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O ver the years, Bell & Ross has be­come a lead­ing ref­er­ence in the world of avi­a­tion time­pieces. This rep­u­ta­tion is built on the brand’s fo­cus on leg­i­bil­ity, wa­ter­re­sis­tance, func­tion­al­ity and pre­ci­sion. To that end, on top of show­cas­ing its unique watch­mak­ing ex­per­tise, Bell & Ross also aims to sat­isfy the strictest of pro­fes­sional re­quire­ments.

As every Bell & Ross watch has to meet four ba­sic prin­ci­ples—leg­i­bil­ity, func­tion­al­ity, pre­ci­sion and also re­li­a­bil­ity—every de­tail has a pur­pose and func­tion. This de­sign phi­los­o­phy is ex­pressed mainly through pure lines and, above all else, ex­cep­tional pieces built around highly com­plex and pre­cise mech­a­nisms that, day af­ter day, take part in the con­quest of the sea, land and sky.

Par­tic­u­larly for the lat­ter, Bell & Ross has car­ried out an ex­cep­tion­ally im­pres­sive tech­ni­cal and vis­ual feat by pro­duc­ing a time­keep­ing in­stru­ment of the high­est qual­ity: The new BRX1 Mil­i­tary that boasts a high-end chronograph and aes­thet­ics in­spired by the stark lines of stealth fight­ers.

New Ma­te­ri­als

As a nod to its roots in the mil­i­tary and aerospace in­dus­tries, Bell & Ross has used a light­weight and ul­tra re­silient ma­te­rial for the lat­est BRX1 Mil­i­tary called High Re­sis­tance Ti­ta­nium (HRT). Mind you, this ma­te­rial is ob­tained us­ing an en­tirely new process, which al­ters the ti­ta­nium and makes it even more hard­wear­ing. Al­ways at the cut­ting edge of tech­ni­cal ad­vances, the brand suc­cess­fully com­bined a matte khaki high re­sis­tance ti­ta­nium case with ul­tra­lu­mi­nous green dis­play.

At first glance, the dial—made from tinted sap­phire crys­tal—of­fers a fully trans­par­ent win­dow into the work­ings of the watch. driven by the BR-cAl.313 au­to­matic me­chan­i­cal move­ment, this skele­tonized chronograph is light­weight yet very re­silient. On top of that, the X-shaped up­per bridge is given a black dlc (di­a­mond-like car­bon) coat­ing, the sig­na­ture of the Bell & Ross ex­per­i­men­tal line. More­over, the cir­cu­lar open­ing on the case­back also al­lows the wearer to ad­mire—or show off—the beat­ing heart of the watch.

Com­plete Pack­age

so, the BR-X1 Mil­i­tary is not only fully “ar­mored” but also presents a so­phis­ti­cated and lux­u­ri­ous sporty look. But, again, func­tion is a key el­e­ment here. Take, for in­stance, the faceted hands and ap­plique in­dexes which are filled with su­per­lu­mi­nova c3 to en­sure op­ti­mal leg­i­bil­ity dur­ing the day and at night.

The beau­ti­ful yet sim­ple time dis­play is based on the brand’s vis­ual sig­na­ture. Both the cen­tral hour and minute hands are read tra­di­tion­ally, while the small sec­onds hand is po­si­tioned at 3 o’clock and the skele­tonized date dial is po­si­tioned at 6 o’clock. for a sub­tle twist, in­stead of a hand, the minute timer on the chronograph func­tion fea­tures an ul­tra-light alu­minum disc re­sem­bling the blades of a tur­bine. Round­ing up the BR-X1 Mil­i­tary’s dis­play pack­age is a tachymeter scale on the khaki flange, while a per­fo­rated rub­ber strap adds a fi­nal—and com­fort­able—touch.

Fly­ing High

Bell & Ross has, over time, be­come a ma­jor ref­er­ence point in the field of in­stru­ment watches. since its in­cep­tion, the brand has pro­duced ex­cep­tional mod­els in its con­tin­u­ous pur­suit of su­pe­rior per­for­mance. This time, it comes in the form of the cut­ting edge BR-X1 Mil­i­tary, which is made avail­able as a limited edi­tion model of only 250 pieces.

The use of highly ad­vanced ma­te­rial brought forth a watch that is light­weight, hard­wear­ing, er­gonomic and also ul­tra-mod­ern. The BR-X1 Mil­i­tary is, in short, one of the most in­no­va­tive time­pieces at the mo­ment, that will de­lights fans of in­stru­ments de­signed for the ex­tremes and those that need a solid com­pan­ion on their ev­ery­day ad­ven­tures.

“The BR-X1 Mil­i­tary is not only fully ‘ ar­mored’ but also presents a so­phis­ti­cated and lux­u­ri­ous sporty look”

Close up of the br-X1 Mil­i­tary’s skele­tonized dial and hands; blown-up il­lus­tra­tion of the move­ment; the bold pro­file of the watch op­po­site page bell & ross’ br-X1 Mil­i­tary

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