De Bethune - The 2021 New York Watch Auction New York Saturday, December 11, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: De Bethune
    Year: Circa 2005
    Reference No: DB12WT
    Case No: 005
    Model Name: DB12
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. Venus 175, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold De Bethune deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 42mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by a De Bethune Certificate of Origin dated 21st September, 2021.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The history of horology reaches back to the beginning of mankind and its desire to understand and capture the passage of time. From early sundials to clocks, pocket watches and wristwatches, each millennium has seen the development and refinement of timekeepers. In the 21st century, mechanical watchmaking continues to thrive, with a newfound movement to combine traditional watchmaking with contemporary aesthetics and techniques. De Bethune is a highly respected, independent Swiss brand manufacturing 21st century watches rooted in watchmaking extending back to the 18th century. The philosophy underpinning their efforts: “not doing more, but instead doing better”.

    Founded in 2002 by David Zanetta and Denis Flageollet, the pair shared the same passion and vision for the watchmaking of tomorrow. David Zanetta, a passionate collector of fine art, history and timepieces joined forces with Denis Flageollet, a fourth generation watchmaker to create the most technically aspiring timepieces without compromises. Since the launch of De Bethune, the independent manufacturer has impressively developed over 30 in-house movements.

    The present DB12 chronograph timepiece with large date and month indication is from the firm’s “Founding Collection” produced between 2002 to 2007. An early creation by the brand, the contemporary aesthetic draws one’s attention to De Bethune’s signature case with ogival lugs. Featuring a hand guilloché dark grey dial with pink gold feuille hands and indications, it is one of only five examples made for the Chicago-based retailer, Swiss Fine Timing. Combined with its futuristic white gold case, the two-register chronograph has a lovely appeal. Powering the DB12 is a vintage caliber Venus 175, beautifully hand-finished and modified with a date and month indicator, and decorated with “Côtes de Genève”.

    Consigned by the original owner and in exceptional condition, this very rare DB12 eloquently embodies the “no compromise” philosophy of De Bethune and is a potent mix of futuristic design and technical excellence that is a must have for the aficionado of contemporary independent horology.



Ref. DB12WT
A very rare and fine limited edition white gold chronograph wristwatch with grey dial, pink gold hands, day and month, with Certificate of Origin, number 5 of 5

Circa 2005
42mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

$25,000 - 50,000 

Sold for $138,600

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The 2021 New York Watch Auction

New York Auction 11 - 12 December 2021