Tuesday, June 24, 2014

De Bethune DB28 Digitale Watch

De Bethune DB28 Digitale Watch
For De Bethune, late eighteenth-century fine watchmaking is an inspiration from which the future can be drawn. The Manufacture delivers its highly contemporary vision of this period's aesthetic in the new DB28 Digitale, whose hand-guilloché dial is the backdrop for three types of display: spherical for moon phases, digital for jumping hours, and analogue for minutes on a rotating disc. Visual balance is achieved by the patented spherical moon in the centre of the dial. Its two polished hemispheres, one in palladium, the other in flame-blued steel, show the moon's phases with a precision of one lunar day every 1,112 years. The case, which is crafted from mirror-polished titanium, benefits from a patented system of spring-mounted floating lugs for millimetric adjustment to the wrist and its movements.

De Bethune DB28 Digitale Watch back

Movement
Mechanical hand-wound, DB 2144 calibre, finished and decorated by hand, 329 parts, 32 jewels, 28,800 vib/h, 5-day power reserve. Patents: self-regulating twin barrel, silicon/white gold balance wheel – balance-spring with flat end curve, triple pare-chute shock-absorbing system, silicon escape wheel, spherical moon-phase indication accurate to one lunar day every 1,112 years
Functions
Hours, minutes, moon phases
Case
Mirror-polished grade 5 titanium, 45 mm Crown at 12 o'clock Sapphire crystal front and back
Dial
Silvered, hand-guilloché barleycorn pattern Star-studded sky in polished blued titanium encrusted with white gold stars
Bracelet/strap
Alligator with buckle

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