Bell & Ross BR-X5 Black Steel & Ice Blue Steel
From the cockpit
to the wrist
Perpetuating the aeronautical heritage of Bell & Ross and the visual signature of the “round within the square”,
the BR‐X5 adds a new chapter to the history of the BR 05 collection.
“The BR‐X5 originates from the BR 05, which originates from the BR 01, which originates from the cockpit”,
explains the company. This aeronautical heritage, a direct link between the past and the present, translates into the letter X, a symbol of secrecy, experimentation and the future. With the BR‐X5, this avant‐garde piece makes its entry into the permanent collection.
Through its design and technical characteristics, the BR‐X5, powered by a manufactured movement, is positioned as a superlative BR 05 and writes a new chapter in the history of Bell & Ross.
Completing the range on a high note, its design and aesthetics reflect a desire to innovate, to dare and to stand out.
The combination of expertise
The development of its mechanism in an exclusive configuration is the result of the union of skills, a value dear to the House of Bell & Ross. It gives the “&”
symbol a new meaning: design & manufacture movement.
With this new collection, the watchmaker is once again turning its attention to fine watchmaking enthusiasts.
“While daring was the guiding principle throughout the creative stages, the notion of risk was banished from our vocabulary when it came to reliability and precision”,
of a manufacture movement
explains Bruno Belamich,
Bell & Ross Creative Director.
The House adds a horological dimension to the BR 05 collection by equipping its new BR‐X5 with a manufacture movement designed by the Swiss specialist Kenissi. “With the BR‐X5, we wanted to push back the technical and aesthetic limits”,
assures Bruno Belamich.
In compliance with the specifications defined by Bell & Ross, several years of development were necessary to ensure the design, development and fine‐tuning of the manufacture movement.
Equipped with a personalised oscillating weight and a variable‐inertia balance wheel, the BR‐CAL.323 calibre beating at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz) has a power reserve of approximately 70 hours. This so‐called “weekend proof”
capacity allows you to put your watch down on Friday evening and pick it up on Monday morning without having to wind it up.
Another advantage of this manufacture movement lies in its rapid date correction device, which allows adjustment at any time, without altering the operation of the watch.
Focus on accuracy and reliability
A large sapphire crystal caseback allows you to contemplate the operation of this exceptional movement and in particular that of its personalised weight with a design inspired by a sports car rim.
The mechanism is COSC certified, a first for Bell & Ross. The Swiss Official Chronometer Control Body grants it the name chronometer, a guarantee of great precision.
With this new BR‐CAL.323 manufacture calibre, the brand values precision and reliability more than ever. Both the movement and the case are guaranteed for 5 years. Something that lovers of beautiful mechanical watches will appreciate.
of a multi‐component case
At Bell & Ross, the Bauhaus principle that function defines design is never far away. In the genesis of the BR‐X5, the quest for pe formance concerns both the mechanism and the case. Therefore the architecture of the multi‐component case favours purity and radicality, lightness and resistance.
The 41 mm wide case, made entirely of steel, is built around a watertight container, a kind of central core that protects the manufacture movement. The crown guard is machined from the same block as the container.
The square bezel with its round sapphire crystal on the dial side and the open caseback on the movement side are fixed to the two steel plates that form the top and bottom of the case.
The plates‐container‐bezel‐caseback assembly is kept watertight by 4 screws that pass through the thickness of the case via 4 columns which reinforce the solidity of the construction.
This multi‐layer assembly is discreet from the front but comes into its own when looking at the BR‐X5 from the side. The hollowed‐out architecture of the case middle is obvious, revealing a technical construction that optimises lightness without compromising on resistance.
The different polished, satin‐brushed and micro‐blasted finishes redraw the lines and surfaces of this watchmaking puzzle. A rubber ring highlights the bezel to enrich and personalise the finish of the case.
of a new feature
The BR‐X5 stands out from the BR 05 by its movement and its functions which are displayed in the dial. The latter features a large‐aperture date window positioned at 3 o’clock and a circle‐shaped power reserve indicator at 9 o’clock. The latter, divided into three thirds, allows you to control the autonomy of your watch. These features give the BR‐X5 a new face and its visual identity.
The design of the dial optimises the reading of information. The hours are marked by long applique metal indexes with a rhodium‐plated outline, the central part of which is filled with grade X1 Super‐LumiNova® for optimal readability both day and night. The flange houses the numerical indications of the minutes.
The integrated steel bracelet is securely fastened to the case to form a perfectly ergonomic unit. The articulation of the attachment links offers remarkable comfort when worn.