De Bethune - Phillips Watches Online Auction: The Hong Kong Sessions, Spring 2024 Hong Kong Tuesday, March 19, 2024 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: De Bethune
    Year: Circa 2002
    Case No: 045/DB1
    Model Name: DB1
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. DB2002, 21 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold De Bethune pin buckle
    Dimensions: 42mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial,movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by De Bethune extract stamped De Bethune SA, Geneva dated 6th December 2023.

  • Catalogue Essay

    - De Bethune has already established its reputation in the realm of independent watchmaking, thanks in large part to Denis Flageollet, the co-founder and master watchmaker who has emerged as one of the most innovative figures in the industry. Prior to the establishment of De Bethune, Denis cultivated extensive experience in watchmaking working at Michel Parmigiani's workshop. He later co-founded Techniques Horlogères Appliquées (THA) alongside other watchmaking legends François-Paul Journe and Vianney Halter.

    - In 2002, De Bethune unveiled its inaugural timepiece, the DB1. This exceptional watch boasted a slim case adorned with distinctive ogival lugs, while its dial provided unmatched legibility. The clever use of guilloche on the dial added a touch of refinement and visual appeal, perfectly complementing the railway minute and seconds track.

    - Notably, the movement powering the DB1 was originally crafted by Flageollet for Jaquet (now Lajoux Perret), a company specializing in high-end mechanical movements for third parties. The movement bears the stamp C.D.B, symbolizing Chevalier De Bethune, an 18th-century French aristocrat and horologist renowned for his innovative escapement system. It was this individual whose name served as inspiration for the founders of De Bethune.

    - A grand total of 50 DB1 watches were produced, with 28 crafted in white gold like the present watch, 21 in pink gold, and a unique example in yellow gold. The case of the current watch has developed a subtle yellow patina on its surface, which is a normal occurrence with regular use and ageing. Over time, the rhodium coating gradually wears away, resulting in a distinct and unique appearance. Overall, the immediate success of the DB1 paved the way for De Bethune's future releases and even more groundbreaking patented designs.


An early, elegant and attractive white gold single button chronograph wristwatch

Circa 2002
42mm diameter
Case, dial,movement and buckle signed

HK$80,000 - 160,000 

Sold for HK$762,000

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Phillips Watches Online Auction: The Hong Kong Sessions, Spring 2024

19 - 26 March 2024