I feel like if you are independent watch maker manufacturing super futuristic models you are either way out there or not enough effort is put in. It’s a delicate dance. There are so many watch brands out there to compete with. So you better be good if you want a real shot!Much is the case with one of my favorite brands to think outside the box, De Bethune.
They just released a NEW watch called, The DB25L Milky Way. The case is platinum, set with 66 baguette-cut diamonds, measures 44.6mm x 11.3mm. Integrated hollowed lugs. Double AR-coated sapphire crystals. The caseback is polished white gold. I would have preferred no diamonds but they subtly placed so they don’t scream at you! Movement is the Swiss manual-wind De Bethune in-house caliber DB2105v2 with 29 jewels, 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 6 days. Functions are: hours, minutes, spherical moonphase at 12 o’clock, power reserve on caseback. It features a silicon annular balance encircled by a white gold ring,
De Bethune balance-spring with flat terminal curve, a silicon escape wheel. Spherical moonphase indicator with a precision of one lunar day every 122 years. Triple parechute shock-absorbing system. Plate and barrel bridge covered in mirror-polished steel, hand snailed barrels, and hand-polished, chamfered steel parts.
The most impressive part of this watch is The dial which features a De Bethune star-studded sky in blued and polished titanium with white gold stars pin joined by hand. Milky Way patterns produced by micro laser striking gilded with 24 carats gold leafs. Hours and minutes hands in polished rose gold. Spherical moonphase indicator in palladium and flame-blued steel.
It’s fitted on a black extra-supple alligator leather strap with alligator padding and an ardillon buckle in platinum. This is a fine example of a somewhat complicated watch that is executed to the highest standard but remains simple and clean! The price tag ain’t cheap at nearly $225,000. However, if money were no object or someone wanted to gift this to me I would wear it no questions asked!