De Bethune - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SEVEN Hong Kong Monday, November 26, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: De Bethune
    Year: 2015
    Reference No: DB25T
    Case No: 04/20
    Model Name: Zodiac
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. DB 2109, 50 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold De Bethune buckle
    Dimensions: 44.5 mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Believed to have developed in ancient Egypt and later adopted by the Babylonians, the Zodiac is perhaps one of the most ancient and poetic beliefs which continue to be relevant today. For those in love with astrology, De Bethune kindly presented a gorgeously crafted tourbillon wristwatch which marvelously brings together the glamor of horoscope and the wondrous charm of a complex movement.

    Eye-catching to its best, the dial of the DB25T Zodiac is especially noteworthy for the artisanal approaches adopted to create the 12 signs of the Zodiac. Finely handcrafted by artist Michèle Rothen, who meticulously engraved each of the solid-gold plates on the 20 limited-edition pieces. The Zodiac signs are tastefully represented with the most exceptional and delicate hand-engraved technique. The solid-gold signs are set into a mirror-polished blued titanium ring, which poses a remarkable and vibrant contrast in color. The timepiece is further adorned by a finely finished white guilloché central dial.

    The present timepiece is equally significant from a technical standpoint. Beneath 12 o'clock, a curved aperture displays a scale from "0" to "5" as a diagnostic for the movement operation. Giving some unique personality to the piece, the watch features the “dead-beat” seconds complication. Most importantly, the movement includes a tourbillon which is visible through the sapphire crystal case back.


Ref. DB25T
A very fine and rare limited edition white gold wristwatch with tourbillon, dead beat seconds and guilloché dial, numbered 4 of a limited edition of 20 pieces

44.5 mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$620,000 - 950,000 

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SEVEN

Hong Kong Auction 27 November 2018