De Bethune - The Geneva Watch Auction: XV Geneva Saturday, May 7, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: De Bethune
    Year: Circa 2007
    Reference No: DB22WS1
    Case No: 01/05
    Model Name: DB22
    Material: 18k white gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal DB2024, 47 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k white gold De Bethune pin buckle
    Dimensions: 48mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by De Bethune Certificate of Origin
    Literature: De Bethune is featured in Watchmakers: The Masters of Art Horology by Maxima Gallery pp. 104-121

  • Catalogue Essay

    De Bethune movements and designs are constant evolutions showcasing the brand’s cutting edge and innovative approach.

    For Denis Flageollet, the co-founder of De Bethune as well as its master watchmaker, innovation is the guiding principle of watchmaking. Rather than simply modifying or improving traditional techniques, he takes a precise mathematical and scientific approach with regards to the technical process, case and movement architecture, and finishing of each of his watches. All this results in some of the most visually striking and masterful products in contemporary horology. Since its inception in 2002, De Bethune has given birth to over thirty in-house calibers and a dozen patent registrations, constantly debuting new and exciting innovations.

    The DB22 -launched in 2007- was not only a mechanical marvel with the brand’s signature titanium/platinum balance wheel, balance-spring with flat terminal curve, triple pare-chute shock-absorbing system and 6 day power reserve (indicated via the grill like aperture at 12 o’clock) but also a breakthrough design with the brand’s first foray in a more sports oriented look.

    The DB22 with light grey dial was produced in only 13 pieces. The present example is part of the pre series made to be tested and presented to the press and retailers and numbered 1/5.


Ref. DB22WS1
An original and cutting edge white gold wristwatch with power reserve indicator, number 1 of 5 piece limited edition Pre Series

Circa 2007
48mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF15,000 - 30,000 

Sold for CHF50,400

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XV

Geneva Auction 7 - 8 May 2022