Generally, simplicity is key for me when it comes to the way watches display the time or complications. Very rarely will I be interested in watches that are super machined and use different alloys or find innovative ways of adapting classic complications.
The new De Bethune DB28 Digitale has totally knocked me off of my feet! This jumping hour moonphase is modern, simple yet very innovative. The 43 mm polished titanium case is super clean, minimilist, light and very durable, while the hand guillioche barleycorn motif is a very captivating and provides incredible contrast to the blued spherical moon and star-studded sky. The layout of the sky is spanned between the 9 to 3 o’clock position above the minutes disc and powered by a micro-ball bearing mechanism that also drives the digital jump hours display.
The 43 mm polished titanium case houses the in house Swiss Manual wind De Bethune DB2144 movement with a power reserve of five days. This is the life force that drives the functions of aperture-type jumping hours, rotating-disc analogue minutes display, spherical moon-phase indication at the center.
Technical Specs for the De Bethune DB28 Digitale
Case- 43 mm polished titanium
Movement- Swiss manual-wind De Bethune in-house caliber DB2144 with 32 jewels, 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 5 days. Functions are aperture-type jumping hours, rotating-disc analogue minutes display, spherical moon-phase indication at the center.
The dial has a hand-guilloché barleycorn motif, together with a spherical moon and a star-studded sky. The spherical moon has two polished hemispheres one in palladium and the other in flame-blued steel indicate the moon phases with a degree of precision corresponding to a difference of just one lunar day every 1,112 years.
The peripheral depiction of the sky is spread from 9 and 3 o’clock above the minutes disc driven by a micro-ball bearing mechanism that also powers the digital hours display.
The strap is extra supple alligator with a titanium pin buckle.