Bell & Ross BR-RS17 Collection – BR 03-94 RS17, BR X1 RS17 Skeleton Chronograph & BR X1 RS17 Tourbillon Chronograph

Since its foundation in 1994, Bell & Ross has been creating high grade aviation watches for fighter pilots and aviators all over the world. In February 2016, the watch brand made its first foray into the racetracks by joining the highly exclusive world of Formula 1 and becoming the official watch partner of the Renault Sport Formula One Team.

The collaboration with the French F1 team led to a first collection of watches named BR X1 RS16, in reference to the car unveiled that year. In 2017, Bell & Ross is strengthening its partnership by releasing a series of three new high-performance watches inspired by the steering wheel of the new Renault RS 17 F1 car:-

  • BR 03-94 RS17
  • BR X1 RS17 Skeleton Chronograph
  • BR X1 RS17 Tourbillon Chronograph

The design and color codes of these high-tech timepieces allow the time to be read quickly and accurately. The principle evokes that of an F1 steering wheel, on which each piece of information is paired with a different color.

This enables the driver to recognize them instantly, without any risk of error. The materials used – Carbone Forgé®, titanium or ceramic – are identical to those used in Grand-Prix racing cars.

Designed for racing drivers, the new Bell & Ross BR-RS17 collection is made up of truly exceptional watches. Their design, inspired by Formula 1, brings together the latest technological advances and the most innovative materials used in the racing world. These quintessential sports timepieces also take the lead in terms of legibility and finishes.

BR 03-94 RS17

This series includes only chronograph models. The new Bell & Ross BR-RS17 collection features a wide range of color shades. These vivid hues are found on the steering wheel of the Renault F1 single-seater. For example, the flange on the two BR X1 chronographs features the same shimmering tones as the dial wheel at the center of the F1 RS17 steering wheel.

These complementary primary colors, rarely used in high-end watches, allow functions to be identified and prioritized. The time, chronograph, date, seconds and power reserve (where applicable) have each their own color. This ensures the display is exceptionally clear and easy to decipher, and read reliably at a glance.

BR X1 RS17 Skeleton Chronograph

On the three watches, the elements relating to the chronograph complication are partially coated in “Renault” yellow. Ever since the French constructor entered F1 in 1977, its single-seaters have sported this shade.

Aviation and motor racing have many points in common: both rely on innovative materials, just as the latest Bell & Ross’ collection.

The case of the BR X1 is made of Carbone Forgé® and the dial of the BR03-94 is crafted of carbon fiber, both of the models being inspired on the steering wheel of the Renault F1 RS17. This lightweight and highly resilient composite material is used in aircraft fuselages and in bodies of racing cars. It is perfectly suited for the structural components subject to extreme mechanical stress.

BR X1 RS17 Tourbillon Chronograph

The engineers at Bell & Ross have reworked this material in order to meet the quality criteria of watchmaking. They redesigned its fibers, the resin that holds them in place, and the tooling needed to create its finish. The results are perfectly watertight cases for the X1 models of impeccable quality.

Both the aviation and automotive industries use ceramic, which is mostly used in the brakes of racing cars because it does not heat easily. The case of the BR 03 is made from this very hard material used to create components that are resistant to high temperatures.

Racing car tires are made from rubber. This material, with a very powerful grip, is used on the rim of the case and the push buttons of the BR X1 ensuring an excellent handling of the timekeeping function and a greater accuracy. The straps are also made from innovative materials. On the BR X1, rubber is paired with carbon fiber for a very sporty look.

Bell & Ross BR 03-94 RS17

This timepiece features a ceramic case designed to withstand shock and a sporty carbon fiber dial that makes it exceptionally well suited to the motor racing world. This lightweight, resilient material evokes the steering wheel of the Renault F1 car.

The Start & Stop push-button of the chronograph features yellow anodized aluminum. This iconic color has been used since Renault first entered Formula 1. It is also found on the internal bezel that features a tachymeter scale used to calculate the speed of a car: an indispensable function for a racing driver’s watch.

Technical details

Model: Bell and Ross BR 03-94 RS17

Calibre BR-CAL.301
Automatic mechanical

Hours, minutes, small seconds at 3 o’clock
Chronograph for short time periods: 30-min timer at 9 o’clock, central chronograph seconds
Tachymeter scale on the flange

42 mm in diameter
Matt black ceramic
Crystal: sapphire with anti-reflective coating
Water-resistance: 100 metres

Carbon fibre
Metal applique Superluminova®-filled numerals
Metal skeleton Superluminova®-filled hour and minute hands

Woven black rubber and ultra-resilient black synthetic fabric
Buckle: Pin. Black PVD coated steel

Limited edition of 500 pieces

Bell & Ross BR X1 RS17 Skeleton Chronograph

This is an extreme variation of Bell & Ross’ iconic watch, the BR 03. It boasts all the elements that are essential to a chronograph watch designed for race drivers.

Highly sophisticated, its skeleton mechanism allows its gears to be admired through the grey-tinted sapphire crystal. The “rocker” type push buttons activate the chronograph function with great accuracy. They are made from high-tech ceramic and capped with yellow rubber for an improved grip.

The bezel features a tachymeter scale designed for calculating racing speeds. Lastly, the dial flange is split into several hour segments, each of which has a corresponding color. This color segmentation makes the measured time easier to read.

The chronograph hands are yellow, the date is red, the small seconds hand is green and the hour hand, white. The latter is coated in SuperLuminova that guarantees excellent legibility, both day and night.

Technical details

Model: Bell and Ross BR X1 RS17 Skeleton Chronograph

Calibre BR-CAL.313
Automatic mechanical
‘X’-shaped upper bridge
56 jewels, 28,800 vph
Skeleton chronograph

Hours, minutes, small seconds at 3 o’clock
Skeleton date at 6 o’clock
Chronograph: 30-min timer at 9 o’clock, central chronograph seconds

45 mm in diameter
Carbon Forgé® and ceramic with rubber inserts
Rocker push-buttons
Crystal: sapphire with anti-reflective coating
Case-back with opening in tinted sapphire crystal, centered on the balance
Water-resistance: 100 metres

Grey-tinted sapphire crystal
Metal applique Superluminova®-filled numerals
Metal skeletonised Superluminova®-filled hour and minute hands

Bi-material: rubber and carbon fibre
Buckle: pin. Black PVD* steel finish and rubber insert


Limited edition of 250 pieces

Bell & Ross BR X1 TOURBILLON R.S.17

The hand-wound chronograph of the highest level of complication and a tourbillon make this watch an outstanding piece. It is incredibly complex, built with miniscule pieces and housed inside a “floating” cage that is fitted on a hub but appears to float in the air.

The chronograph function is activated by a paddle-style mono-pusher positioned to the right of the case. The key component of the system, the column wheel, coordinates the starting and stopping of the chronograph. The timer indications are red and yellow.

The 4-day power reserve is shown in green, and white hands coated in SuperLuminova indicate the time. This special coating guarantees legibility, even at night.

Technical details

Model: Bell and Ross BR X1 Tourbillon R.S.17

Calibre BR-CAL.283
Hand-wound Flying tourbillon
Mono-pusher column wheel chronograph
282 components, 35 jewels, 21,600 vph
4-day power reserve

Hours and minutes
Chronograph: 30-min timer at 11 o’clock, chronograph 60-sec timer at 1 o’clock
Power reserve indicator at 9 o’clock
Flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock

45 mm in diameter
Carbon Forgé® and ceramic with rubber inserts
Rocker mono-pusher
Crystal: sapphire with anti-reflective coating.
Sapphire case-back with anti-reflective coating
Water-resistance: 100 metres

Grey-tinted sapphire crystal
Metal applique Superluminova®-filled indices
Metal skeletonised Superluminova®-filled hour and minute hands

Bi-material: rubber and carbon fiber
Buckle: pin. Black PVD steel finish and rubber insert

Limited edition of 20 pieces

Jean Dunand Palace – Manual Winding Flying Tourbillon Watch with Monopusher Chronograph, GMT and Power Reserve Display (Inspired from London’s Crystal Palace & Eiffel Tower of Paris)

The Jean Dunand Palace watch takes its name from London’s Crystal Palace, built for the Great Exhibition of 1851, while sharing aesthetic details with the Eiffel Tower.

At the heart of the manually-wound Palace watch beats a one-minute flying tourbillon, placed at the 6 o’clock position, the balance operating at a frequency of 3Hz. Above it are skeletal hour and minute hands, and a sapphire crystal 60-minute counter for the chronograph. On either side of the flying tourbillon are two vertical tracks, the one in the right-hand corner charting its 72-hour power reserve, the other a linear GMT indicator.

Instead of a rotary dial, the Palace shows its second time zone through 12-hour indications on either side of the oval-shaped trace. Its form reminds the wearer of the legendary “Milwaukee Mile” racing circuit, which hosted its first automobile race in 1903, and witnessed battles between early motoring giants such as Ralph DePalma and Barney Oldfield.

The indicator arrow, mounted in a disc that mirrors that of the power reserve, makes two passes. When the disc reaches the end, it flies back to the top and the arrow rotates 180 degrees to chart the other scale. Adjustments to the GMT scale, in one hour increments, are made through the GMT advance button positioned between the lugs at 6 o’clock.

Proudly recalling Charlie Chaplin’s classic film, Modern Times, are the most striking visual clues to the maker’s homage to the Industrial Revolution: bridges and wheels visible through the back of the Palace, as well as the unique winding mechanism, prominent on the watch’s frontal aspect. The winder communicates its power to the barrel via an exquisitely-fashioned, microscopically tiny chain, designed.

Providing structure to the movement are plates which are ridged to suggest the reinforcement of a massive, cast-iron structure. The plates are separated and supported by ten minuscule pillars, visible through the arched glass windows in the case’s sides.

Other details – cast, machined, engraved – recall the cross-pieces found in both the bridges of the era and the form of the Eiffel Tower. Paris’ most iconic edifice also inspired the Palace’s side view: the arches look exactly like the Eiffel Tower’s base.

So complex and detail-rich is the Palace that each will be supplied with a loupe, to enable the owner to study it over the years.

Its many details and secrets will reveal themselves surreptitiously, the observer finding something new to admire every time it is examined. Such a wealth of function, form and detail demands a stately enclosure: at 38mm by 36mm the movement is larger than most complete watches, so the majestic case is a generous 48mm by 49mm providing the spaciousness a Palace deserves.

With the Palace, this maker redefines the form of the mono-pusher chronograph, augmented by the GMT function and flying tourbillon.

Technical details

Model: Jean Dunand Palace

Movement details
Calibre CLA 02CMP
Mono-pusher chronograph with manual winding,
Seconds indication, 60-minute counter.
One-minute flying Tourbillon.
Power reserve and GMT indicator for second time zone.
Sliding rod transmission via hollow cam.
Chain-drive for winding mechanism.
Dimensions: 38 x 36.4 mm.
Total height: 12.42 mm.
Number of parts: 703, including 53 jewels.

– One-minute flying Tourbillon.
– Flat balance-spring, frequency of 21,600 a/h.
– Balance with adjusting screws.
– Centre alignment of mainspring barrel for flying Tourbillon.

– Minutes and hours hands, Chronograph counter for 60 minutes.
– Power reserve and second time zone via linear displays.

– Chronograph pusher integrated with winding crown.
– Press button in the case band at 6 o’clock position to adjust the GMT.
– Winding System: Crown at 3 o’clock position, feeding the main spring via micro-chain.

Power Reserve
Approximately 72 hours.

Other details
Dimensions: 48.2 x 49.9 mm
Total height: 16.65 mm.
Caseband made of titanium, bezel-caseback-lugs fashioned in 18 carat 5N red gold or white gold.
Fitted with matching deployant clasp.
Two domed, non-reflecting sapphire crystals.
Two non-reflecting lateral windows in sapphire crystal.
Water-Resistance: 3 ATM (30 metres).
Hands: See-through “Glaive” style in 18k gold.