De Bethune : Bridging styles

A symbol of both classicism and watchmaking modernism, De Bethune is a metaphorical bridge spanning the various regions of the mechanical sphere. This multifaceted expertise is expressed through the most aesthetically and technically accomplished timepieces. While the DB25 collection is undoubtedly the most classic and the famous multi award-winning DB28 is the most modern, both feature a clever blend of both styles. De Bethune has indeed created its own inimitable style and has taken only about a decade to do so. So much so that although the brand name does not even appear on a significant part of the dials, the watch is nonetheless immediately identifiable. Naturally, the patented floating titanium lugs of the DB27 and DB28 which delicately encircle the wrist do indeed facilitate recognition as well as enhancing wearer comfort. All this is indeed part of the inimitable style of De Bethune, which already has 9 patents, 15 calibres and 17 world firsts to its credit. All are  born within a Manufacture reflecting the brand image : modest in terms of size and exceptional in terms of content. This brilliantly distilled technology inseparably bound up with De Bethune is constantly accompanied by a sense of poetry. This other form of communion between two apparently contradictory styles – poetry and high technology – also symbolises the philosophy and the success of this fervent partisan of fundamental research. The famous spherical moon illustrates this intimate partnership, as does the Dream Watch extreme collection and the splendid recently introduced Skybridge. Long may it continue !



DB16 Tourbillon Regulator
Limited 2013 production of 5 – Calibre DB 2509 – Mechanical hand-wound movement – Hours, minutes, seconds – 30’ indicator  – 4-day power reserve – Perpetual calendar with date at 6 o’clock, days at 9 o’clock and months at 3 o’clock – De Bethune spherical moon-phase and leap-year indicator subdial at 12 o’clock – Ultra-light De Bethune 30’’ silicon/titanium Tourbillon 36,000vph Central deadbeat seconds  – Age of the Moon – Power indication – 43 mm rose gold case with integrated cone-shaped lugs – Silver-toned hand-guilloché dial – Hand-polished flame-blued steel hands – Extra-supple alligator leather strap with pin buckle



DB28 SkyBridge
Calibre DB 2105 – Mechanical hand-wound movement – Hours, minutes – 6-day power reserve – De Bethune spherical moon-phase at 6 o’clock – 42.60 mm mirror-polished titanium case – Titanium floating lugs – Blued titanium dial set with white gold stars and diamonds – Mirror-polished steel spherical hour-marker – Sandblasted and engraved silver minutes ring – Flame-blued and hand-polished stainless steel hands – Extra-supple alligator leather strap with pin buckle



DB27 Titan Hawk Black
Calibre S233 – mechanical self-winding movement – Hours – minutes – date – 6-day power reserve – 42.60 mm mirror-polished titanium case – Titanium floating lugs; available in short size only – Black microlight dial centre surrounded by a chapter ring bearing Roman numerals and a minutes circle with Arabic numerals – Hand-polished stainless steel hands – Extra-supple alligator leather strap with pin buckle

Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.

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