An entire watch made from sapphire?

The reason the Bell & Ross BR-X1 Skeleton Tourbillion Sapphire Watch looks so spectacular is because rather than opting for the regular stainless steel body with sapphire crystal glass on the front, the watch itself comes made entirely machined from sapphire crystal.

It therefore not only looks incredible with its skeletal, bare-basics look, tilt it just a bit and the sapphire crystal’s refractive index creates a beautiful diamond-like glimmer around the edges.

Painstakingly machined from a solid billet of sapphire (which is a task in itself since sapphire is so brittle), the BR-X1’s entire body is transparent, exposing the BR-CAL.288 hand-wound skeleton tourbillon movement on the inside. The mechanism drives the two hands located at the 12 o’clock position, balanced by the beautiful flying tourbillion complication at the 6 o’clock position. The entire body, given its crystal construction, is made to be anti-reflective, so not only can you read the time easily, you can admire your watch just as easily too! That’s if you’re one of the 8 people who got their hands on this extremely limited edition piece.

Designer: Bell & Ross