De Bethune - The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI Geneva Saturday, November 5, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: De Bethune
    Year: Circa 2007
    Reference No: DB25 Prototype
    Model Name: DB25 Power Reserve
    Material: 18k pink gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal DB2024.175
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Generic Stainless Steel pin buckle
    Dimensions: 44mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Certificate of Authenticity and provenance signed by DeBethune Co-founder David Zanetta
    Provenance: Private collection of David Zanetta

  • Provenance

    Private collection of David Zanetta

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present DB25 with power reserve looks very different from the original DB25 launched in 2007 as the dial features a silvered outer section as well as a spherical power reserve indicator, the reason being that the present watch is in fact the prototype for the original DB25 with power reserve introduced in 2007.

    Horological maestro Denis Flageollet teamed up with collector extraordinaire David Zanetta in 2002 to create the independent watchmaking tour-de-force that is De Bethune, striving to implement avant-garde designs rooted in traditional watchmaking principals. In the almost two decades since, they have developed over thirty in-house movements and a cavalcade of technical innovations.

    Inside is De Bethune’s first automatic caliber, launched in 2006 with a six day power reserve, a titanium and platinum balance wheel, and an innovative shock-absorbing system for the ceramic ball-bearings used in the automatic winding assembly.

    The present watch is the first and only prototype made of this model and was the personal timepiece of David Zanetta, the co-founder of the brand, who is now offering it to the market for the very first time.

    About the DB25 project, Mr. Zanetta has the following remarks: “my intent with the DB25 was to merge the most classic horological aesthetics with the foremost technological solution available at the time, to create a bridge between past and future of mechanical horology.”


Ref. DB25 Prototype
A unique and cutting edge pink gold prototype wristwatch with power reserve

Circa 2007
44mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF40,000 - 80,000 

Sold for CHF201,600

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI

Geneva Auction 5 - 6 November 2022