New skeletonised chornograph watches: Bell & Ross unveils the BRX1 RS17 at Baselworld 2017
The watchmaker unveils a new timepiece at the annual watch fair following the announcement of another partnership with the Renault Sport Formula One Team
And we’re off to the races as BaselWorld 2017 flags off. Hot on the heels of the Bell & Ross and Renault Sport Formula One team announcement of a brand new car for the coming F1 season in London, the Swiss watchmaker reveals the BRX1 RS17 at the annual Basel watch fair. We only have a spec sheet to go on right now but what we see so far is intriguing because the watch is a skeletonised chronograph, done in an entirely contemporary way.
The case itself is also fascinating, featuring Carbone Forge, (a composite of compressed carbon fibres and thermosetting resin, superheated in a steel mould), ceramic and rubber inserts. The calibre is the new BR-CAL 313, which is distinguished by its X-shaped upper bridge; the watch is very much like the 2015 BR-X1 Carbone Forge, which we first saw in 2015. Speaking of naming conventions, this is actually the second watch in a row featuring the RS17 identifier, the other being the BR03-94 RS17 that Bell & Ross showed at the London launch event.
Held at the Royal Horticultural Halls, the event marked the continuing partnership between the racing team and Bell & Ross, a duet that started last year. Intriguingly, the new BRX1 RS17 and the BR03-94 RS17 are part of a trio that will be revealed in full at BaselWorld. The names of the watches – or at least the RS17 bit – are nods to the new Renault F1 car, the R.S. 17.