De Bethune, one of the first names to come to mind when it gets to the exotic brands in the watch industry, has just appeared with a new model, De Bethune DB28 Kind of Blue Tourbillon Meteorite.
The new model, which pushes the limits of the exotic concept, is offered in a blued titanium case. The case measuring 42.6mm in diameter and 9.7mm in height is water resistant to 30 meters. The case features scratch resistant sapphire crystal glasses with antireflection coating on both sides with an 18K pink gold frame at the back.
The dial of the new model features cosmic fragments collected from the Campo del Cielo region of Argentina, which hosted the largest impact area meteorite crash in history. In terms of its use as a dial material, the finely cut meteorite was then subjected to heat treatment. When exposed to heat the piece turned into a blue color. Later on the dial piece is polished and then micro-holes were drilled on it. The night view of the stars in the sky theme, which we are familiar with from different De Bethune models, is animated with white gold balls placed in the drilled holes. The hour markers in the form of arrow heads placed on the blue titanium chapter on the outside of the dial were accompanied by a set of hands produced from pink gold.
“The dial of the new model features cosmic fragments collected from the Campo del Cielo region of Argentina, which hosted the largest impact area meteorite crash in history.”
The new model is powered with the brand’s in-house Caliber DB2010v3. Hand-wound movement beats at 36000vph and offers an impressive power reserve of 5 days when fully wound. The power reserve indicator is located at the back of the movement and can be seen through the transparent caseback. The movement features a 30 seconds hi-beat Tourbillon escapement at 6 o’clock position.
De Bethune DB28 Kind of Blue Tourbillon Meteorite is offered on an alligator leather strap with blued titanium and 18kt rose gold buckle.
The model is limited to one piece only with a MSRP of CHF 280,000.00.