Friday, September 7, 2012

De Bethune DB28 “Aiguille d’Or” Watch

DE BETHUNE DB28 “Aiguille d’Or” front
DE BETHUNE DB28 “Aiguille d’Or” back

In November 2011, the DB28 model by De Bethune was awarded the Aiguille d’Or (Golden Hand), the supreme distinction in the Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix. The manufacturer is now revisiting its award-winning creation by issuing it in a 50-piece limited edition. The characteristic aesthetic of the DB28 “Aiguille d’Or” is enriched with a pink gold baguette set into the minutes hand. The specific pocket watch-inspired shape of the titanium case, accentuated by the spherical moon and the silicon/palladium balance, features an exhibition back revealing a finely decorated movement. This exceptional timepiece radiates a pure, understated style based on taut lines, delicate hand-crafted finishes and a slender case, skilfully associated with technical innovations to provide a contemporary expression of the watchmaking art according to De Bethune.

Movement
Hand-wound, DB 2115 calibre with two barrels, 29 jewels, 28,800 vib/h, 6-day power reserve; plate decorated and snailed by hand, Côtes De Bethune motif
Functions
Hours, minutes, spherical moon phases, power-reserve and performance indicators
Case
Grade 5 titanium, 42.6 mm
Floating lugs in mirror-polished titanium
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal on both sides, front and back
Screw-lock crown at 12 o’clock
Horizontal power-reserve indicator on the back with an 18K gold hand
Dial
Performance indicator at 3 o’clock
Spherical moon phases at 6 o’clock
Bracelet/Strap
Extra-supple black alligator with grade 5 titanium buckle

De Bethune Press