Only Watch 2017: Bell & Ross BR-X1 R.S.17 Skeleton Chronograph


You’ll be seeing a number of Only Watch entries over the next week or so. There are 49 watches being put up for auction this year in support of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. This year the auction is being held in Geneva, Switzerland. Bell & Ross has chosen as its entry a unique watch adapted from its Renault Sport Formula One Team collection, of which B&R is the official watchmaking partner.

The exclusive piece is the BR-X1 RS17 Only Watch, an exceptional model that draws its inspiration from the latest technological advances and the most innovative materials found in the sport. It’s a direction not previously anticipated by the brand, which normally specializes in military and pilot’s watches.

The watch is a skeletonized automatic chronograph, using high-tech materials throughout. The watch features a matte black case, with screws on each corner and is manufactured in ceramic (lightweight, resistant, scratch-proof), with two rectangular rocker pushers on the right side, both in yellow. The inner and outer bezel, 30-minute timer and second hand are also in yellow, while the date is ringed in red. Water resistant to 100 meters, the watch comes on an rubber and carbon fiber strap.

The auction takes place on November 11th, in the same month, Bell & Ross will be giving watch fans a chance to step behind the scenes of the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix at the end of November. Further details to follow on that.


Movement: caliber BR-CAL.313. Automatic mechanical.

‘X’-shaped upper bridge. 56 jewels, 28,800 vph. Skeleton chronograph.

Crystal: sapphire with anti-reflective coating.

Functions: 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.

Water-resistance: 100 meters.

Case: 45 mm in diameter. Carbone Forgé® and ceramic with rubber inserts.

Rocker push-buttons. Case-back with opening in tinted sapphire crystal, centered

on the balance.

Strap: bi-material: rubber and carbon fiber.

Dial: grey-tinted sapphire crystal. Metal applique Superluminova®-filled

numerals. Metal skeletonized Superluminova®-filled hour and minute hands.

Buckle: pin. Black PVD* steel finish and rubber insert.

Auction estimate: $23,000 to $29,000

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