Rebellion 540 Magnum Tourbillon, Endurance Champ


The latest timepiece from Rebellion, the 540 Magnum Tourbillon, reflects the company’s involvement in the world of endurance racing, through their Rebellion Racing team. Endurance is also one of the key words to describe the new watch, which sports a movement that has a power reserve of 14 days. Of course, this isn’t the only impressive feature – we’ve got a plethora of extraordinary high-tech goodies, with materials such as carbon fiber, magnesium and titanium. All this is rounded up with a decidedly sporty and masculine design that leaves quite a strong impression. This is a limited edition collection, comprising just 10 pieces.

Indeed, everywhere you look, you’ll find something that will grab your attention. That’s especially true for the open-work dial, just bursting with details. There we can see the two relief engraved mainspring barrels, connected in series, and visually enhanced with words “Passion”, “Speed”, “Rebel”, “Extreme”, “Victory” and “Glory”. The barrels are supported with titanium bridges, and they are regulated with the 60-second tourbillon escapement, which has a large, crenellated cage made of ceramicized magnesium.

Sporty carbon fiber case with a whole lot of awesome inside

Next, we have not one, but two power reserve indicators. First, at 9 o’clock position, we can see the red triangle-shaped indicator mounted on a chain, while next to it, at 7 o’clock, there is a roller which indicates how many of the 14 days of power reserve are left. This is complemented with skeletonized black carbon hour and minute hands featuring Super LumiNova tips. Also, we can spot the double-braced ARCAP hour markers, placed along the outer part of the dial, which nicely completes this complex dial.

All this neat technology is housed in a carbon fiber case measuring 46mm x 56.7mm. The carbon fiber makes the case very lightweight, but not at the expense of rigidity, just like a racing car. The case itself was designed by Eric Giroud, famous horological designer. Both on the front and the back, there are sapphire crystals with antireflective treatments. As for the water resistance, the watch can withstand pressures up to a depth of 30 meters.

Transparent case-back

If you’re wondering what the “540” in the name of the watch stands for, it’s a reference to the circumference of the magnesium tourbillon – 540 tenths of a millimeter, or simply, 54 mm. The movement itself, the REB T-14, is a creation of the Swiss movement constructor David Candaux, who had actually spent some time with the Rebellion Racing team, in order to get a better grasp at what the movement really needed in terms of materials, endurance, as well as design. One of the notable components is certainly the mainplate, which was made of aluminum, complemented with the ¾ back plate in carbon fiber.

Finally, completing the watch, we have an equally sporty strap – a natural black rubber strap, which makes a perfect match for the character of this timepiece, both with its aesthetics and its toughness. This is all complemented with a double folding buckle, which was actually custom-made for this watch.

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