Swiss luxury watch brand Rebellion Timepieces unveils their new model T-1000 Gotham, featuring the world’s largest power reserve; vertical roller-borne hour and minute indications; and muscular case in natural and blackened titanium.
With a mind-blowing power reserve of more than 1,000 hours, thanks to the six mainspring barrels, which endow the T-1000 Gotham with the world’s largest power reserve – this colossal energy is generated by an ingenious, over-sized winding lever cunningly integrated into the back of the robust case. The case, made from natural and/or blackened titanium, is tank-like in appearance. But this rugged, chiseled exterior belies the complexity of what’s housed within – intricate mechanics more evocative of a high-performance sports car than an armored vehicle.
In a patented system of energy distribution, the six barrels are wound in parallel by two finely-engineered chains, discharging in series (2 x 3) to optimize the torque and power to the regulator. The latter’s unconventional 39° inclined balance at 6 o’clock – which maximizes timekeeping precision by minimizing flat and vertical positions – can be seen oscillating through the sloping crystal at 6 o’clock.
The T-1000 Gotham’s incredible fuel storage capacity needs to be complemented by an equally impressive power generation system. And what a system it is. The over-sized winding lever enables approximately 10 times as much winding force to be applied than a normal winding mechanism.
Stealthily housed within the case back, the mask-shaped lever can be unclipped from between the lugs, then lifted up and out, above the Rebellion logo emblazoned on the case back. Now primed for action, the lever provides a unique kinesthetic pleasure for the owner for whom the terms ‘fuel pump’ and ‘filling up the tank’ will take on a whole new meaning.
The innovative lever is neatly harnessed on either side of the case to robust plates, which are fixed to the chassis via sturdy hex-head bolts. Concealed behind these plates are the six mainspring barrels, three either side. Rebellion’s automotive pedigree – the Rebellion Racing team won the 2012 FIA Endurance Trophy (LMP1 class) – is evidenced by the patented time-setting clutch activated by a push button in the virile, grooved crown that makes setting the time as easy as shifting gears.
The vertical, roller-borne hour and minute indications plus large portions of the eye-catching three-dimensional movement – available in a choice of black, gold, red, blue, purple – stand out in all their glory through the upper, anti-reflective sapphire crystal. This T-shaped crystal is surrounded by a solid grill panel fixed by screws featuring the brand’s signature Rebellion logo screw heads, as is a second geometrically-angled panel towards 6 o’clock that affords a superb view of the balance wheel beating away – as well as more of the movement – through another sapphire crystal that slopes neatly with the balance’s incline.
Completing the T-1000 Gotham is the black alligator leather strap and Rebellion buckle featuring patented folding clasp with micrometric push button regulation. The T-1000 Gotham is a limited edition of 25 pieces available in natural and/or blackened titanium with a choice of black, gold, red, blue or purple movement.
Material: available in titanium/titanium DLC
Dimensions: 52.2 mm x 47,9 mm x 18,2 mm
Glass: anti-reflective sapphire crystals
REB T-1000, manual winding with integrated winding
Color: Choice of black, gold, red, blue, purple
Jewels: 14 ceramic & 22 rubies
Balance: Double hairspring inclined at 39°
Winding system: Patented system of six mainsprings wound in parallel by two chains
Power reserve: 1,000+ hours provided by six (2 x 3) vertical mainspring barrels
Number of components: 693 for the chassis
Balance frequency: 18,000 bph (2.5 Hz)
Strap and buckle
Black alligator leather with double folding buckle