De Bethune - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XII Hong Kong Saturday, June 5, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: De Bethune
    Year: Circa 2015
    Reference No: DB25sJWS3
    Movement No: 2105.451
    Case No: No. 12
    Model Name: DB25SJ Starry Night
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. DB 2105, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold De Bethune pin buckle
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied with De Bethune Certificate of Origin dated 28th August 2015 stamped Oriental Watch Co. LTD, Hong Kong, instruction manual, traveling case and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Created in 2002, De Bethune soon distinguished itself as one of the most forward-thinking brands in watchmaking, both from an aesthetic and a technical point of view, its futuristic design language can be recognized from afar.

    Distinguished with extravagance, the DB25SJ Starry Night is extraordinary and sparkles with elegance. The dark gleam of mirror-polished blued titanium dial sets the stage of the cosmic Geneva sky, illuminating the sky are delicate white gold and diamond stars that twinkles among the ever-wild night sky. Most impressive is the signature spherical moon phase of the brand, however star-studded and casted in platinum and steel for the DB25SJ. Adorned with 44 diamonds and 44 blue sapphires, its moon phases spins on its own axis with exceptional accurate precision that will diverge from astronomical reality by a mere one-day difference every 122 years. This exceptional creation can be personalized by request where the star-studded sky can mimic a specific geographical place and date.

    With a sinuous case of 40mm in diameter with De Bethune’s signature hollow lugs, the firm goes further on bejeweling the caseband with 61 beautiful baguette-cut sapphires (weigh 5.29 carats) that resonate harmoniously with the dial. Powered by the hand-crafted DB2024 movement sporting in a mirror-polished finish on the annular balance and triple pare-chute shock-absorbing system, the mechanism can be admired on the reverse of the timepiece. It is believed that since 2012 only 12 examples of the reference have been made. Traveling time and space with elegance, the present example in exceptional condition is offered from the original owner and is fresh to the market.

Property from the Original Owner


Ref. DB25sJWS3
An extremely fine and rare white gold and diamond and sapphire-set wristwatch with 3D moon phases, floating lugs, Certificate or Origin and presentation box

Circa 2015
40mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

HK$235,000 - 490,000 

Sold for HK$1,071,000

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Thomas Perazzi
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+852 2318 2001

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XII

Hong Kong Auctions 5-6 June 2021