The B.R.M. Birotor Caps Things Off

The B.R.M. Birotor Caps Things Off

The B.R.M. Birotor Caps Things Off   watch releases

Up until recently, I had not heard of the independent watch brand B.R.M. and their line up of racing-inspired watches - but I'm glad I stumbled across them. The model we'll focus on today is another entry into the trend of what I consider to be an industrial style.

Of course, you could quite easily argue that it's simply the automotive racing nature of things informing the style, and it's not something I'd put up a fight about. That said, I've been noticing (especially on the higher end models) that when you get to an open-worked watch, such as this one with plenty of open space, the case takes on a more industrial feel, as if to mimic the machinery in the movement.

The B.R.M. Birotor Caps Things Off   watch releases

This 40 x 48mm titanium case is no exception to that rule, with what are (I believe) functional hex head fasteners at the lugs, allowing for three positions of adjustment. Moving along to the crown, it looks like a pinion gear stacked on top of a "regular" gear. Then you have the cutouts on the side of the case (with sapphire crystal inserts, nonetheless), making it look like a lightened support structure you might see under a car - or in a building.

The case also has another trick up its sleeve - it's slightly curved, on both sides, and has matching curved sapphire crystals top and bottom. This means, as a whole, you can see just about every bit of the movement, whether or not it's on your wrist. And that movement is where things get even more interesting.

For starters, it's mounted on a suspension. Take a look at the four corners of the case, and note the carbon fiber brackets extending out. These are mounted, with cone-shaped springs, in such a way as to act as a shock absorber. Flip the watch over, and you see how it got its name - there are two rotors under the movement.

The B.R.M. Birotor Caps Things Off   watch releases

These weights on the rotor (the red dots) are made of tantalum and remind me quite a bit of the cap guns I'd run around with for several summers. No gunpowder here, but do not despair. I think the fact that you've got twin rotors on ceramic bearings, paired up via a differential, more than makes up for it.

Back up front, B.R.M. seems to have done a good job of keeping the dial readable. Yes, you can dive into looking at the details of the various moving parts of the in-house movement, but if you want to get a quick glance at the time, you can do so. This is due to the hands being presented in a darker tone than is present in the movement, as well as the red-filled circles on the hands (mimicking the rotors). In other words, the hands stand out when you need them to.

The B.R.M. Birotor Caps Things Off   watch releases

From my research, it looks like this one comes in at a price of around $55,000, which places it firmly in the realm of ultra-luxury - but I'm OK with that. This is another one of those watches that is just plain fun to look at and think about. It's no surprise that over 30 months of design and prototyping went into creating this model, given the complexities of the case and the dual-rotor movement. It's watches like these that keep things fresh, and prove that there is still innovation occurring, especially in the independent brands.  B.R.M.

 

9 comments
Lesthepom
Lesthepom

A cool looking watch looks like they have had a good rummage around in there box of macarno and built a watch some of the design features are a bit out there and I would say some other companies have had similar ideas and have shelved them when they worked out how much it would cost but BRM have just dun it and worked out the price later my sort of people some times it is not all about what it will cost its about pushing the boundaries thanks BRM for pushing them I am sure there will be plenty of people with $55K to spend that will snap them up sadly not me

Ryan B
Ryan B

A very cool automotive inspired watch. There's no mention of the hands having any lume which would have added to the whole auto/racing theme, like driving at night and the dashboard instruments illuminated.

Chileguy
Chileguy

Sorry that the B R M website is NOT iPad friendly!

Chileguy

hobycook
hobycook

"this one comes in at a price of around $55,000, which places it firmly in the realm of ultra-luxury - but I'm OK with that"

It's the "I'm OK with that" part that starts a whole headful of bees buzzing for me...

Panagiotis
Panagiotis

A budget Richard Mille then. For the price-conscious oligarch...

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

I like the case, buckle and lug design, machining marks aside - that isn't a $55,000 finish.  The twin rotor idea is cool too.  I also thought of cap guns when I saw it.  Can't say I love the red dot theme, sorry.

hobycook
hobycook

"box of macarno". Roger that, out.

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

I had a similar thought regarding the sticker price - although I will say that it;'s nice to see that BRM has started getting into movement manufacture - I believe this is thier first one. If so, then the price also likely reflects a lot of that initial R&D.

BRM certainly has thier own identity - it is a collection of different watches that have common traits, which is admirable. Polarizing, no doubt, but it my world that is the spice of life.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@Kris C Yeah, I'm glad they are out there too (even though I don't find their watches attractive). But the watch world is a richer eco-system for having BRM around.

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