Sunday, September 10, 2017

Bell & Ross BR 01 Instrument Tourbillon Phantom Limited Edition

Introduced in 2008 in a limited edition of 18 pieces, the BR 01 Instrument Tourbillon Phantom is the monochrome version of the BR 01 TOURBILLON presented in Basel world 2007.

The Limited Edition BR 01 INSTRUMENT TOURBILLON PHANTOM proudly houses a horological Grande complication inside a stealth aircraft inspired black case combined with the readability of a photo-luminescent dial and Strong, lightweight materials. Dressed all in black during the day with its carbon case, black dial and hands, it lights up at night. Without deviating from the brand’s design principles, the BR 01 TOURBILLON PHANTOM incorporates four additional complications: a Tourbillon, a Precision Indicator, a Regulator and a Power Reserve Indicator.
With its carbon fibre bridges and mainplates and black carbon finish, the black gold finish Tourbillon’s grande complication mechanism performs with perfect accuracy. The Trust Index indicates the accuracy of the movement in accordance with the tension on the barrels.

With this PHANTOM version, Bell & Ross offers discreet readability without sacrificing its technical and professional requirements. A totally black watch and dial perfectly readable at night thanks to a photo-luminescent coating specially developed by Bell & Ross.

The cross-shaped layout of the four counters ranks the information in order of priority.
- The Regulator features an hour counter and a large minute hand. The Bell & Ross designers preferred to bring the minutes to the forefront to make the watch that much easier to read.
- 120-hour Power Reserve Indicator.

The Tourbillon is constructed out of technologically advanced materials, which have been further enhanced by sophisticated finishes. The carbon fibre dial and the case, which is made out of ultra light, DLC-coated (Diamond Like Carbon) titanium at 4 000 Vickers HV, optimize the watch’s performance.

The bezel and the upper plate’s angled ribs increase the robustness of the case. The middle-case hollowed out of the rim lightens the structure without compromising the solidity of the case. Each of these openings is trimmed with a carbon fibre insert. These finishes accentuate the high-tech architecture of the BR 01 INSTRUMENT TOURBILLON PHANTOM. Secured with four screws, the removable caseback reveals the movement through a sapphire crystal.

The Tourbillon also features the modular concept central to the BR 01 INSTRUMENT collection. This ingenious system of removable fasteners allows the watch to be converted into a desk clock, clock pendant or dashboard ornament.

The BR 01 INSTRUMENT TOURBILLON PHANTOM is presented on a titanium and carbon fibre desk stand. This desk stand calls attention to the Tourbillon’s original function: Offsetting the variations caused by the earth’s gravitational pull from a vertical position. The watch is sold with two interchangeable straps in rubber and black alligator in a lacquered wood and carbon fibre presentation case.

Technical details
Limited Edition to 18 pieces

BR 01 TOURBILLON with carbon fibre mainplates and black gold tourbillon carriage
Mechanical movement with manual winding

Hours (counter at 12 o’clock), minutes (central hand), 120-h power reserve indicator (at 9 o’clock), trust index (at 3 o’clock)

46mm XXL diameter
Glass bead blasted titanium with DLC (Diamond Like Carbon), virtually unscratchable coating (4 000 vickers)
Screw-in crown
Glass: Anti-reflection sapphire crystal (Top and back)
Water-resistance: 100 meters.

Black carbon fibre, hands and indexes with photo-luminescent coating for night reading

Rubber or alligator

Limited Edition to 18 pieces

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