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Rebellion Timepieces has unveiled two limited edition watches dedicated to the two drivers of the Alfa Romeo Formula 1 team, for which it is official timekeeper.
There was little sign in last year’s Formula 1 season that the Alfa Romeo team would be challenging for podium places, but former Mercedes driver Valterri Bottas, who joined Alfa Romeo this year, has consistently mixed it up with leading drivers, including his former team mate Lewis Hamilton.
Mr Bottas is currently 8th in the championship standings, while his team mate Guanyu Zhou is 18th in his rookie year.
Team Alfa Romeo’s success is a bonus to Rebellion Timepieces, which launched its driver-inspired watches at the Monaco Grand Prix weekend.
Only 50 of each watch are being made, and customers who buy one will be given the opportunity to visit the Sauber Motorsport HQ factory and to be presented with their timepieces by the Formula 1 drivers at an exclusive dinner.
The watches — the RE-Volt Valtteri Bottas C42 and the RE-Volt Zhou Guanyu C42 — are heavily influenced in their design by the Alfa Romeo drivers.
Both come in sculptural carbon cases in colours associated with the drivers. The Valtteri Bottas model is adorned with shades of white and gray, while the Zhou Guanyu model is highlighted with red.
They incorporate a fragment of an Alfa Romeo F1 car in each timepiece.
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 side pod of his car were taken and incorporated into the RE-Volt Zhou Guanyu C42.
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.
The signatures of Valtteri Bottas or Zhou Guanyu decorate the sapphire crystal case back.