matt carbon fibre. Screw‐down crown and crown guard in Grade 2 titanium. Case‐back in Grade 2 microblasted titanium with smoked grey sapphire crystal with anti‐reflective coating. Case‐back with oscillating weight.
• Dial: matt black. Applique indices filled with Super‐LumiNova®. Metal skeletonised Super‐ LumiNova®‐filled hour and minute hands. Black flange with 60‐minute scale with white marking.
• Crystal: sapphire with anti‐reflective coating.
• Water resistance: 100 metres.
• Strap: orange rubber.
• Buckle: folding. Steel with DLC (diamond‐like carbon) finish.
Faithful to its aeronautical heritage, the watch features the household “round within the square” design, which allowed the French‐born brand to be easily recognisable since the beginnings.
It is at the heart of the case that lies one of the major assets of this unique collection. The automatic mechanism belongs to the world of manufacturer movements, making craftsmanship an essential feature of these models. The BR‐CAL.323 calibre designed by Kenissi, a Swiss specialist movement‐maker focussing on exclusivity, raises the BR‐X5 to the heights of precision, an achievement testified by the “Chronometer” certification issued by COSC.
Another great accomplishment for Bell & Ross which set itself very high standards for its first manufacturer movement designed by Kenissi.
A prestigious manufacturer movement designed by Kenissi
The result born by the convergence of talents in the house of Bell & Ross and Kenissi, the automatic BR‐CAL.323 calibre is equipped with a personalised oscillating weight – its design is inspired by a sports car rim – and a variable‐inertia balance wheel. Beating at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz), it has a 70‐hour power reserve, known as “weekend proof”, i.e. the watch can be stored for the weekend with peace of mind, knowing it can be worn on Monday morning without having to be rewound.
Another advantage of this manufacturer movement designed with Kenissi lies in its rapid date correction device offering the freedom to carry out the adjustment at any time, without interfering with the operation of the watch.
Focus on accuracy and reliability
A large smoked‐glass sapphire crystal caseback reveals the movement finishing chosen by Bell & Ross to fulfil its desire for both aesthetic and technical perfection. Further evidence of Bell & Ross’ commitment to high quality is that the movement and the case are guaranteed for 5 years.
A multi-material carbon/titanium case
A BR-X5 in high-tech version
Advanced time instruments
The concept of multi‐component construction is pushed further with the inclusion of multi‐materials, as explained by Jean‐Paul Suchel, Technical and Production Director at Bell & Ross: “Two carbon fibre plates surrounded by the DLC titanium monobloc container housing the movement and integrating the shoulders of the crown”. This design in five successive elements has made it possible to separate the support and protective elements, which enabled for the design to push the boundaries when it came to materials, colours, and finishing.
Like the earlier models in steel, the latest BR‐X5 Carbon Orange brings together two functions that are particularly useful in everyday life: an oversized vertical date and the power reserve indicator. This double display, which is as legible as it is distinctive, gives the BR 05 family a unique look while making it instantly recognisable when on the wrist.
With the black marbling of the carbon and the various touches of orange, this new BR‐X5 imposes its powerful, avant‐garde and sporty look, which makes it more than just a watch but also a work of art.
Discreet when viewed from the front, this construction reveals itself when turned on its side. We then discover the elaborate architecture of the middle. The entire 41 mm wide case is airtight by four screws. The lightweight materials, like carbon and titanium, emphasise the high‐tech aspects and the high degree of comfort for the wearer, which is further enhanced by the orange rubber strap: fitted with a folding clasp in DLC steel, it is attached to two links independent from the case to ensure perfect ergonomics.
BR‐X5 CARBON ORANGE