BRX-X1: Bell & Ross, the ultimate reference in aeronautical watches, has now added racecar drivers to its list of professional users. As the Official Watch Partner of the Renault Sport F1 Team, Bell & Ross continues to celebrate this partnership debuted on March 18 in Melbourne, at the Formula 1 Pirelli Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai. The 5.4 km Shanghai International Circuit, famous for its demanding changes of acceleration in winding turns and high-speed straights, will be an exciting arena for the release of a new limited-edition pair of watches: the BR‑X1 RS16 and the BR‑X1 RS16 Tourbillon, named after the team’s new R.S. 16 race car for the 2016 season and exclusively available for retail at selective Grand Prix.
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Bell & Ross’ BR-X1 line is the extreme version of the iconic BR01, just like Formula 1 is the ultimate version of a car. Cyril Abiteboul, Managing Director of Renault Sport F1 Team, comments: “The collaboration with Bell & Ross was born out of a passion for mechanical engineering, speed and precision and is a valuable partnership for both sides. We share an interest in small details and the conviction that every millisecond counts.”
Embodying the very essence of the “automotive watch”, the BR-X1 RS16 Skeleton Chronograph, a high-tech chronograph with a sporty yet sophisticated design, is perfection when measuring 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: it is an indispensable tool for driving.
The Bell & Ross BR-X1 RS16 and RS16 Tourbillon are fitted on a yellow rubber and carbon fibre strap, but the brand will supply you with a full black rubber strap if desired (as can be seen in some pictures) when the yellow one is a bit too, let’s say, funky for your liking. Bell & Ross only offers these watches in limited edition – 250 pieces for the Bell & Ross BR-X1 RS16 Skeleton Chronograph and 20 pieces for the RS16 Tourbillon, available only in the paddock of each Formula 1 race.
Price: 155,000 for the tourbillon and 22,000 for the skeleton chronograph.
Available from: bellross.com