The Bell & Ross BR-X5 Boasts A New, High-End Kenissi Watch Movement

Available in stainless steel and carbon fiber, the rugged Bell & Ross timepiece features an exclusive manufacturer’s movement.

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When faced with the challenge of upgarding one of the most dependable, rugged-yet-stylish timepiece lines on the market, the solution involves looking inward. Such is the case with the Bell & Ross BR-X5, which bolsters its inner workings with a manufacturer movement for the first time.

At the heart of the new timepiece — available in sleek stainless steel and ultra-lightweight carbon fiber designs — is the BR‐CAL.323 movement from Swiss manufacturer Kenissi.

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The exclusive movement features a 70-plus-hour power reserve and switches things up from the Swiss Sellita watch movement found in the BR-O5, amping up the power reserve from 40 hours while hitting COSC marks for precision.

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Famed for its hexagonal cases and sturdy construction, the two new offerings maintain characteristic hallmarks of other Bell & Ross releases, like this spring’s Bell & Ross V2-92 (note the similar use of bold hits of orange in that launch).

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The indented dial design is visually striking, as is the three-numeral date window, and the power reserve itself can be tracked via an eye-catching sub-dial on the left side.

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Bell & Ross also managed to deliver a more bold yet clean dial design, forgoing numerals for sleek line markings.

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The sapphire exhibition caseback offers a tantalizing glimpse at the manufacturer movement, while watch enthusiasts and Bell & Ross fans will have a tough time resisting the appeal of the BR-X5, price-wise.

Rubber strap options (built with an easily wearable black rubber strap) clock in at under $7,000 ($6,900, to be precise), while the Carbon Orange model will set you back about $11,800.