COMBINING TRADITION AND MODERNITY

Aviation is a passion at Bell & Ross, and reinterpreting on-board instruments, its guiding force. The iconic BR 01 watch took its inspiration from the clock in an aircraft cockpit. With its latest collection of Marine Instruments, the watchmaking firm is temporarily leaving runways, radars and fighter planes.

The constant quest for new universes and new lands to explore, has lead Bell & Ross to pay tribute to world this series of three watches. The first marine instruments appeared in the 17th century with the purpose of guiding the vessels that had started to cross the seas and oceansat this time. The timepieces designed for shipboard use, which were key to naval history, have inspired this collection. These three new watches offer a contemporary reinterpretation of those evocative tools that link together tradition and modernity, past and present.


BR 01
INSTRUMENT DE MARINE

BR-X1
INSTRUMENT DE MARINE

BR-X1 TOURBILLON
INSTRUMENT DE MARINE

FORMS AND MATERIALS

The new Marine Instrument collection takes the essence of the legendary 18th century clock invented by John Harrison and scales it down to watch size.
At that time, ship’s clocks were housed inside square wooden cases. However, the display was round, just like the majority of modern watches: a circle within a square. In the design of these new watches, Bell & Ross combines contemporary and retro touches, and the materials play a very important role:

INDIAN ROSEWOOD: This wood harks back to the hull and masts of the vessels and to the cases used to house the ship’s instruments at the time. Indian rosewood is a rare timber, of a warm pinkish red in color, with an elegant texture and very fine grain. It does, however, offer very high compressive strength. Working it requires a very meticulous approach. Firstly, it is shaved into very fine sheets, which are pressed, machined and then varnished.



BRONZE: The cases of the BR 01 Marine and BX1 Skeleton Chronograph are adorned with bronze, an alloy that brings to mind the brass used for the surrounds on the original ship’s clocks. When it comes into contact with air and moisture, this material takes on a brown or greyish-green patina. With no two-oxidation processes alike, these watches are transformed into unique pieces.

ROSE GOLD: This material is used for the BX1 Tourbillon Chronograph case. Rare and noble, gold is the perfect choice for such an exceptional model. Its warm color also pairs beautifully with the Indian rosewood. GRADE 5 TITANIUM: The watchmaker has chosen modern, lightweight and resilient Grade 5 titanium for the central container section.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE MARINE CLOCK

The marine clock was first fitted to ships in the 17th century. These clocks were equipped with a sufficiently accurate mechanism to serve as the time base for navigation.
From the 18th century on, marine technology developed and a large number of vessels were now crossing the oceans. A wave of shipwrecks followed, often caused by inaccurate navigation.
For the United Kingdom, the mastery of the high seas had a strategic purpose. As an island, its military and economic power depended upon it.
Members of Parliament strived to find a way of reducing the number of shipwrecks reaching the conclusion that voyages would be safer if ships had more accurate timekeeping instruments.

In those days, navigators would turn to the night sky, specifically to the stars, to help them during long voyages. Precise knowledge of the time enabled them to establish their longitude, and thereby determine their position in the ocean. The English Parliament voted in the “Longitude Act” in 1714, which was a law promising a reward of £20,000 to the inventor of a clock that was accurate to one degree of longitude. John Harrison, a specialist micromechanical engineer, won this prize with a clock that offered unrivalled accuracy.


BR 01 INSTRUMENT DE MARINE



Movement: calibre BR-CAL.203. Hand-wound mechanical. 17 jewels, 21,600 vph. 56-hours power reserve.

Functions: hours, minutes and small seconds at 6 o’clock.

Case: 46 mm diameter. Precious wood, titanium and CuSn8 bronze.

Dial: white lacquer. Roman numerals. Blued hands.

Crystal: anti-reflective sapphire.

Water resistance: 100 m.

Strap: brown alligator.

Buckle: pin. Bronze.

Limited Edition : 500 pieces.


BR-X1 INSTRUMENT DE MARINE



Movement: calibre BR-CAL.313. Mechanical automatic. ‘X’-shaped upper bridge. 56 jewels, 28,800 vph. Skeleton chronograph.

Functions: hours, minutes, small seconds at 3 o’clock. Skeleton date at 6 o’clock. Chronograph: 30-min timer at 9 o’clock, central chronograph seconds.

Case: 45 mm diameter. Precious wood and CuSn8 bronze. Back with opening in tinted sapphire crystal, centred on the balance.

Dial: grey-tinted sapphire crystal. Gilt appliqué indices with Superluminova inserts. Gilt skeleton Superluminova-filled hour and minute hands. Gilt aluminium 30-min chronograph timer disc.

Crystal: anti-reflective sapphire.

Water resistance: 100 m.

Strap:brown alligator.

Buckle: pin. Bronze.

Limited Edition : 99 pieces.


BR-X1 Tourbillon INSTRUMENT DE MARINE



Movement:calibre BR-CAL.283. Hand-wound flying tourbillon. Mono-pusher column wheel chronograph. 282 components, 35 jewels, 21,600 vph. 4-day power reserve.

Functions: hours and minutes. Chronograph: 30-min timer at 11 o’clock, chronograph 60-sec timer at 1 o’clock. Power reserve indicator at 9 o’clock. Flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock.

Case: 45 mm diameter. 18 ct rose gold and precious wood. Rocker push-button. Sapphire case-back with anti-reflective coating..

Dial: grey-tinted sapphire crystal. Gilt appliqué indices with Superluminova inserts. Gilt skeleton Superluminova-filled hour and minute hands.

Crystal: anti-reflective sapphire.

Water resistance: 100 m.

Strap: brown alligator.

Buckle: pin. 18 ct rose gold.

Limited Edition : 20 pieces.

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