In November 2011, at the Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix prize-giving ceremony, the DB28 model by De Bethune was awarded the Aiguille d’Or (Golden Hand), the supreme distinction of these prestigious awards. To celebrate this victory, De Bethune revisits this iconic model and offers a limited edition featuring subtle details that are sure to delight collectors and dedicated enthusiasts. The characteristic aesthetic of the DB28 is enriched with a rose gold baguette-shaped insert adorning the minute hand.
The distinctive shape of the mirror-polished titanium case, inspired by pocket watches, accentuated by the spherical moon phase and by the silicon/palladium balance, features an exhibition back revealing a finely decorated movement enhanced by gold wheels and a gold hand for the linear power reserve.
These exceptional timepieces feature a pure style in which the taut lines, the exquisite hand-crafted finishes and the slenderness of the case combine with the technical innovations to offer a contemporary expression of the horological art according to De Bethune. The DB28 “Aiguille d’Or” model is available in a limited edition of 50.
Model: DB28 “Aiguille d’Or”
Hours – minutes
Spherical moon-phase indicator at 6 o’clock
Power-reserve indication – performance indicator
Calibre DB 2115 – mechanical hand-wound
Mainplate hand-decorated and snailed, hand-chamfered and polished steel parts, De Bethune stripes
Self-regulating twin barrel
Silicon/platinum balance wheel
Triple pare-chute shock-absorbing system
Exclusive three-dimensional moon-phase indication
Jewelling: 29 jewels
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations per hour
Power reserve: 6-day power reserve indicated on the back of the case
Case: 42.60 mm in diameter, made from grade 5 titanium or rose gold, 11.20 mm thick
Lugs: Mirror-polished titanium floating lugs * with pivoting system, available in long or short version. 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
Exhibition back: sapphire crystal, 1800 Vickers hardness with double anti-reflective treatment – horizontally controlled power-reserve indicator with a single rose gold hand – rose gold wheels
Dial & Hands
Dial: Polished grade 5 titanium hour circle and silvered minute circle – Mainplate hand-decorated and snailed, hand-chamfered and polished steel parts, De Bethune stripes – best-performance zone indication at 3 o’clock between a blue and red dot – 3D moon-phase display at 6 o’clock.
Hands: Mirror-polished stainless steel with rose gold insert
Extra-supple alligator leather with pin buckle