This exclusive edition of REBELLION 540 Magnum Tourbillon boasts an incredible rectangular watch case crafted out of sapphire. Incorporating the state of the art diamond grinding techniques, the independent Swiss watch brand has extracted the eight elements that make up the transparent case of the 540 Magnum Tourbillon from specially cut sapphire blocks.
It all began with a mad challenge uttered in a defiant and passionate tone of voice. Some master watchmakers are plainly and simply masochistic. When taking up the insurmountable challenge announced by REBELLION TIMEPIECES, David Candaux had no idea what to expect. The task facing him was to make a case of sapphire crystal imagined by the designer Eric Giroud, which would already be complex enough as it is when made of steel, gold, titanium, or carbon. Armed with all the confidence of a true pioneer, somewhere between unawareness of danger and the wish not to disappoint anyone, he produced something that qualifies as a world premiere.
In order to optimize the visual impact of this piece, which is destined to be visually undressed, the mainplate was made of carbon fiber. The high-tech materials used, like the special aluminum alloy, provide the mechanism with the necessary rigidity and lightness. They also offer some dark and racy views composed of subtle interplay of shadows and light. Synergies that are now exposed to the fullest extent, in mysterious watch style thanks to the total transparency of the sapphire crystal.
Features and functions
Openwork dial showcasing movement
14-day power reserve, conical gearing
Black-carbon Super-LumiNova tipped central hours and minutes
Black-carbon Super-LumiNova tipped skeletonized retrograde seconds hand at 6 o’clock
Chain-driven, arrowhead power reserve indicator at 9 o’clock
Roller-borne precision power reserve indicator at 7 o’clock
17.2mm 60-second tourbillon escapement at 4 o’clock, crenelated
Two relief-engraved mainspring barrels in series at 9 o’clock and 12 o’clock
Dial and hands
Open-work dial showcasing movement
Central skeletonized hour and minute hands
Double-braced ARCAP hour markers
Chain-driven, arrowhead power reserve indicator at 9 o’clock
Skeletonized titanium bridges
Proprietary movement developed for REBELLION Timepieces by David Candaux/Du Val Des Bois
Movement dimensions: 36.7mm x 36.7mm x 9mm
Materials include: titanium and carbon fiber
Tourbillon cage in special aluminum alloy
Tourbillon diameter: 17.2mm
Three-quarter back plate in carbon fiber
Two relief engraved mainspring barrels in series
Each barrel engraved with inspirational words
Barrel 1: “Passion” “Speed” “Rebel”
Barrel 2: “Extreme” “Victory” “Glory”
10-day regulating power reserve
Power reserve mechanism features high-efficiency conical gearing
Power reserve chain visible through case band window
Double-braced titanium bridges
Movement back engraved with “REBELLION 540 Magnum”; “38 Jewels”; “REB T14”; “D Candaux”;“Swiss”
Case and strap
Case material: sapphire crystal
Sapphire crystals: Compound curves, beveled edges, anti-reflection treatment on both faces; case band window; display back
Dimensions: 46mm x 56.7mm x 19.6mm
Water resistance: 30m
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