De Bethune - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: X Hong Kong Friday, July 10, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: De Bethune
    Year: Circa 2019
    Reference No: DB28YT
    Movement No: DB.B.008.040
    Case No: No. 008
    Model Name: DB28 Yellow Tones
    Material: Yellow polished grade 5 titanium
    Calibre: Manual, cal. DB28, 38 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Yellow polished grade 5 titanium De Bethune pin buckle
    Dimensions: 43mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Further accompanied by De Bethune certificate of origin and warranty dated 8th November 2019 stamped The Hour Glass LTD, instruction manual, setting pin, travel case, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The DB28 was presented to the public in 2011 and was awarded the highest distinction award “Aiguille d’Or” at the GPHG 2011 via its very first iteration in titanium. Achieving such a feat, the DB28 is perhaps one of the perfect examples of the firm’s approach to watchmaking. The DB28 Yellow Tones is the latest iteration of the award-winning model, with a slight twist. Famous for its heated blue titanium featured in many of De Bethune wristwatches for over 15 years since its initial founding, the Yellow Tones features its traditionally blue parts of the watch in a newly developed yellow polished grade 5 titanium alloy. To achieve such vibrant colouration on the titanium alloy, thermal oxidation on the surface must be achieved. Using essentially the same process to achieve the blue tone, the yellow surface is achieved by heating the alloy at a lower temperature. The oxidation process of titanium goes through various stages displaying different colours at each stage, with the first being yellow.

    Comprising a silicon balance wheel escapement made of blued titanium proudly displayed at 6 O’clock with its signature 3D moon phases via a small ball bearing in multicoloured titanium, followed by its fancy floating lugs designed to maximize comfort across varying wrist sizes, the DB28 is certainly appealing and regarded as the household reference of the firm.

    The present example in yellow polished grade 5 titanium from 2019 is presented in excellent overall condition and is accompanied by the full set of accessories.


Ref. DB28YT
A large, impressive and futuristic yellow polished grade 5 titanium skeletonized wristwatch with 3D moon phases, power reserve indication, floating lugs, certificate and box

Circa 2019
43mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

HK$235,000 - 390,000 

Sold for HK$350,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: X

Hong Kong Auction 10 July 2020