The Bell & Ross BRX-2 Skeleton Tourbillon Micro-Rotor is the quintessential futuristic watch

The Bell & Ross BRX-2 Skeleton Tourbillon Micro-Rotor is the quintessential futuristic watch


Text: Angelyn Kwek

Contemporary haute horlogerie has never been more cutting-edge

Can a watch be highly technical yet pared down at the same time? Bell & Ross is answering that with a resounding heck yes as they debut the new BX-2 Skeleton Tourbillon Micro-Rotor. A 50-piece limited edition drop that's actually the second-gen successor to the original BR X2 model that saw the case and movement melded into a single entity, this new launch further challenges the transparency aesthetic by making what's visible invisible.

Ultra-modern right down to the smallest component, the BR-X2 is Bell & Ross' vision of contemporary haute horlogerie, where the movement takes centrestage as a masterpiece within an oh-so-futuristic case. Intentionally designed just so, the BR-CAL.381 calibre, remarkably assembled as a square, sits so closely to the two enclosing pieces of sapphire crystal plates to the point that it makes the case virtually invisible (this also means a 360 degree unobstructed view of the entire watch).

Bell & Ross BR-X2 Skeleton Tourbillon Micro-Rotor

But the marvel isn't just to be admired from the surface level; the paring down extends to its skeleton tourbillon complication, with the complexity and genius of it all being that as much material as possible was eliminated without compromising its functionality. This where the micro-rotor comes in, as it provides the automatic winding — and the power reserve — required to run the tourbillon at this reduced volume. And if you curious to know how the movement measures up in terms of thin, the digits are 4.05mm.

Bell & Ross BR-X2 Skeleton Tourbillon Micro-Rotor

Those numbers also translate to another physical aspect: The skeletonised movement rests virtually on the skin. Thanks to its fusion with the case and dial, the BR-X2 eliminates the need for a traditional bezel and caseback, resulting in the ultra-thin mechanism practically coming into contact with the wrist. At once a purist's dream with its minimal lines yet avant-garde with its conceptualisation, we reckon this is what the architecture of the timepiece of tomorrow looks like.

Bell & Ross BR-X2 Skeleton Tourbillon Micro-Rotor

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