Monday, December 23, 2013

Rebellion 540 Magnum Tourbillon watch

As the year draws to a close, and with me busy on all fronts, entertaining a bad back (and a daily visit to the physiologist), family members coming over for the holiday seasons, my new venture and a host of other family related things, I have decided to focus on watches released during the year that I did not manage to write about. So the posts from today till the end of the year will basically focus on watches and lesser on my adventures. :)

The Rebellion 540 Magnum Tourbillon watch. Now that was a mouthful. The watch is made by Rebellion Timepieces. The 540 Magnum is an automotive inspired watch as Rebellion actually owns a racing team. The racing team is a winning team winning both the 2012 and 2013 FIA LMP1 World Endurance Trophies. They also won the 2012 and 2013 Petite Le Mans ALMS race in Atlanta, winner of the 2011 Le Mans Series LMP1 Team Championship and winner of the 2011 Le Mans Series LMP1 Manufacture Championship. 

With all the winning ways, the 540 Magnum Tourbillon is also set to be a winner as the experience and technology gained in racing is infused into the watch. The watch is a collection of exotic materials, magnesium, aluminium, titanium and carbon fiber. And these material is not only used in the case, but extends to the movement. 

The proprietary REB T-14 movement's main plate is aluminium and the 3/4 back plate is carbon fiber.  The large diameter tourbillon cage is ceremicized-magnesium and the bridges and gear train are made of double braced titanium. How cool is that. 

The movement itself is interesting as it features a 14-day power reserve, with the power coming from two mainspring barrels regulated by a 60-second tourbillon. The tourbillon cage sits on the lower right corner of the movement or watch and the power reserve indicators are on the left. Interesting to note that there are two power reserve indicator, one a roller-borne precision indicator at 7 o'clock and a chain-driven arrow head indicator at 9. Why two? Your guess is as good as mine.

The movement is encased in a modular constructed carbon fiber case and the watch has an open heart look to it. The hour and minute hands are skeletonized, going with the open heart design of the watch. The watch is completed by a race-ready natural rubber strap and bespoke double folding buckle.

The watch. 

The side.

The case back. 

Photographs: Rebellion Timepieces

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