First look: Bell & Ross’s futuristic BR-X1 Tourbillon Sapphire timepiece


When a watch comes in a limited edition of only five pieces, you know that it’s just gone from being “exclusive” to being practically endangered. The Bell & Ross BR-X1 Tourbillon Sapphire is one of those watches that’s so rare that you’ll be luck to even see one in your lifetime, let alone own it.

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The watch gets an extremely cool futuristic look thanks to the innovative use of sapphire crystal to create the watch case. That’s right, it’s not just the front and back, but the whole watch case that is made of transparent sapphire crystal. Inside the square case is a transparent circular dial through which you can see the Swiss hand-wind Bell & Ross in-house caliber 285 movement with 35 jewels, 21,600 vph and a power reserve of 4 days. The flying tourbillon is located at 6 o clock.
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The dramatic look of the watch is completed by a translucent rubber strap with metallic Kevlar weaving with a steel buckle. According to Forbes each of the five BR-X1 Tourbillon Sapphire watches is priced at $500,000. We love the look of this watch, but we can admit it’s a divisive design. Some will love it while others might find it gimmicky. Which side of the fence are you on?

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[Forbes]