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  • Manufacturer: De Bethune
    Year: Circa 2012
    Reference No: DB25W Maya
    Movement No: 2005.163 further engraved with limited edition number 12/12
    Model Name: DB25 Maya
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Manual, Cal DB2005, 29 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold pin buckle signed De Bethune
    Dimensions: 44mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by De Bethune fitted box, undated and unstamped De Bethune Certificate of Origin and Warranty, user manual, travel case and outer packaging.
    Literature: The present watch is illustrated in De Bethune l'Art Horloger Au XXIe Siecle by Arthur Touchot ed. Assouline, page 210.

  • Catalogue Essay

    De Bethune unveiled the DB25 IX Maya in 2012, on the occasion of humankind’s symbolic passage into the 9th underworld predicted by the Mayan calendar and the result is nothing short of astounding.

    De Bethune created 12 watches, each with a different and unique engraved dial using the Mayan symbiology representing the advent of the 9th Underworld.

    Better known for its cutting edge designs, De Bethune used its signature DB25 case to frame the incredible engraved yellow gold dial subtly mixing hand engraving by the talented Michèle Rothen and laser engraving. The result being a potent cocktail of avant garde meeting tradition, a savant mélange of cultures with the outcome being an achingly gorgeous timepiece in which one can spend literally hours admiring the dial (or the movement on that matter).

    To enable an unobstructed view of the dial, the hands are made of sapphire, blued elements add a dash of oomph to the whole.

    The movement on the other hand is completely futuristic in its aspect , fully mirror polished featuring De Bethune’s signature technical innovations such as self regulating twin barrel, silicon/palladium balance wheel, balance with flat terminal curve and triple pare chute shock absorbing system. The icing on the cake is the 6-day power reserve.

    A true work of art - this unique masterpiece demonstrates De Bethune's artistic and technical mastery.


Ref. DB25W Maya
An incredible white gold wristwatch with unique engraved Mayan motif dial, number 12 of a limited edition of 12 pieces

Circa 2012
44mm Diameter
Case, movement and buckle signed

CHF50,000 - 100,000 

Sold for CHF82,550

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XIX featuring the Guido Mondani Collection

Geneva Auction 11 - 12 May 2024