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.
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.
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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