Crys­tal Clear

DA MAN - - Watches -

Sap­phire is cur­rently the hottest ma­te­rial for watch­cases, although only a for­ward-think­ing few dar­ingly use it. Among those is

that un­veiled the BR-X1 Tour­bil­lon Sap­phire at Basel­world 2016. The iconic square watch­case boasts a see-through crys­tal that’s made of nine blocks of sap­phire. It’s no se­cret that the watch­case took a long time to cre­ate—sap­phire is the se­cond hard­est ma­te­rial af­ter di­a­mond, af­ter all. But what goes on in­side the dial is no less fas­ci­nat­ing. There is a chrono­graph func­tion with push­ers on the right side of the case, and a minute sub-dial at 11 o’clock, too. This 45mm tick­ing mas­ter­piece is also re­mark­ably long-last­ing with a power re­serve of 100 hours or ap­prox­i­mately four days.

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