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INTRODUCING: Bell & Ross BR-X5

More than just a spin-off of the urban-chic BR 05.

Launched in 2019, the BR 05 successfully added another dimension to Bell & Ross, departing from its line-up of timepieces heavily inspired by aviation instruments and the military to appeal to the modern, urban audience. With the collection’s fast-growing prominence, one would be forgiven for mistaking the new BR-X5 as merely another variant from the burgeoning collection. After all, the BR-X5 inherited much of the BR 05’s sporty good looks, characterised by an integrated bracelet, circular dial in a rounded square-shaped case, and four exposed screws occupying each corner of its bezel. Well, the BR-X5 is all of that and more.

Bell & Ross BR-X5

For starters, Bell & Ross has adopted a more technical approach when creating the BR-X5’s 41mm steel case, elevating the geometric silhouette of the BR 05 with a multi-layer construction. When the watch is viewed from its side, one can clearly see that its case middle has a hollowed-out architecture that optimises the watch’s lightness. Machined from the same steel block as the crown guards, this solid core offers superior protection to the watch’s movement.

Bell & Ross BR-X5

The core of the timepiece is sandwiched between its caseback and its square bezel, which is highlighted by a rubber ring. The entire assembly is secured by the four functional screws that pass through the watch via four columns, keeping it water-resistant to 100m. Giving the BR-X5 its signature look, the multi-part construction also enables the French brand to showcase different polished, satin-brushed and micro-blasted finishes, highlighting the distinctive lines of the timepiece.

Bell & Ross BR-X5

The dial of the steel BR-X5, whether in black or ice blue, benefits from the urban aesthetic of the BR 05 and Bell & Ross’ aeronautical DNA. Fitted with Super-LumiNova-filled hands and indices that ensure legibility even in the dark, the dial features a sunray finish and an oversized date window at the 3 o’clock position that recalls analogue flight instruments, while on the other side of the dial, a three-day power reserve indicator signals the impressive engine running within.

Bell & Ross BR-X5

For the first time, Bell & Ross has collaborated with esteemed mechanical manufacture Kenissi to design and produce an exclusive calibre for its watches. Created especially for the BR-X5, Calibre BR-CAL.323 is an automatic movement that is endowed with an approximately 70-hour power reserve, quick date correction mechanism, and variable inertia balance wheel that enhances its precision. Visible via a sapphire exhibition case back, Calibre BR-CAL.323 is also chronometer-certified by COSC. Demonstrating Bell & Ross’ confidence in the quality of the new movement, the BR-X5 comes with a five-year warranty, an impressive bump-up from the French brand’s two-year standard.

Bell & Ross BR-X5

Lastly, if you think that the multi-part case of the BR-X5 offers endless possibilities in material combinations, Bell & Ross is already way ahead of you. Alongside the debut steel versions, it also comes in a special Carbon Orange edition seemingly inspired by motor racing. Limited to 500 pieces, its case combines micro-blasted, DLC-coated grade 2 titanium with matt carbon fibre and is paired with a sporty rubber strap in striking orange.

Bell & Ross BR-X5

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