Bell & Ross BR 01 Instrument Tourbillon Phantom

Launched in 2008 in a limited edition of 18 pieces, the BR 01 Tourbillon Phantom accommodates the most noble of watch complications, without losing sight of the expectations of professionals.

THE BR 01 INSTRUMENT TOURBILLON PHANTOM is the monochrome version of the BR 01 TOURBILLON presented in 2007. Dressed all in black during the day with its carbon case, black dial and hands, it lights up at night. This timepiece takes its colour and angular shapes design inspiration from the stealth bombers.

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 main plates 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.

The BR 01 TOURBILLON PHANTOM is 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 4000 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
Movement
BR 01 TOURBILLON with carbon fibre main-plates and black gold tourbillon carriage
Mechanical movement with manual winding

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

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

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

Strap
Rubber or alligator

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