De Bethune - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XVII Hong Kong Friday, November 24, 2023 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: De Bethune
    Year: Circa 2020
    Reference No: DB27ZS8
    Movement No: DB.G.003.012
    Case No: 002
    Model Name: Titan Hawk All Black
    Material: Zirconium
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. S233, 38 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Zirconium De Bethune pin buckle
    Dimensions: 43mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by De Bethune certificate stamped Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons Dubai dated 7th July 2020, instruction manual, travel case, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present DB27 Titan Hawk in all black is the perfect illustration of Flageollet’s design philosophy. The model was launched in 2012 for the 10th anniversary of the De Bethune Manufacture and it has since developed into a favourite among watch collectors. The watch case is made from sandblasted anthracite zirconium, a high-tech material that is sturdy, lightweight, and hypoallergenic. Taking a close look at the condition of the present watch, and you would be amazed by its exceptional quality, an attestation indeed to the strength of the material. The watch is further enhanced by the De Bethune patented floating lugs which pivot naturally according to the movement of the wearer. With the crown positioned at the 12 o’clock instead of at 3, it ensures that the watch can sit lightly on the wrist without causing any discomfort.

    Do not be fooled by the watch’s simple display of hour, minutes, and date into thinking that it lacks the technological prowess that De Bethune is famous for. The first thing that will catch your eye is the magnificent Microlight engraving featured on the centre of the black dial. The soothing texture strikes a pleasing balance with the convex chapter ring with Roman numerals, producing a phenomenal sight. The timepiece also comes with an impressive movement, equipped with the De Bethune patented twin barrel, balance wheel, balance spring, oscillating weight and triple pare-chute shock-absorbing system. The best part is that the beautiful silicon escape-wheel can even be appreciated by looking through a porthole on the lower part of the case back.

    Quite possibly the earliest example to appear on the market, the present watch is numbered 002 in a limited production of only 27 pieces since 2014. Further accompanied by full accessories, this very rare and impeccably well-preserved watch is a mouth-watering treat for the most stylish watch aficionados. Sleek, simple and chic, it is impossible not to fall in love with this very special Titan Hawk All Black.


Ref. DB27ZS8
An impressive, rare and attractive zirconium wristwatch with central date indication, six-day power reserve, certificate and presentation box

Circa 2020
43mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, and buckle signed

HK$235,000 - 470,000 

Sold for HK$508,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XVII

Hong Kong Auction 24-25 November 2023