DB27 Titan Hawk
Case: mirror-polished grade 5 titanium, crown at 12 o’clock, solid black with opening revealing the balance wheel, patented floating lugs Diameter: 43 mm Movement: mechanical self-winding (Calibre S233, 6-day power reserve), 3 patents: self-regulating twin barrel; silicon/white gold balance-wheel; triple pare-chute shock-absorbing system, mainplate hand-decorated and snailed, hand-chamfered and polished steel parts Functions: hours, minutes, date Strap: extra-supple alligator leather with pin buckle Water resistance: 30m
The only manufacturer to have acquired such supreme mastery of mirror polishing on a grade 5 titanium case, De Bethune confronts wearers of this mechanical gem with a very real dilemma, since this subtle aesthetic feature is also applied to the solid back of the DB27, bearing a sculpted almond shape opening onto the balance wheel of the self-winding Calibre S233. This elegant and original overall effect evokes a work of modern art and vies with the fascination of the front of the timepiece. The play of superimposed geometrical shapes on the concentric silver-toned Microlight dial cannot fail to appeal, while the distinctive shapes of the blued steel hands draw the gaze as they sweep over the series of numerals : Roman for the chapter ring, and Arabic for the minute circle and the central calendar display. The crown at 12 o’clock sets the finishing touch to the inimitable and truly remarkable DB27, a sporty, high-tech model designed both for demanding connoisseurs and for a young generation of wearers eager to adopt the De Bethune genetic imprint. It also reflects the influence of Pierre Jaques, who was appointed as CEO last year by the brand founders, David Zanetta and Denis Flageollet. From now on, we’d better be prepared for De Bethune to the power of three.