No... I mean that I want to have the option to 'lock' the object so that it may be rotated only through a given axis (x, z or y). This presupposes, of course, having a reference axis' indicator in the viewport (something that now does not exist at all). It is something that all modelling apps have in fact. It is something necessary for having a sense of orientation inside the working space.
In almost all modelling apps the user understands the orientation mainly from the existence of the 'floor' grid (plus a three colored axis indicator, usually). In this case the floor grid may be of optional scale and appearance (the axis indicator optional only as to its appearance or not in the viewport). But its existence is necessary because of the need of having, as forementioned, the sense of orientation.