Bell & Ross presents its exclusive BR-X1 RS16 models to celebrate the partnership with Renault Sport Formula One Team.
The 5.4 km Shanghai International Circuit was the arena this weekend for the release of a new limited edition pair of watches: the BR-X1 RS16 and the BR-X1 RS16 Tourbillon. Named after Renault's new R.S. 16 race car for the 2016 season, the timepieces will exclusively be available for retail at selective Grand Prix. Pilots Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer were presented with a personalized BR-X1 RS16 Skeleton Chronograph watch, featuring their names and numbers in “Renault Life” typography.
JOLYON PALMER AND KEVIN MAGNUSSEN. © BELL & ROSS
The BR-X1 RS16 Skeleton Chronograph and the BR-X1 RS16 Skeleton Chronograph Tourbillon were created to withstand extreme conditions. They are armored, ingenious, robust and technical watches that stand out thanks to the innovative design of its 45 mm multi-material black monobloc case (made of grade 5 titanium and Carbone Forgé®).
Made from grey-tinted sapphire crystal and featuring appliqué metal indices with photo-luminescent inserts, the dial forms a clear window through which the movement can be admired. The faceted, Superluminova®-filled hands and appliqué indices offer great legibility. A yellow rubber grip has also been integrated to the case to ensure better handling when activating the chronograph’s functions, even when wearing gloves.
As a subtle reference to the color associated with Renault Sport's Formula 1 Team and the racing car field, both timepieces display yellow rubber inserts on the crown and the rocker push buttons.
Both watches are completed with a woven rubber or bi-material strap.
BELL & ROSS-BR-X1-RS16, WITH A BLACK RUBBER STRAP. © BELL & ROSS
Embodying the very essence of the “automotive watch”, the BR-X1 RS16 Skeleton Chronograph can measure short time intervals. Its innovative rocker push buttons, used to activate the chronograph functions, are made from high-tech ceramic with ergonomically designed yellow rubber inserts. Essential for calculating speeds, the tachymeter scale appears on the dark grey flange. To improve legibility, the hands of the chronograph are brought out in yellow.
The automatic skeleton chronograph calibre BR-CAL.313, beating at 28,800 vph, powers this timepiece, which is a limited edition of 250 pieces.
BR-X1 RS16 Tourbillon
BR-X1 RS16 TOURBILLON, WITH A BI-MATERIAL STRAP. © BELL & ROSS
In a more luxurious and high-end version, the BR-X1 RS16 Skeleton Chronograph Tourbillon is limited to 20 pieces. Bell & Ross has developed a manual wind Skeleton Tourbillon Mono-Pusher Chronograph, with column wheel movement, and hours and minutes in the center for a traditional display, as well as a 100-hour (4 days) power reserve indicator at 9 o'clock. The timepiece also has a 30-minute counter at 10 o'clock and a 60 second counter at 2 o'clock for the chronograph functions. The tourbillon is clearly visible in its cage positioned at 6 o'clock and serves as the ultimate guarantee of precision.