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