Rebellion REB-7 Manufacture Regulateur Blue

One of my own personal favourite discoveries this year has been the Rebellion watch company, a young watchmakers based in Lonay on the shores of Lake Geneva. Rebellion have entered the fiercely competitive high-end watch market but their watches are, to say the very least, distinctive and stand-out pieces and as with their . Recently launched, the new Rebellion REB-7 Manufacture Regulateur Bleu is no variation from that rule - it's a huge 46mm x 56.7mm and 19mm in height and is manufactures in a hefty stainless steel (or red gold) sandwich modular composition case on a natural rubber strap with folding clasp.

The REB-7 is a regulateur and showcases the company's capacity for designing and creating in-house their own haute horology movements. I do like the regulateur anyway, but with the use of oxidised blue steel hands and indices, set against the galvanic black gold detail of the date ring and indeed the actual plates of the movement which can be seen through the skeletonised dial, this piece really has a funky cool presence.

I like the detail such as the signature screw fasteners and the beveled sapphire crystal, which as can be seen from the enlarged image above, distorts the view of the dial when looked at from the 12 or 6 o'clock positions. I also love how they get across their brand image with the logo incorporated as the overhang on the seconds hand.

Technical spec courtesy of Rebellion Timepieces.

CASE: Modular sandwich construction

Materials available in red gold and stainless steel

Sapphire crystals compound curves, bevelled edges, anti-reflection coating both faces, display back

Dimensions 46 mm x 56.7 mm x 19.6 mm

Number of components 45

Water resistance 100 m

MOVEMENT: REB-7, automatic winding regulator manufacture movement

Power reserve 42 hours

Balance frequency 28’800 A/h (4Hz)

Number of jewels 23

Dimensions diameter 30 mm x 6 mm

Finishing galvanic black gold plates, back gold date ring, gold plated wheels

Movements verified by in-house state-of-the-art testing laboratory

Natural rubber straps with double folding buckle matching case metal