Bell & Ross is expanding its offer with the new series dubbed Instrument de Marine. As it is clear from the name of the new collection, it includes watches that are modeled after vintage marine instruments. Among the three newcomers from this series is Bell & Ross BR-X1 Instrument de Marine which is slightly more modern looking since it features a skeletonized dial that reveals its automatic chronograph caliber. The new watch is made in the limited series of 99 pieces.
Up until now, Bell & Ross was predominantly known for its pilot’s watches. This will inevitably change with the introduction of its novel Instrument de Marine series that draws its inspiration from vintage watches that were used for seafaring. To recreate the spirit of old marine instruments, all newcomers (including Instrument de Marine BR-X1) from the novel series are made to resemble timekeepers that were used on ships of yesteryears.
Bronze and Indian Rosewood
One of the features that is borrowed from these timekeepers is the presence of a square housing which is made from the combination of Indian rosewood and bronze. The timber used in the construction is a rare material which was dominant in the construction of ships due to its reliability and strength. Bronze, on the other hand, will develop a nice looking patina over time, so it comes as no surprise that the manufacturer opted for these materials. By the way, the square housing is 45 mm wide and features a case-back with tinted sapphire crystal window over the balance of its movement. A nice additional touch is a respectable water resistance to 100 meters which is accordance with the overall naval theme of the piece.
The square case is combined with a circular dial which is likewise a feature that was common for old marine instruments. In this case, the dial is much more modern, since it is made from gray-tinted sapphire that shows the watch’s movement and its distinctive X-shaped bridge. The dial includes a white flange with gilt and applied hour markers on the periphery, as well as a pair of skeletonized hands in the same material. The 30-minute chrono sub-dial on the left side has the same white outline as the dial, while the small seconds counter on the opposite side is much more inconspicuous. Finally, there is also a date aperture at the bottom of the face.
The beating heart of the newcomer is caliber BR-CAL.313. It is a skeltonized automatic chronograph movement with 56 jewels and the frequency of 4 Hz. Finally, the novelty with the naval inspiration is coupled with a striking brown leather strap which locks with a bronze pin buckle.