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A contemporary expression of traditional mechanical horology
The noble traditions of mechanical watchmaking are subtly celebrated and reinterpreted in a contemporary masterpiece imbued with a blend of ancestral know-how and the latest technical and scientific breakthroughs. The DB28 ST is nurtured by a horological culture and philosophy that its creators David Zanetta and Denis Flageollet share and perpetuate in a resolutely avant-garde manner at De Bethune.
The research conducted on the miniaturisation of the grand regulator timepieces that were admired and collected by one of the company founders and lovingly restored by the other, testifies to their desire to bring the horological quintessence of these historical works to the wrist.
Each aesthetic detail – from the choice of materials to the curves, the volumes, the shape of the hands, and of course the finishes – has its own specific reason for being. None are there by chance, and each contributes to a subtle equilibrium dedicated to purity, aesthetic restraint and readability.
The soft gleam of the platinum bezel effects the transition from the cool shade of the titanium case to the warmth of the sterling silver chapter ring.
The layered dial structure is built around suspension bridges featuring fine lines and multiple decorations serving to elevate the central mechanism as well as enhancing its functionality.
The silicon/titanium De Bethune tourbillon, the lightest and fastest on the market, combined with the jumping seconds mechanism, are proudly displayed at the heart of this model, endowing it with peerless technical and aesthetic splendour.
Excess is the avowed enemy of beauty, and De Bethune provides a resolutely 21st century expression of the grandeur of mechanical watchmaking through a determination to focus on excellence rather than excess.
Functions : hours - minutes – central jumping seconds -Tourbillon with 30-second indication
Movement : Calibre DB2119 – mechanical hand-wound
Hand-decorated mainplate, hand-chamfered and polished steel parts
DB2119 incorporates the major De Bethune technological breakthroughs:
Self-regulating twin barrel* – The barrels are specifically designed to eliminate friction and efficiently transmit a maximum of energy.
Silicon/white gold balance wheel* with flat terminal curve – Its exceptional lightness enables this balance wheel to reduce mechanical friction and deliver an ideal inertia/mass ratio. The principle of the flat end curve, placed on the same level as the balance-spring, compensates for off-centering and facilitates its fastening.
De Bethune 30" silicon/titanium Tourbillon 36,000 vph, the fastest and the lightest on the market, comprising 64 parts weighing 0.18 grams
Silicon escape wheel
Central jumping seconds
Jewelling : 47 jewels
Frequency : 36,000 vibrations per hour
Power reserve: 4 days
Case round shape, 43 mm in diameter, made of mirror-polished grade 5 titanium
Thickness : 12.3 mm
Lugs: floating type* in grade 5 titanium with pivoting system. Their springs follow the shape of the wrist and its movements
Glass: sapphire crystal with double glareproofing, 1800 Vickers
Crown: screw-locked at 12 o’clock – adjustable in two positions
Back: solid, hunter-type, in mirror-polished grade 5 titanium, inspired by pocket-watches
Dial: silver-toned with hand-decorated mainplate and bridges, hand-chamfered steel parts, Côtes de Bethune motif
Chapter ring in grained and engraved sterling silver
Linear power-reserve indicator with jewelled bars at 6 o’clock
Hands: cut-out, mirror-polished, flame-blued steel
Strap: extra-supple alligator leather with pin buckle