De Bethune - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XV Hong Kong Monday, November 28, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: De Bethune
    Year: Circa 2021
    Reference No: DB28CEN
    Movement No: DB.E.006.037
    Case No: 059
    Model Name: DB28 Skybridge
    Material: Grade 5 Titanium
    Calibre: Manual, cal. DB2105, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Nylon
    Clasp/Buckle: Titanium De Bethune pin buckle
    Dimensions: 45mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by De Bethune Certificate of Origin dated 17th June 2021 stamped Collectibles, instruction manual, travel case, additional crocodile strap and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The De Bethune DB28 Skybridge revealed the window on infinity with its stunning blued titanium night sky in 2013. Debuted with an intense radiant blue night sky shimmering with white gold stars and diamonds, the dial paints a vivid night sky as if one gaze upon the Monte Carlo night sky on 19th November 1857. Extruding everything De Bethune, the 45mm diameter DB28 Skybridge cased in Grade 5 titanium features a beautiful set of spring-loaded lugs that are unmistakable from a mile away. An eminent reference to the famous 18th century clocks, this star-studded sky in mirror-polished and blued titanium derives its power and beauty from its concave shape and its multiple decorations crafted in the company workshops in the village of L’Auberson. Designed with perfect symmetry divided by the arrow-shaped Skybridge pointing towards infinity, the brand’s signature 3D moon phase anchored at 6 o’clock adds a gorgeous dimension to the minimalistic canvas. Balancing the dial with equal grace are ten spherical white gold hour markers that makes up the constellation of time discreetly. The overall aesthetic is almost identical to the DB28 Skybridge launched in the Only Watch auction in 2013. Only difference is that the latter example is cased in platinum with a blued titanium chapter ring instead of frosted titanium.

    Turning the watch over is the gorgeous movement featuring mirror polished bridges and complemented with blued steel triple pare-chute bridge and titanium plate. Beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour, the silicon annular balance encircled by white gold ring is a delight to admire. Offered by the original owner in practically “like-new” condition with its full set of accessories, this is also the first time the DB28 Skybridge to appear in auction.

Property from the Original Owner


Ref. DB28CEN
An extremely fine and rare grade 5 titanium wristwatch with 3D moon phases, diamond-set dial, floating lugs, certificate and presentation box

Circa 2021
45mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

HK$235,000 - 470,000 

Sold for HK$730,800

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XV

28 - 29 November 2022 (Online Registration ends 27 Nov, 2pm HKT)