Recently unveiled at Geneva Time Exhibition (GTE 2013), the De Bethune DB28 Skybridge watch is inspired by the dreamlike sceneries of star studded galaxy. Its creators, David Zanetta and Denis Flageollet used the tradition ancestral skills as well as the latest scientific innovations to develop this masterpiece of fine watch making.
They merge to make this timepiece a perfect summary of highly aesthetic ambition and peerless technical precision. Skybridge embodies the entire repertoire of the Manufacture De Bethune.
While classically inspired in terms of its round shape, its 12 o’clock crown and its hunter-type back borrowed from pocket watches, the ultra-light mirror-polished titanium case of the DB28 with its distinctive floating lugs nonetheless proclaim the collection’s modern and indeed futuristic nature.
The De Bethune Skybridge watch features a whole host of astonishing shimmering effects, in turn brilliant or intensely radiant with the blue that has been a House signature for the past eleven years.
An eminent reference to the famous 18th century clocks, this star-studded sky in mirror-polished and blued titanium derives its power and beauty from its concave shape and its multiple decorations crafted in the company workshops in the village of L’Auberson.
The spherical moon-phase display is accentuated by an arrow-shaped bridge that appears to be pointing towards infinity.
Two flame-blued and mirror-polished steel hands gracefully sweep across a constellation delicately highlighted by a minute circle. The heart of this immensity is sprinkled with white gold and diamond stars. Topped with hour-markers resembling tiny suspended spheres, these sparkling splendours lend a sense of timeless depth to the celestial canopy.
Model: De Bethune DB28 Skybridge
Hours – minutes – moon phase
Grade 5 titanium
Diameter 43 mm with a 45 mm titanium bezel
Attachments: floating lugs in grade 5 titanium
De Bethune star-studded sky in blued mirror-polished grade 5 titanium encrusted with white gold and diamond stars
Polished steel spherical hour-marker
Hands: blued and mirror-polished steel
Movement: mechanical hand-wound
Functions: hours – minutes – spherical moon-phase indication at 12 o’clock
Diameter 30mm – 236 parts – hand-crafted finishing and decoration – entirely mirror-polished blued steel
Self-regulating twin barrel
Silicon/palladium balance wheel – balance-spring with flat end curve
Triple pare-chute shock-absorbing system
Spherical moon-phase indication
Silicon escape wheel
Jewelling: 27 jewels
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations per hour
Power reserve: 6 days
Extra-supple alligator leather with pin buckle