Within the "Watch Box" family resides one Patrik Hoffmann, of late "Mentor" to Chronoswiss in Lucerne and if I've understood correctly, a stake holder to some extent of Watch Box - readers, please feel free to correct/update as needed ; )
So if I were a betting man, at least based on the Timezone report, I would have put my money on the following scenario:
Hoffman tapped to oversee De Bethune, if not right away (if the press announcement is anything to go on), also not in the "too-distant" future. When the words "to ensure continuity" are used, that means that the "retirement clock's" alarm has already been set.
Why? Well, also curious to relate, Watch Box tapped, Patrik Hoffmann, to give feedback on this story from Robb Report -
So we will wait, and we will see.
But one important, pragmatic question to answer is how are the sales of De Bethune going to be moving forward. Curious to relate, De Bethune has a "pre-owned" section on their website which presently only has 2 pre-owned pieces for sale. Having said that, a quick pop over to Watch Box and you will find several De Bethune watches for sale, at least 4 of which are from 2020 & 2021.
With 30 or so employees, that is a lot of mouths to feed, and still recoup your investment. So we shall wait, and we will see, but wishing De Bethune Godspeed as they move forward in this new partnership with Watch Box.