Now for something unusual, as far as luxury watchmaking is concerned. It’s called the Weap-One and it is the creation of independent watchmaker Rebellion.
Based out of Lonay on the banks of Lake Geneva, Rebellion is no stranger to pushing the limits of fine watchmaking. No surprises there, given the brand’s close association with the super competitive Rebellion Racing outfit.
As a result, the brand’s timepieces are anything but traditional. I would even classify some of them as extreme. The new Weap-One keeps up with that trend.
- Rebellion Weap One
Its unique design is apparently inspired by race car suspensions, and it boasts an exclusive manufacture movement developed in collaboration with Concepto and designed by Fabrice Gonet and Olivier Leu.
Made of no less than 529 components, the mechanical piece of art sports an asymmetrical 60-second asymmetrical flying tourbillon with 67 jewels and delivers up to 50 hours of power reserve.
The tourbillon is suspended between two rollers that indicate the time: the hour is displayed on the left and the minutes on the right.
Another innovation is that the titanium chassis of the timekeeper can be separated from the movement tube – which measures 40mm by 25mm - so that it can be used as a miniature table clock. The brand also plans to release a series of accessories to multiply the uses of this timepiece, so that it can become a desktop clock, a car clock, or even a pocket watch.
The Weap-One is definitely a head-turning piece that pushes the boundaries of how luxury timekeepers should look. Having said that, for such an impressive piece of mechanical engineering, the name “Weap-One” is not very inspiring.
My other concern is that perhaps the brand is trying to pull off too much at once with this limited edition release. Is it a watch, a pocket watch, a mini-table clock? Yes, we want versatility and to get a bang for our buck, but sometimes doing just one thing well is all that counts.