One thing that’s particularly neat about the X1 show watches, even however, is that no matter how eccentric each layout gets, it still carries Bell & Ross’ core design language; that square 45mm case, screwed together at each of the four corners. Although this DNA does carry through to the Bell Ross Watches Used Replica BR-X1 Skeleton Tourbillon Sapphire, were it not for its case signatures, this one may be mistaken for something other than a Bell & Ross watch, because the key timekeeping cues (the hour and minute hands) have been shrunken to the upper 12:00 area of the dial. While this will give lots of chance to enjoy the flying tourbillon’s motion against most of the clear, negative space from the sapphire, it does detract somewhat from general utility and legibility in comparison with all the brand’s pilot and instrument watches — something which other Experimental offerings possess maintained.The steely grey lines of their 3Hz manually-wound BR-CAL.288 movement structure cast a nicely skeletonized, industrial comparison against all the translucent components on the watch – even the strap is translucent rubber, which should make for some interesting wrist shots. Part of this thought, besides the novelty itself of a totally transparent scenario, is that the motion and even the screws holding the case together are visible from about every angle. The only part of the watch which isn’t fully see-through is that the large mainspring barrel itself, which provides 100 hours of power reserve, and is tucked conveniently behind the luminous hour and minute hands at 12:00, preserving some degree of legibility for timekeeping.In keeping with the more exclusive customs of the Experimental collection, only eight portions of the Bell & Ross BR-X1 Skeleton Tourbillon Sapphire have been produced. But this particular bit is now the most expensive of all the X1 offerings – even beating out the BR-X1 Chronograph Tourbillon Rose Gold Diamond version by a healthy margin – with an asking price for your Bell & Ross BR-X1 Skeleton Tourbillon Sapphire of $385,000.
A decade ago Bell & Ross unveiled the BR 03-92 Phantom, an all-black wristwatch that perfectly captured the zeitgeist of the era, becoming an overnight bestseller. Now the French watchmaker revisits the same look, with a grey-on-black camouflage dial that is perhaps a nod to a motif popular in contemporary streetwear.
Like the recent BR 03-92 Horolum, the Black Camo has a sandwich dial: the upper camouflage disc has cut-outs for the hour numerals and markers, while the lower disc is covered in black Super-Luminova that glows in the dark. Because the luminous material is black, it has a dark glow rather than the typical green or blue illumination.
The BR 03-92 Black Camo has a 42mm by 42mm matte black ceramic case produced by G&F Chatelain, the high-end case maker that’s owned by Chanel, Bell & Ross’ parent company. As with other BR 03-92 watch cases, the perfectly aligned screws visible on the front are actually nuts that are secured by actual screws on the case back.
Inside is the automatic BR-CAL.302, which is the robust Sellita SW300.
Price and availability
Available on a fabric or rubber strap, the BR 03-92 Black Camo is already in stores, priced at US$3800 or S$5500.
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