Bell & Ross, famous for making instrument-inspiried timepieces, seems to have outdone themselves yet again in both form, function, materials, an audacity. Enter the Bell & Ross BR-X2 – a sapphire enclosed, see-through toubillon that’s unlike any other.


As an automatic movement, the BR-X2 features a self winding rotor – the semi-circular weight that coverts hand motion into watch winding motion. However in this case, Bell&Ross has shrunken the size of the rotor down to a very small section taking up 1/3 of the back of the watch. It’s clearly visible through the sapphire back/ It’s incredible that this small mass can wind the watch fully.

Fused Sapphire Case and Automatic Movement

The BR-X2’s most striking feature is certainly the curved, square sapphire case front and back. Bell&Ross has incorporated this precisely formed piece of sapphire to not only act as the crystal, but to also make up major structural components of the case, and act as part of the structure supporting the movement – truly a feat, and great looking too. Unlike the X1 Tourbillon Sapphire, there are some stainless steel elements making up the X2 – which I prefer to the Tourbillon Sapphire X1.


Finally, what’s a $65,000 watch without a Tourbillon? The BR-X2 has one too, prominently featured on the front, with the iconic Bell&Ross ampersand integrated into the cage.

By Jeffrey Donenfeld

Wrist Watch Review Writer Jeffrey Donenfeld lives in Colorado and reviews products at his website. An accomplished adventure traveler, antarctic expedition director, and rescue scuba diver, Jeffrey has tested and reviewed watches in a multitude of challenging environments. Jeffrey loves exploring design, construction, materials, and utility aspects of horology, and gets a kick out of both classics as well as fresh new ideas. He typically tests extensively watches he writes about, and provides readers with a real-world, practical take on diverse timepieces. In addition to writing about time, Jeffrey also works as a venture capital investment manager at a growing startup accelerator in Boulder, Colorado. In his free time he travels (70+ countries and counting), snowboards, rock climbs, runs, sails, scuba dives, and occasionally relaxes.

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