De Bethune - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV Hong Kong Friday, May 27, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: De Bethune
    Year: Circa 2015
    Reference No: DB25sJWS1
    Movement No: DB.E.005.094
    Case No: No. 017
    Model Name: Starry Sky
    Material: 18K white gold, diamonds and sapphire
    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 by undated De Bethune Certificate of Origin, instruction manual, traveling case and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Distinguished with extravagance, the DB25SJ Starry Sky is extraordinary and sparkles with elegance, the collection had total of five variants. The present DB25sJWS1 dressed with 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 three-dimensional spherical moon phase of the brand, however star-studded and casted in palladium and flame-blued steel for the DB25SJ collection. 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 bejewelling the caseband with 61 beautiful baguette-cut diamonds that resonate harmoniously with the dial. Powered by the hand-crafted DB2105 movement sporting in an attractive 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 less than 20 examples of the reference have been made. With a similar sapphire-set example achieving an exceptional result of 1 million HKD in our Phillips Hong Kong auction, this is a second opportunity for connoisseurs to acquire a hypnotic timepiece with mesmerising impression of depth and infinity. Traveling time and space with elegance, the present example in exceptional unworn condition is fresh to the market and accompanied with its certificate and accessories.


Ref. DB25sJWS1
An extremely, rare and unworn white gold and baguette-cut diamond and sapphire-set wristwatch with 3D moon phases, floating lugs, Certificate of Origin and presentation box

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

HK$300,000 - 600,000 

Sold for HK$1,386,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV

Hong Kong Auction 27 - 28 May 2022