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

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  • Manufacturer: De Bethune
    Year: 2017
    Reference No: CS129
    Movement No: DB.G.003.048
    Case No: Caseback engraved Piece Unique Dubai
    Model Name: DB27 Titan Hawk
    Material: Blued titanium
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. S233, 36 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Blued titanium De Bethune pin buckle
    Dimensions: 43mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by De Bethune fitted case, Certificate of Origin and Warranty and travel case.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present unique De Bethune Titan Hawk represents one of the most exceptional iterations of this model with its powerfully beautiful and unusual heat blued titanium case and Eastern Arabic numerals on a silver dial.

    The heat blued titanium case is also a De Bethune first. This visually impactful result is obtained via the same method traditionally used in watchmaking for blueing steel components such as screws. Denis Flageollet (the master watchmaker and co founder of De Bethune) found that titanium could also be heat blued while testing the method on balance wheels. The case is heated to a certain degree and for a certain period and consequently turns a superb and even shade of blue, something incredibly difficult to obtain on a large surface such as that of a case.

    Combining elements of the DB25 and DB28, the present DB27 “Titan Hawk” is deceptive in its simplicity. Though it only displays the hour, minutes, and date, there is far more to this watch than meets the eye. The dial, with its layered surfaces and concentric circles, provides a playful complement for the blue case. The case features a spring-loaded floating lug system enabling the watch to adapt to any size wrist for ease of wear. The movement is a marvel of finesse and technology, including many of the De Bethune in-house developed innovations, like the patented self-regulating twin barrel, silicon and white gold balance, the balance spring with flat terminal curve, the triple pare-chute shock-absorbing system, the titanium/platinum oscillating weight, and the silicon escape-wheel which can be admired via the porthole in the back. The watch also boasts a six-day power reserve.

    The present DB27 Titan Hawk is a unique piece made for Dubai.

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Ref. CS129
A unique cutting edge, technically impressive blued titanium wristwatch with Eastern Arabic numerals, date, six-day power reserve, certificate and presentation box

2017
43mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
CHF40,000 - 80,000 
€39,300-78,600
$42,500-85,000

Sold for CHF226,800

Contact Specialist

Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East

+41 22 317 81 81
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Tiffany To
Head of Sale, Geneva

+41 22 317 96 63
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The Geneva Watch Auction: XV

Geneva Auction 7 - 8 May 2022