Friday, April 12, 2013

De Bethune DB16 Régulateur Tourbillon Watch

De Bethune DB16 Régulateur Tourbillon
With the DB16, De Bethune celebrates classic Fine Watchmaking in a ballet of complications. The architecture of the DB2509 calibre is built around a silicon and titanium tourbillon beating at 36,000 vib/h, one of the fastest and lightest on the market. This movement also drives a power indicator, seconds, as well as a retrograde display of the age of the moon. Hidden on the back of the watch, this masterpiece will surprise connoisseurs looking for subtle details. The classically understated dial thus provides readings of the perpetual calendar and spherical moon-phase indications, sublimated by the Manufacture’s signature silver-toned guilloché motif. The steady, rhythmical beat of the jumping seconds embodies the very essence of the horological emotions procured by this stunning creation.

De Bethune DB16 Régulateur Tourbillon back



Movement
Mechanical hand-wound, DB 2509 calibre, silicon/titanium tourbillon, 499 parts, 45 jewels, 36,000 vib/h, 4-day power reserve; double self-regulating barrel, silicon/white gold balance, silicon escape-wheel, Côtes de Bethune decoration
Functions
Hours, minutes, jumping seconds, perpetual calendar, age and phases of the moon, power reserve and power indicator
Case
18k pink gold, 43 mm Transparent back with tourbillon, 30-second counter, retrograde age of the moon indication and power reserve
Dial
Silver-toned, radiating hand-guilloché motif Day, date and month windows at 9, 6 and 3 o’clock Star-studded sky in flame-blued steel inlaid with gold stars, with spherical moon-phase indicator in platinum and flame-blued steel at 12 o’clock
Bracelet/strap
Extra-supple black alligator with 18k pink gold buckle

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