Rebellion – REB-5 Tourbillon Manufacture (GTE 2011)

With the REB-5, Rebellion Timepieces hauls that most noble and regal of horological mechanisms, the tourbillon, from its 18th century roots at kicking and screaming at high speed into the 21st century! Rebellion have now taken the tourbillon and made it their own! In making a complete revolution every 60 seconds, Rebellion’s one-minute tourbillon ensures high precision timekeeping and much more.
 
 Abraham-Louis Breguet, the world’s greatest-ever watchmaker, invented the tourbillon over 200 years ago, to improve timekeeping by countering the effects of gravity on the oscillator. But rotating a tourbillon cage each and every minute consumes considerable energy. It explains why the majority of tourbillons suffers a relatively short power reserve. Rebellion’s REB-5, however, stands out from the crowd, both technically and aesthetically, by using twin mainspring barrels to provide a massive seven days of power! It is an achievement perhaps less surprising to the “Connaisseurs”, upon discovering that the movement was developed specifically for Rebellion by renowned Swiss master watchmaker, Laurent Besse.

Rebellion’s technically-exacting and innovative offering in a line of tourbillons going back two centuries as the presentation of a movement holistic with its bold case and dial architecture – a feat that attracts and excites the eye. In essence, the REB-5 has no dial: the top of the beautifully-finished open movement is the dial, enabling full visual access to the intricate working of the micro-mechanics usually hidden from view.

Turn the over-size crown and you can see the twin mainspring barrels winding, while a window on the side of the case ensures that the pulsing heart of the watch, the animated tourbillon and oscillator, can be appreciated in all their glory. Turning the watch over reveals a back as fascinating as the front, with the tourbillon, the two mainspring barrels, the wheel train and even the winding and time-setting mechanisms all completely open to view.

As with all of Rebellion’s timepieces, it is the attention to every detail that sets the brand apart: screw heads in the form of the brand’s helical logo, mainspring barrels engineered and even drilled to resemble the brake disks and wheels of a sports car – even the hands are open-cut so that no mesmerizing feature is hidden from sight.

The REB-5 is available in an extremely exclusive, limited edition of only 12 pieces per year.

Movement – REB-5, manual winding with tourbillon. Tourbillon one-minute rotation. Power reserve – 7 days from two mainspring barrels. Balance frequency 21’600 A/h (3Hz). Number of jewels 23. Dimensions – 38.25 mm x 36.7 mm. Diameter – 30 mm x 6 mm . Finishing galvanic black gold plates, gold plated wheels, blued and black gold screws, wolf-teeth barrels. Movements verified by in-house state-of-the-art testing laboratory.

Case – Modular construction. Materials -Available in red gold, black titanium DLC and titanium. Sapphire crystals compound curves, bevelled edges, anti-reflection coating both faces, side of case, display back. Dimensions – 46 mm x 56,7 mm x 19,6 mm.

Water resistance – 50 m for gold models. 100 m for titanium models.

Straps – Natural rubber straps with double folding buckle matching case metal.

Source: Rebellion

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