The exclusive technique, named the mystery setting, devised by Van Cleef & Arpels and intended for setting precious stones without any claws left for viewing, was successfully applied in Rebellion's new REB-5 Tourbillon Full Diamond watch. The underlying metal is completely invisible and we can admire just the “free” dazzling jewels.
To use this unique technique, the case of the REB-5 Tourbillon timepiece had to be redesigned to enable totally invisible mounting of the jewels. The latter are distinguished by the supreme exactitude of the cut and setting with minimum tolerance levels used. In order to make all traces of the precious stones setting completely disappear from view, the specialists in this field worked under microscopes.
Creating the REB-5 Tourbillon watch with jewels mounted completely invisibly is a collaboration project between Rebellion and the setting workshop Bunter SA.
Rebellion and Bunter cooperated with the major craftsmen and specialists, who devised the most advanced technology to turn this fantasy into a mysterious reality. The settings are magically dropped out of sight, leaving no signs of any attachment details used.
The Full Diamond represents a perfect alliance between the jewelry and horology: a tourbillon movement and baguette diamonds. The white gold case is paved with 307 diamonds (24.05ct) and the crown demonstrates another 12 diamonds (1.02ct). All diamonds are notable for their Top Wesselton quality and IF to VVS clarity. The jewels are unique in their shapes, created according to the specific position of every item.
All manufacturing processes, including design, research and development, programming of both the machines and tools, cutting of the diamonds, visual inspection of each part, setting, assembly, as well as adjustment took an overall time of about 1,000 man hours.
The REB-5 Tourbillon watch is animated by a mechanical tourbillion movement, featuring an exceptional power reserve of 7 days.
The Full Diamond watch reveals sparkling of the perfect diamonds and is fully consistent with the original idea and aesthetics of the REB-5 Tourbillon watch.
The REB-5 Tourbillon Full Diamond watch was a dream that came true due to its creators’ talent and craftsmanship. Currently, it is a unique piece.