Official Timekeeper of Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN, Rebellion Timepieces, unveils two special series dedicated to Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu during the Monaco F1 Grand Prix. Each model, limited to 50 pieces, incorporates a part of the drivers’ car.
Purchasers will have the opportunity to visit the Sauber Motorsport HQ factory, as well as Rebellion Motors and Timepieces, and will be presented with their watches by the drivers themselves during an exclusive dinner.
The 79th Grand Prix organized on the legendary circuit in the heart of the principality will be the occasion for Rebellion Timepieces to unveil two exceptional watches, allegories of adrenaline, of the race, of daring exploits. Partner of the Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN since the beginning of the season, the Swiss luxury watch brand will present two limited editions in the colors of the team’s drivers, Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu.
On February 17, the quest for excellence brought together Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN and Rebellion Timepieces and shook up the established order on the Formula 1 circuit. Both have an uncompromising approach to quality. Both brands also embody Swiss precision, transforming human expertise into mechanical marvels that deliver extraordinary performance at the highest level – whether in the movements of a timepiece or during a race. Both also strive to challenge the status quo in their respective worlds.
This pairing with Swiss origins shares the DNA of the passion for motor racing. Since 2018, a partnership links Sauber and Alfa Romeo. Since 1993, Sauber Motorsport, created by the eponymous driver and team manager, has been associated with the history of Formula 1 with more than 350 Grand Prix.
For its part, Rebellion Timepieces is the only watch brand to have owned its own team competing in endurance championships for more than a decade. Rebellion Racing has distinguished itself at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in LMP1, the event’s premier class.
In their first season together in Formula 1, the two drivers of the Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN are showing their fighting spirit on the asphalt.
Valtteri Bottas began his F1 career in 2013 and the following year he claimed his first podiums. His exemplary consistency allowed him to finish seven times in the Top 5 of the final ranking in 10 years. Since the start of this year, he is at the wheel of the Alfa Romeo C42, number 77, his favorite number with which he has distinguished himself since 2014.
Zhou Guanyu is the first Chinese driver to take part in the Formula 1 championship, with the number 24 car. He has previously distinguished himself since his debut in 2015 in the feeder series leading to F1.
The pugnacious personality and strong character of the two champions inspired Rebellion Timepieces to develop two custom watches in their image. The RE-Volt Valtteri Bottas C42 and RE-Volt Zhou Guanyu C42, designed for and with them, give life to this desire.
These two creations, produced in a limited edition of only 50 pieces, push back aesthetic conventions. The sculptural case machined in colored carbon adopts the colors of the two drivers.
The Valtteri Bottas model is adorned with shades of white and gray, while the Zhou Guanyu model is highlighted with red. On the openwork dial, bridges and hands, touches of blue or the omnipresence of carmine evoke the respective flags of the racers. The tinted small seconds disc suggests the wheels of their racing car. As for the time information, it is driven with precision by the manual-winding Rebellion Timepieces caliber.
To underline the unique character of this limited production, the signature of Valtteri Bottas or Zhou Guanyu decorates the sapphire crystal. The back is also decorated with the logo of the Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN. The edition number, X/50, and the serial number are also present on the back of the case.
As with all of its timepieces, Rebellion Timepieces offers the opportunity to make the RE-Volt Valtteri Bottas C42 and RE-Volt Zhou Guanyu C42 your own with an extra touch of personalization. Each one can be adapted to the style of each individual thanks to a wide choice of strap colors and materials, in Napaskiak stamped with the Team logo and closed with a Velcro® buckle or in rubber finished with a folding clasp.
In order to share some of the thrill of competition, the drivers and Rebellion Timepieces wanted to incorporate a fragment of their Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN C42 into each timepiece.
Each watch features a piece from the single-seaters. A piece of the rear wing of the C42 driven by Valtteri Bottas will be worn by the 50 owners of the RE-Volt Valtteri Bottas C42. As for the Zhou Guanyu series, fragments of the sidepod of his car were taken and incorporated into the RE-Volt Zhou Guanyu C42.
Each piece of carbon taken has a visible identification number and is attached to a sideplate on the case body. A certificate of authenticity issued by Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN and Rebellion Timepieces attesting to the provenance of the piece is given to the purchaser. The plate also bears the name and number of the driver.
More than just a watch, Rebellion Timepieces and Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN are offering a unique and unforgettable experience to the buyers of the RE-Volt Valtteri Bottas C42 and RE-Volt Zhou Guanyu C42.
Each of them will be invited to a special event: a visit to the Rebellion Timepieces and Rebellion Motors workshops and to the Sauber Motorsport factory in Hinwil. The highlight of this VIP event will be the handover of the watches to their owners by Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu themselves.