With its refined approach to watchmaking, De Bethune shows an inventor’s imagination and a poet’s heart.
|The DB28 Digitale comes in a 45mm titanium case.|
Remarkably, the watch has no moving hands. Instead, it indicates the time with a rotating minute ring and a jumping hour display. Introduced in the 18th century, the jump hour complication shows the hour numerically by means of a rotating disc that snaps forward every 60 minutes.
|The Digitale's hand-wound movement is resistant to |
shocks thanks to De Bethune's triple pare-chute system.
|The chronograph movement utilizes three separate clutches.|
Collectors may recall the MaxiChrono that De Bethune introduced eight years ago. The watch was an exceedingly rare example of a monopusher chronograph with five hands mounted on the same axis. That trait remains for its return this year, however, the chronograph movement inside has been completely re-imagined.
The DB28 MaxiChrono features a new clutch system created by the brand. The design actually includes a separate clutch for each of the three chronograph counters, which allows them to operate semi-autonomously. This patented system incorporates three column wheels and uses a combination of vertical and horizontal clutches. The arrangement not only improves the chronograph’s performance, but it also reduces friction and wear to the movement. Due to the complex nature of the DB28 MaxiChrono’s movement, De Bethune will limit production to 20 pieces a year.
While the enhancements inside the 45mm rose gold case
improve the experience of using the chronograph, the aesthetic outside is
equally impressive. The multi-dimensional silver-toned dial includes contemporary-style numerals for
the main time display and traditional numerals for the chronograph registers.
That juxtaposition of the present and past is a constant refrain that echoes
throughout the entire De Bethune collection. “Our ideal is a balance between
modern innovation and traditional watchmaking of the 18th century. Mastering
both opens the way for us to take our watches in any direction,” Jacques says.
|The chronograph pusher is positioned at the top of |
the DB28 MaxiChrono's 45mm rose gold case.