De Bethune

De Bethune is an independent Swiss watch manufacturer located at L’Auberson, in the Jura mountain pastures of the canton of Vaud, Switzerland. Here, some 30 employees, including watchmakers, engineers, developer designers, micromechanical engineers, polishers and decorators focus firmly on the research and development of technical and aesthetic innovations in the spirit of the great 18th century master watchmakers.
Tourbillons, perpetual calendars, chronometers, deadbeat seconds, spherical moons, bridges, wheels, pallet-levers, balance wheels, pinions, balance springs and screws as well as cases, dials, floating lugs and hands… Each component is individually designed and crafted with meticulous attention to the slightest detail, including the traditional “Côtes De Bethune” and Microlight engraving.

The brand designs, develops and produces all its timepieces within its own Manufacture. Since its foundation, De Bethune has developed no fewer than 27 calibres, presented some 30 world premieres and registered a large number of patents as well as producing 150 one-off pieces to meet the expectations of the most discerning collectors.
De Bethune has received the highest distinctions awarded by the watch industry all over the world, including the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix for the best watch of the year.

Today, Denis Flageollet, co-founder of the brand and master watchmaker, together with CEO Pierre Jacques, are spearheading the future of the company. The pure style, clean lines and delicacy of the cases represent the inimitable hallmark of De Bethune creations.
De Bethune’s timepieces can be seen worldwide in our 25 exclusive points of sale and in our showroom in the heart of Geneva’s old city, in a refined, yet welcoming, contemporary setting that wholly embodies the spirit of De Bethune.

Some timepieces to
discover

De Bethune – DB Kind of Two Tourbillon

  • Description
  • Technical Specifications

De Bethune presents a watch endowed with two faces. Two dials, two identities. A technical and aesthetic exercise that opens up a whole new field of research.The DB Kind of Two Tourbillon is perfectly reversible and can be worn on either side according to the mood of the moment. This model houses a highly sophisticated mechanism based on a complex system of gears and pinions arranged on the front or back of the watch, and which enables the hands to turn in the right direction, regardless of the dial chosen. Central seconds on one side? Shift the display of this indication to 6 o’clock on the other? Add a tourbillon that would be invisible on the other side? Opt for a modern or more traditional design? The initial inspiration was to create a watch with two very different identities, of which the aesthetic aspect guided the technical design of the new calibre entirely developed by Manufacture De Bethune at L’Auberson in the Swiss Jura.

The front side of the DB Kind of Two Tourbillon displays a dial featuring a sleek, contemporary design, with central hours and minutes hands as well as a tourbillon at 6 o’clock, complete with a 30-second indication. Extensive work has been done on integrating polished, curved shapes, matt or glossy components, different thicknesses and levels, thereby creating a sensation of ample space and optimal volume, given the minimum height available for a tourbillon watch. A new type of deltoid-shaped bridge – this time perfectly symmetrical – is positioned in the centre, like an isosceles triangle that contributes to the overall sense of harmony.
The other side reveals a dial based on more traditional aesthetic inspiration, with a finely hand-guilloché central part surrounded by the numerals already featured on the dials of De Bethune models such as the DB8 and DB10. The tourbillon with its seconds has vanished, and on this face the hours, minutes and more surprisingly the seconds hands are all centrally positioned. This represents an extremely subtle technical challenge that is not necessarily perceptible at first glance, and therein lies the elegance of this timepiece.

  • Reference
  • DBK2TV1
  • Case material
  • Grade 5 titanium
  • Case diameter
  • 42,8 mm
  • Case thickness
  • 9,5 mm
  • Caseback
  • double face
  • Water resistance
  • 3 ATM
  • Movement
  • DB2579
  • Winding
  • Manual winding
  • Power reserve
  • 5 days
  • Frequency
  • 36'000 vibrations per hour
  • Components
  • 256
  • Dial color
  • Silvered and relief minute dial
  • Dial material
  • Blued polished titanium hour-markers
  • Dial decoration
  • Hour ring and 30'' polished titanium dial with shot-blasted stages
  • Functions
  • tourbillon, hours, minutes, seconds
  • Bracelet material
  • Alligator
  • Buckle type
  • Pin Buckle
  • Buckle material
  • Grade 5 titanium
  • Retail Price
  • 240 000 € including 20% VAT

De Bethune – DB28XP Tourbillon

  • Description
  • Technical Specifications

DB28 XP Tourbillon – the DB28 concept distilled to its essence. In 2020, DE BETHUNE celebrates the 10th anniversary of the famous DB28 with the creation of three exceptional timepieces, one of which is the DB28 XP Tourbillon. Inspired by the famous dial of the DB28 Digitale, the design of the DB28 XP Tourbillon is an ideal of beauty, of elegance that expresses purity at its most absolute. The DB28 XP Tourbillon is not about amplification. On the contrary, it’s about distilling the essence. Offering hour, minute and second indications in 30”, the DB28 XP Tourbillon features an elegant and minimalist white dial with silver reflections rendered in a hand-engraved “barley grain” guilloche pattern, highlighted by a blued hour circle. The tourbillon positioned at 6 o’clock is made from titanium, beating at a frequency of 36,000 alternations per hour in an extraordinarily light cage (0.18 g, the lightest ever created) that rotates on itself every thirty seconds. It comprises a total of 63 components (of which the lightest weighs less than 0.0001 grams). So small, so light, so fast – the De Bethune tourbillon simply fulfils its function in a manner better suited for today’s watches.

  • Reference
  • DB28XPTTIS1
  • Limited edition
  • 10 pieces
  • Case material
  • Polished grade 5 titanium with “microlight” case middle
  • Case diameter
  • 43 mm
  • Case thickness
  • 8.1 mm
  • Caseback
  • Solid, in polished grade 5 titanium with the position of the planets on November 19th 2011(Aiguille d’Or - GPHG)
  • Water resistance
  • 3 ATM
  • Movement
  • Mechanical
  • Winding
  • Manual winding
  • Power reserve
  • 5 days
  • Frequency
  • 36'000 vibrations per hour
  • Components
  • 216
  • Dial color
  • Silver-toned
  • Dial material
  • hand-guilloché barley-corn motif
  • Dial decoration
  • Dial featuring an opening revealing the tourbillon, surrounded by a chamfered blued-polished titanium rim and a titanium seconds dial
  • Functions
  • Hours, Minutes, 30 seconds indicator via the ultra-light De Bethune tourbillon cage at 6 o’clock
  • Bracelet material
  • Alligator
  • Buckle type
  • Pin Buckle
  • Buckle material
  • Grade 5 titanium
  • Retail Price
  • 202800 € including 20% VAT

De Bethune – DB28XP Starry Sky

  • Description
  • Technical Specifications

DB28 XP Starry Sky: A distinct chapter in the celebration of the DB28’s 10th anniversary, the DB28 XP Starry Sky comes with its own firmament of infinite blue. Classic inspiration is counterbalanced with an ultra lightweight, mirror-polished titanium case that bears the hallmark floating lugs, giving the watch a modern, even futuristic character. As with an obsession, an eternal quest to represent the most beautiful sky, DE BETHUNE raises the level of complexity even further by creating a blue ‘microlight’ firmament – another first by the Maison of L’Auberson. On the dial’s surface one can then make out valleys and mountains, sloping lines that seem to meld into each other, offering a unique spectacle that never ceases to fascinate. Free and unconstrained, thanks to DE BETHUNE’s mastery of titanium blueing, the multitude of microgrooves create an optical effect that magically plays with light. In the heart of the deep and endless blue, a multitude of small white gold pins, driven in one by one with great delicacy, recreate the magic of a starry night. No two skies are the same: the firmament depicted is that visible from a specific place at a specific date and time as chosen by the client.

  • Reference
  • DB28XPTIS3V2
  • Case material
  • Titane grade 5 polie avec carrure microlight
  • Case diameter
  • 43 mm
  • Case thickness
  • 7,2 mm
  • Caseback
  • Polished grade 5 titanium with “microlight” case middle
  • Water resistance
  • 3 ATM
  • Movement
  • Mechanical
  • Winding
  • Manual winding
  • Power reserve
  • 6 days
  • Frequency
  • 28'800 vibrations per hour
  • Components
  • 175
  • Dial color
  • Blue
  • Dial material
  • Titanium
  • Dial decoration
  • Titanium dial with “microlight” decoration – De Bethune Innovation (2007)
  • Functions
  • Hours and Minutes
  • Bracelet material
  • Alligator
  • Buckle type
  • Pin Buckle
  • Buckle material
  • Titanium Grade 5
  • Retail Price
  • 81600 € including 20% VAT

De Bethune – DB25 Starry Varius

  • Description
  • Technical Specifications

A poetic interpretation of the traditional DB25. “The cosmos, time, the sky…when you want to see time evolve and you have no instruments, you observe the sky”, explains Denis Flageollet, Master Watchmaker and co-founder of DE BETHUNE. With this watch, De Bethune rethinks the sky within an elegant rose gold case. The ability to personalise the constellation depicted based on a geographical location and date chosen by the client makes each piece truly unique. On the dial, the Milky Way is rendered with laser microstrikes and delicate deposits of 24-carat gold. A classic timepiece of great purity and aesthetic refinement that harbours a large part of watchmaking history.

  • Reference
  • DB25VRS3
  • Case material
  • rose Gold 5N
  • Case diameter
  • 42 mm
  • Case thickness
  • 8.8mm
  • Caseback
  • Sapphire glass
  • Water resistance
  • 3 ATM
  • Movement
  • Mechanical
  • Winding
  • Manual winding
  • Power reserve
  • 6 days
  • Frequency
  • 28'800 vibrations per hour
  • Components
  • 160
  • Dial color
  • Blue
  • Dial material
  • Blued titanium
  • Dial decoration
  • De Bethune star-studded sky in blued and polished titanium with hand-fitted white gold pins depicting the stars Milky Way patterns produced by laser beam micro milling, gilded with 24-carat gold leaf
  • Functions
  • Hours, Minutes
  • Bracelet material
  • Alligator
  • Buckle type
  • Pin Buckle
  • Buckle material
  • Rose gold 5N
  • Retail Price
  • 73200 € including 20% VAT

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