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

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  • Manufacturer: De Bethune
    Year: 2012
    Reference No: DB28TIS8NAD
    Movement No: 2115.332
    Case No: 11/50
    Model Name: DB28 Aiguille d'Or
    Material: Titanium
    Calibre: Manual, cal. DB2115, 29 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Titanium DeBethune pin buckle
    Dimensions: 43mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by De Bethune Certificate of Origin and Warranty dated May 24th 2012, instructions, setting pin, travel case, and outer box.

  • 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. In celebration of this incredible – and well deserved -award De Bethune presented in 2012 a 50 piece limited edition of the DB28 with specific features.

    The Aiguille d’Or award translates to "the golden hand" and as a nod to the award, the minute hand of the present watch is adorned by a pink gold baguette-shaped insert. Furthermore, the caseback has been opened as to reveal the power reserve mechanism and indicator – also in pink gold.

    Other DB28 signature elements such as the mobile lugs, the triple parachute shock absorber, the 3D moonphase indication and a wind performance indication between 2 and 3 o'clock are obviously present.

    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, as he puts it: "the tradition of watchmaking is innovation", and as such the present DB28 “Aiguille d’Or” number 11 of a 50 piece limited edition perfectly exemplifies the innovative spirit of the brand.


A beautiful and cutting-edge titanium wristwatch with exposed balance wheel, power reserve, torque indicator, spherical moonphase display, certificate of origin and presentation box, number 11 of a 50 piece limited edition

43mm Diameter
Case, movement and buckle signed

CHF50,000 - 100,000 

Sold for CHF126,000

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI

Geneva Auction 5 - 6 November 2022