DB28 Kind of GoldUSA Limited Edition
Recently at the Watches & Wonders Miami show at the Miami Design District, Swiss independent watch brand De Bethune smartly unveiled a USA exclusive watch, the “DB28 Kind of Blue.” A spin-off of the brand’s all-blue and much coveted DB28, the new watch features an 18-karat pink gold case instead of a blue case. Just10 pieces will be made.
DeBethune DB 28 USA exclusive watch launched at Watches & Wonders Miami.To create its distinctive blue, De Bethune uses a special technique of tinting the surface by oxidizing it. The concept is based on a heat treatment invented in the 16th century to protect steel surfaces against corrosion. The process requires that each component first be meticulously polished before being flame-heated by hand to create a natural, even and durable protective film while increasing the hardness of the component.
The DeBethune DB28 Kind of Blue watch houses a mechanical caliber with manual winding and features a patented spherical moon-phase at 6 o’clock that is made of steel and palladium and is so precise that it needs a correction of only one lunar day every 122 years. The high-performance escapement features a silicon annular balance, “encircled by a white gold ring and a balance-spring with a flat terminal curve that is exclusive to De Bethune. It is protected by a triple pare-chute shock-absorbing system. Power is accumulated and distributed through two self-regulating barrels, also developed by De Bethune. The power reserve indicator can be read on the back of the plate, which is decorated with special concentric graining. All the finishes are done by hand with a motion work bridge in polished titanium, bridges with “Côtes De Bethune” decoration and rose-work grinding on the barrel ratchets. The hours are indicated by skeleton hands on arrow pointers made of rose gold.”
Technical specifications: DB28 Kind of Gold USA Limited Edition
Production limited to 10 numbered pieces
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Spherical moon phase at 6 o’clock. Power reserve on case back, Performance indicator between 2 and3 o’clock
Movement: DB2115 Mechanical hand-wound movement, 297 parts, 39 jewels, 30 mm water resistant, 6 days power reserve, ensured by a self-regulating twin barrelDe Bethune Innovation (2004), Titanium balance wheel with white gold inserts, optimized for temperature differences and air penetration, De Bethune Patent (2016), “De Bethune” balance-spring with flat terminal curve, De Bethune Patent (2006), Silicon escape wheel, Spherical moon phase indicator with precision of one lunar day every 122 years – De Bethune Patent (2004)Blued triple pare-chute shock-absorbing system, De Bethune Innovation (2005), 28,800 vibrations per hour, Handmade, blued grade 5 mirror-polished titanium motion works bridge, Plate cover and bridge cover on the barrel in grade 5 bluedtitanium, adorned with “Côtes De Bethune”, Barrels decorated with rose-work grinding
Case: 43mm DeBethune Blue and 5N Rose goldl, Short or long floating lugs in blued grade 5 mirror-polished titanium – De Bethune Patent (2006)
Crystal: Sapphire (1800 Vickers hardness), with double anti-reflective coating
Caseback: Screwed case back in blued grade 5 polished titanium that opens on a linear power reserve indicator in rose gold Sapphire crystal (1800 Vickers hardness) with double anti- reflective coating
Strap: Extra-supple alligator leather, alligator lining
Buckle in blued grade 5 mirror-polished titanium and ardillon in 5N rose gold