De Bethune 08-01-1297 DB25 Special Edition for Only Watch 2011

Swiss luxury watch brand De Bethune presents a Special Edition of its DB25 timepiece for Only Watch 2011. The model is named as 08-01-1297 DB25 Special Edition for Only Watch. The number given to this model refers to a historical event.

It was on the night of January 8th 1297 (08-01-1297), François Grimaldi captured the rock of Monaco. The stars guided François Grimaldi through the narrow streets of the Monaco fortress. Disguised as a Franciscan monk, he slipped through the darkness to open the gates of this Genoese stronghold for his own troops. 700 years later, on this same rock, his descendant is still the prince of Monaco.

This model for Only Watch 2011 is inspired by the starlit sky above Monaco on January 8th 1297 when the rock was taken by François Grimaldi. On its dial 105 stars all of different sizes, appear in white gold or invisible set diamonds. Orion and Gemini illuminate this flame-blued dial, of which each proportion and every detail has been arranged to express a perfectly mastered play on light with its shimmering reflections and gentle curves. The convex volume on the outer edge catches and holds the gaze, creating an illusion of infinite depth thanks to the concave centre.

The backbone of this concave central mass guides the eye to where the time is read off in a window at the bottom of the dial where the sandblasted silver discs glide by, displaying Roman numerals for the hours and Arabic numerals for the minutes. The dark glow of flame-blued and hand-polished titanium. The incandescence of white gold and diamonds. The silvery gleam of moonlight. The space-time continuum of cosmic immensity is frozen here on the wrist, for a magical moment spanning the chronological distance between the present and a seven century-old founding event and the present.

Other expressions of light include the mirror or specular polish on the movement that erases the work of machines to reveal only the meticulous labour of artisans, their sense of beauty and their taste for perfection. It is a mechanism worthy of the finest masterpieces of the horological tradition, enriched with a good measure of innovation (the De Bethune silicon/platinum annular balance and other subtle technical features) that so rightly accompany any exceptional watch.

Proceedings of the De Bethune 08-01-1297 DB25 Special Edition for Only Watch 2011 will benefit to the research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Technical details
Model: De Bethune 08-01-1297 DB25 Special Edition for Only Watch 2011

Functions
Hours & minutes

Movement
DB2105S – mechanical hand-wound
270 components
Mainplate and bridges in bevelled and hand-polished steel with a specular polish reminiscent of the 19th century models made for royalty, nobility and the Chinese emperors.
Twin self-regulating barrel
Silicon/platinum annular balance
Balance-spring with flat terminal curve
Jewelling: 29 jewels
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations
Power reserve: 6 days

Case
Classic round drum shape, 44 mm in diameter, white gold
Thickness: 12.50 mm
Hollowed lugs
Glass: sapphire crystal with double anti-reflective treatment, 1800 Vickers hardness
Crown: screw-down at 3 o’clock, setting in two positions
Case back: open with sapphire crystal with double anti-reflective treatment, 1800 Vickers hardness

Dial
Depiction of the starlit sky above Monaco on January 8th 1297 when the rock was taken by François Grimaldi. The Orion and Gemini constellations stand out on the flame-blued titanium dial studded with 105 stars – 91 in white gold and 14 in invisible set diamonds. Hour and minute disc at 6 o’clock in pure sandblasted sterling silver engraved with Roman numerals for the hours and Arabic numerals for the minutes.

Strap
Extra-supple alligator leather with pin buckle

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