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Replica Buying Guide Introducing the Bell & Ross BR-X1 Black Titanium

The dial of the Bell & Ross Vintage V1-92 Bellytanker is easy and very legible, with applied metal hour mark including Arabic markers at 12, 6, 3, and 9. The hands are polished steel

Bell & Ross BR-X1 Black Titanium 2

The dial of the Bell & Ross Vintage V1-92 Bellytanker is easy and very legible, with applied metal hour mark including Arabic markers at 12, 6, 3, and 9. The hands are polished steel and full of Super-LumiNova for legibility in reduced light. A popular feature of mine within the two watches is that the counter-weight of the seconds hand, which is a very simple triangle and seems to be made to resemble a delta-wing plane. Both the watches have a date window at 4:30 that, to tell the truth, I’m not a fan of and believe could’ve been excluded. However, this really is a personal preference and so much as date windows go, this is nicely done and the date wheel is at the exact same gilt copper shade as the dial — no cutting corners with a black date wheel here. A finishing touch is a black second chapter ring that adds some pop and contrast to the dial of this Bell & Ross Vintage V1-92 Bellytanker.The Bell & Ross Vintage V2-94 Bellytanker chronograph shares a great deal of the same features like the hands, the minute chapter ring, and date window. The main enhancements here are both recessed, black sub-dials in 3 and 9 o’clock. The former shows running seconds and the latter is a 30-minute chronograph countertop. Such as the chapter ring, the sub-dials include some very nice visual comparison and also help legibility. The sub-dials replace both 3 and 9 hour mark, however, the 12 and 6 Arabic markers remain and help fill in and balance out the dial visually.

The signature square Bell & Ross generally comes in two flavours – sleek and minimalist or tech-maximalist. The BR-X1 Black Titanium falls into the latter category.

Made of titanium, the case is 45mm in diameter and framed with black ceramic. The chronograph pushers are integrated into the case and pivoted on one end, functioning like rockers, a trademark feature of the X1 line.

Like the other X1 watches, this has no dial. In its place is a grey-tinted sapphire crystal that reveals the chronograph module below, along with the open-worked date wheel. Because the BR-CAL.313 movement inside is modular – made up of an ETA 2892 with a Dubois-Depraz chronograph plate – the entirety of the chronograph mechanism is visible from the front. And the chronograph module has been skeletonised, with an X-shaped bridge in the centre, to reveal as much of the movement as possible.

Bell & Ross BR-X1 Black Titanium 2

While the BR-X1 Black Titanium is not quite the value proposition offered by the BR V1-92 by the same maker for instance, the price tag stems from both the skeletonised movement as well as the complex case produced by G&F Châtelain. A leading specialist in cases and buckles, G&F Châtelain is a Chanel subsidiary (the Parisian fashion house also owns Bell & Ross) that also makes components for cutting edge brands like MB&F and Richard Mille.

Bell & Ross BR-X1 Black Titanium 1

Price and availability 

Limited to 250 pieces, the BR-X1 Black Titanium (ref. BRX1-CE-TI-BLC) costs €16,900 or S$27,200. Learn more on bellross.com.


 

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