De Bethune - The Geneva Watch Auction: XV Geneva Saturday, May 7, 2022 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: De Bethune
    Year: 2010
    Reference No: DB28TIS5C3PS
    Movement No: 2115.258
    Case No: 021
    Model Name: DB28
    Material: Titanium
    Calibre: Manual, cal. DB.2115, 29 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Titanium De Bethune buckle
    Dimensions: 43mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by De Bethune presentation box, certificate of origin, travel box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Launched in 2010, the DB28 is most likely the timepiece that best exemplifies De Bethune's technical and design prowess, and it has become the brand's most recognizable model over time. The following year, at the Grand Prix Horlogerie de Genève, this model won the prestigious Aiguille d'Or award as best watch of the year. Denis Flageollet – the brand's co-founder and master watchmaker – spent decades restoring pieces made by the great masters of the 18th and 19th centuries, and he used his abysmal knowledge of historical watchmaking to invent 21st century watches like no other, as he puts it: "the tradition of watchmaking is innovation".

    The present DB28 case is made of titanium and features the brand’s signature spring loaded floating lug system enabling the watch to adapt to the wrist for ease of wear. The DB28 has a decidedly modern look; there is no dial since the top movement plate, which is rhodium plated and adorned with Geneva waves, is visible, as are the balance, triple parachute shock absorber, and part of the mainsprings. The 3D moonphase indication at the bottom of the dial, a wind performance indication between 2 and 3 o'clock, and a 6-day power reserve indicator on the case back are all obvious De Bethune distinctive elements.

    Presented in overall excellent condition and accompanied by its original guarantee and leather box, this particular example was launched in 2010 and was produced in only 10 examples in this combination making this a more-than-unique opportunity for any connoisseur to have one of the most exciting watches of the 21st Century in his or her collection.


A beautiful and cutting edge titanium wristwatch with exposed balance wheel, power reserve, torque indicator, spherical moonphase display, certificate of origin and presentation box

43mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF40,000 - 80,000 

Sold for CHF195,300

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XV

Geneva Auction 7 - 8 May 2022