De Bethune DB28 Blue Tourbillon Meteorite
March 9, 2017
Swiss watchmaker, De Bethune, has created a one-off unique piece based on their DB28 Tourbillon, with stunning meteorite dial.
The star-studded sky motif dial is crafted in blued hand-polished iron meteorite with white gold stars. The hour ring is in grade 5 polished and blued titanium with indexes in contrasting 5N pink gold, and with a minutes ring in grade 5 satin-polished and blued titanium.
The hour and minute hands are in hand-polished rose gold 5N. And a De Bethune 30-second ultra-light tourbillon, made of silicon and titanium sits at 6 o’clock.
The case measures 42.60 mm x 9.70 mm and is in blued and hand-polished grade 5 titanium. It features De Bethune’s signature (patented) long floating lugs in grade 5 polished and blued titanium.
A screwed caseback in polished pink 5N gold with sapphire crystal offers a view of the backside of the movement, including the linear power reserve indicator which is in 5N pink gold.
Powering the watch is hand wound caliber DB2019v3 which has 276 components, 39 jewels and measures 30 mm in diameter. The movement runs at 5Hz (36,000 vph) and has a 5 days power reserve thanks to a self-regulating twin barrel (patent 2004). Other unique technical features include a “De Bethune” balance-spring with a flat terminal curve (patent 2006), silicon escape wheel, and the aforementioned ultra-light 30 second De Bethune Tourbillon in silicon and titanium (patent 2008).
Decoration on the power reserve indicator is in grade 5 titanium “De Bethune” concentric graining and blued by hand Steel parts beveled and flame-blued by hand.
The timepiece is of one-of-a-kind and comes with a buckle in grade 5 mirror-polished and blued titanium and an ardillon in 5N pink gold. (Ref. DB28TBM)