Bell & Ross made their name with utilitarian aviation inspired timepieces. As the years go by they’ve pushed the boundaries of what’s possible within this well-worn trope via a motto ‘from the dashboard to the wrist’. Their latest collection, possibly inspired by the conveniently named, bright orange Bell X-1 – the first plane to reach supersonic speeds piloted by Chuck Yeager – is the BR-X1 range, defined by its technical case construction and skeletonised dials.
The latest addition to the BR-X1 is the limited edition Hyperstellar, which takes the aviation theme to its logical conclusion –outer space.
The Hyperstellar would be a solid choice for a manned mission to Mars, thanks to its ultra-light construction from grade 5 titanium, with blue anodised aluminium highlights. And of course, operating the chronograph on EVAs would be a breeze, thanks to the BR-X1s rubber-clad ‘rocker’ style chronograph pushers. You’ve certainly got to have the right stuff to pull this watch off – thanks to the square shape it wears even larger than it’s 45mm width might suggest. Having said that it’s still comfortable on the wrist, thanks to the short lugs.
For those of us with more earthly concerns the BR-X1 Skeleton Chronograph Hyperstellar also looks good. The blue and grey (blue for earth, grey for the moon) is a particularly attractive colour combination, and something new for B&R. Also new is the strap – grey alligator inset into supple rubber. It amounted to the most comfortable wear of the day – very, very pleasant on the wrist and. This is a luxe strap that hasn’t forgotten its functional roots.
Bell & Ross BR-X1 Skeleton Chronograph Hyperstellar pricing and availability
The BR-X1 Hyperstellar is limited to 250 pieces and has a retail price of 17,900 Euro.