Inaugurating a new partnership with Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry, Independent Swiss watch manufacturer De Bethune has chosen the Silicon Valley retailer to debut the brand’s widely admired DB 25 Starry Varius. The new timepiece will arrive in the US market this month at Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry’s Menlo Park boutique in the Rosewood Sand Hill Resort.
De Bethune’s superior craftsmanship, highly limited production, and distinct, modern aesthetic have made De Bethune timepieces highly sought collector’s objects the world over. As the Bay Area’s leading high horology salon specializing in small, independent watch makers, Silver Fine Jewelry was the clear choice to be De Bethune’s exclusive Bay area retailer and as the site of De Bethune’s US debut of its latest celestially inspired timepiece, the DB 25 Starry Varius.
Star-studded dials have become a recurrent theme for De Bethune, and the new DB Starry Varius continues the theme with a new take on the night sky for its classic DB25 model. White gold pins, representing the stars, have been hand-fitted into the blued and polished titanium dial surface, and the Milky Way pattern has been further enhanced with laser beam micro milling and gilding. Polished rose gold hour markers and hands and a silver-toned hours and minutes ring complete the composition, framed by a slender case in polished grade 5 titanium measuring 8.8mm thick and 42mm in diameter.
On the reverse side, the sapphire crystal case-back of the DB25 Starry Varius reveals the in-house mechanical manual winding DB2105 calibre. The intricate movement and its components have been hand-finished to the highest standards with rich polishes and “Cotes de Bethune” engravings. The high level of finish and ingenuity attest to De Bethune’s approach, combining art and science in a forward-thinking ethos that De Bethune projects will particularly appeal to the Silicon Valley market.
Stephen Silver is a Silicon-valley based gemologist, geologist, diamonteer, and philanthropist. As Chief Executive Officer of S. H. Silver Company, a premiere timepiece and jewelry house located in Menlo Park, California, Stephen Silver has established an international reputation amongst elite collectors for his expertise in diamond and color gemstone cutting, jewelry design, and fine timepieces, while his business acumen has earned widespread acclaim in the watch and jewelry industry. Silver founded an estate jewelry firm in Menlo Park specializing in antiques and precious stones.
Silver studied geology at the Gemological Institute of America, going on to found an estate jewelry firm in Menlo Park specializing in antiques and precious stones and gaining access to a number of history’s most important colored gems. Mr. Silver is widely recognized for his donation of the storied “Cullinan Blue Diamond Necklace” to The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. Silver has also recut and improved important color gemstones which have sold for hundreds of millions of dollars at auction or to private collectors, such as “The Pink Promise Diamond,” sold for over $32 million in 2017.
Stephen Silver has since expanded his business into a vertically integrated wholesale manufacture and retail operation of international reach, with two locations based in and around Menlo Park, California. Beyond his renown as a gemstone and jewelry expert, Stephen is also recognized in Silicon Valley for his extensive philanthropic work and community involvement, having donated millions in recent years to causes in his community and investing in emerging technologies.