182 Ac­tive Duty

Make this sum­mer a dy­namic one with sporty watches that tra­verse land, sea, sky, and even space

World of Watches (Singapore) - - Contents - WORDS JA­SON KWONG

Sporty watches that tra­verse land, sea, sky, and even space

TO IN­FIN­ITY AND BE­YOND

Bell & Ross ex­tends its BR-X1 col­lec­tion with the Hyper­stel­lar that’s meant for outer space

Bell & Ross de­cided this year that space cow­boys could use a chronograph to call their own, so en­ter the BR-X1 Hyper­stel­lar. Its moon-grey ti­ta­nium case with an­odised blue alu­minium in­serts houses a skele­tonised au­to­matic chronograph move­ment that’s per­fect for the jour­ney into deep space.

The move­ment skele­ton­i­sa­tion makes sense in this con­text, as it strips all non-es­sen­tial mass away to en­sure that the space­farer’s pay­load is op­ti­mised for launch. The black Dlc-treated up­per bridge is still formed in the shape of an “X” – both a vari­able and an un­known – and its push-but­tons will suit the thick gloves used by as­tro­nauts. A rub­ber grip has also been in­te­grated into the case for greater ease of han­dling. Ap­pli­ca­tion of Su­per-lu­mi­nova in all the right spots such as the hour and minute hands and in­dexes en­hances leg­i­bil­ity. The rim of the minute to­taliser, tachymeter, and bezel have all been ex­e­cuted in a dis­tinc­tive cerulean hue for lonely and home­sick mis­sion spe­cial­ists to re­mind them­selves of the Blue Mar­ble – home.

The ap­peal of the watch is ac­cen­tu­ated by a ti­ta­nium case back that now boasts a cir­cu­lar aper­ture, through which the cadence of the bal­ance wheel can be ap­pre­ci­ated. To se­cure the watch to the wrist in zero grav­ity, a hy­brid strap of al­li­ga­tor leather and grey rub­ber, with a steel pin buckle, is pro­vided.

This ad­vance­ment of the BR-X1 is tech­ni­cally well crafted, and will cer­tainly ap­peal to en­thu­si­asts with a pen­chant for space ex­plo­ration. It comes in a lim­ited edi­tion of 250 pieces. MOVE­MENT Self-wind­ing chronograph Cal­i­bre BR-CAL.313 with 40-hour power re­serve

CASE 45mm in ti­ta­nium and an­odised blue alu­minium, wa­ter re­sis­tant to 100m

STRAP Black al­li­ga­tor leather and grey rub­ber with steel pin buckle PRICE $29,300

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