Over the years De Bethune has created a quite a number of out-of-this-world timepieces. Their latest, the De Bethune DB25L Milky Way affirms that fascination by bringing the entire celestial world to someone’s worthy wrist. I am a big fan of timepieces and other objects with heavenly decorations and that include this piece. In luxury watchmaking industry, De Bethune is a young company, which had its start in 2002. Since then the independent brand has unveiled a number of pieces based on night skies. And we are fascinated by their unique creations.
The DB25L Milky Way is made from a combination of materials and elements – gold, titanium, glass and fire. The unique Milky Way dial effect is the result of a flame-blued titanium disc hand decorated with small white gold spheres to represent the stars and then sprinkled with a thin layer of 24 karat gold flakes. At 12 o’clock is a three-dimensional blued steel and platinum crafted moon-phase indicator – it is so precise, it needs adjusting only once in every 122 years. Completing the dial is white gold hour markers and hands in polished rose gold.
The 44.6 mm diameter platinum made case with hollowed lugs feature a bezel decorated with 66 baguette-cut white diamonds. Both the front and the back are covered in sapphire crystal with a double anti-reflective coating. At 11.3 mm thickness, the case has plenty room to house the in-house made caliber DB2105v2, hand-wound movement. Among others, the movement offers six days of power reserve and 28,800 vph. The movement features De Bethune’s signature white gold and silicon made balance wheel and their equally famous delta-shaped bridge and base plate with a mirror-polished finish. Movement’s workings are visible via the casebook.
The miniature cosmos timepiece comes with an extra-supple alligator strap with a platinum ardillon buckle. And finally the pricing – the De Bethune DB25L Milky Way will set you back by CHF 225,000 (about $224,500).
Source: De Bethune