"One of the horological highlights of Baselworld has to be the incredible rebellion T-1000 featuring 1000 hour power reserve, 6 mainspring barrels, two tiny chains, a double hairspring, titanium case and aluminum chassis."
Special thanks to Ian Skellern of UNDERTHEDIAL for his images and descriptions.
On both sides of the T-1000 movement, a tiny chain distributes power between 3 barrels.
With a mind-blowing power reserve of more than 1,000 hours - that's more than 40 days - the T-1OOO doesn't simply push back the boundaries of the possible, it destroys them and creates its own reality.
Baselworld, March 2010 – After the successful presentation in January of The Predator, their first watch with a round case, Rebellion launched themselves into the creation of a never-before-realized challenge: creating a watch with a power reserve of more than 1,000 hours!
The T-1OOO – birth of a challenge
It was in June 2008, after the famous 24 hours of Le Mans car race, in an atmosphere rich with the smell of motor oil and hot engines, that the team at Rebellion thought, "If we can transform these fine-tuned racing thoroughbreds into 24-hour long distance endurance racers, why not do the same with a watch? Why not see just how long the power reserve could be?"
Sporting a body of pure design
The body of the T-1OOO was designed in a collaboration of Eric Giroud and Rebellion. The case was developed concurrently with the movement to ensure completely harmonious integration. There is a sensation of flying as the viewer gazes down through the massive opening to the vertical roller-borne time indications below. Attention then plunges towards 6 o'clock, where the inclined double balance releases the immense power at a precisely controlled rate. A window in the side of the case reveals one of the mainspring barrels, with markers providing a natural "Fuel Gauge" of the state of the power reserve.
Controlling the power
Housed three on each side of the body are the six mainspring barrels providing T-1OOO with its colossal energy reserve. The over-sized winding lever endows the T-1OOO with a strong and virile identity as well as an ergonomically tactile pleasure while "filling the tank". The streamlined downward taper of the case from the centre to 6 o'clock furnishes further evidence of Rebellion's car racing pedigree. A pedigree reinforced by the fact that a patented time-setting clutch activated by a push button in the crown makes setting the time as simple (and as pleasurable) as changing gears. The three rounded structures each side of the case provide a hint to the complex engineering within, while the innovative architecture of the majestic case is in perfect tune with the demand for exceptional contemporary horology.
A true racing machine
The power reserve of more than 1,000 hours is possible thanks to the six mainspring barrels that provide the T-1OOO with its exceptional capacity. In a patented system of energy distribution, six barrels are wound in parallel via a central prop shaft driving two chains, but they discharge in series (2 x 3) to optimize a regular power supply to the regulator. The technical ability behind the realization of this elegant technical solution came directly from Rebellion's long experience in endurance car racing and the Rebellion Racing team.
T-1OOO - TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
- Limited edition: 100 pieces
- Calibre: REB T-1000, manual winding with integrated winding lever
- Jewels: 14 ceramic & 22 rubies
- Balance: double hairspring inclined at 39°
- Winding system: Patented system of six mainsprings wound in parallel by chain and prop shaft.
- The barrels discharge power in series to provide an optimal torque curve.
- Indications: hours and minutes displayed on rollers
- 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 (2.5Hz)
- Material: case in titanium and chassis in aluminium
- Dimensions: 46,7 mm X 46,9 mm / 19,5 mm
- Crown: time-setting mechanism using patented push-button clutch system
- Water resistance: 50 metres
- Strap: black alligator leather
- Buckle: patented folding clasp with micrometric push button regulation allowing easy adjustment of length on the wrist.
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