De Bethune - The Geneva Watch Auction: XIV Geneva Friday, November 5, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: De Bethune
    Year: Circa 2015
    Reference No: DB28TIS8C3PN
    Case No: 35
    Model Name: DB28
    Material: Titanium
    Calibre: Manual, cal. DB2115, 38 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Titanium De Bethune buckle
    Dimensions: 43mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by DeBethune fitted box, travel pouch, Certificate of Origin and Warranty, setting pin and instruction manual.
    Literature: De Bethune is featured in Watchmakers: The Masters of Art Horology by Maxima Gallery pp. 104-121.

  • Catalogue Essay

    De Bethune is gradually leaving the realms of a watch brand known only by the cognoscenti to become a respected name within the broader watch collector community. The DB28 has become today the watch that represents best De Bethune’s technical and design prowess and has become over time the most recognizable model from this exciting brand.

    Launched in 2010, this model won the prestigious Aiguille d’Or award the next year, at the Grand Prix Horlogerie de Genève as best watch of the year!

    The technical creativity of De Bethune seems boundless, 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 abyssal knowledge of historical watchmaking to invent 21st century watches like no other, in his words “the tradition of watchmaking is innovation”.

    The present DB28 in titanium features the brand’s signature spring loaded floating lug system enabling the watch to adapt to the wrist for ease of wear.

    The design of the DB28 is resolutely modern, there is no dial per se as the top movement plate, ruthenium plated and decorated with Geneva waves, is visible along with the balance, triple pare-chute shock absorber and part of the mainsprings. Another visible De Bethune signature element is the 3D moonphases placed at the bottom part of the dial, a wind performance indicator which is placed discreetly between 2 and 3 o’clock and, a 6-day power reserve indicator on the caseback.

    The movement features a cavalcade of elements that have been developed or patented by De Bethune making it truly unique and like no other, for example a self-regulating twin barrel, a titanium balance wheel with white gold insets, a “De Bethune” hairspring with flat terminal curve, silicon escape wheel and a triple pare-chute shock absorbing system. This cutting edge technology is nevertheless merged with superlative hand finish of the components.

    One of the most exciting watches from one of the most exciting brands of the 21st Century, the DB28 is a must have in any watch 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

Circa 2015
43mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF25,000 - 45,000 

Sold for CHF126,000

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XIV

Geneva Auction 5 & 7 November 2021