Since its founding 12 years ago, the Swiss watchmaker De Bethune has distinguished itself in the world of haute horology by cultivating an aesthetic that emphasizes sleek, futuristic designs. The pinnacle of this stylistic effort is expressed in the brand’s Dream Watch series of timepieces, which welcomed its latest addition, the De Bethune Dream Watch 5, in February.
With its swooping, rounded shape, the $169,000 Dream Watch 5 is as much a sculpture as it is a timepiece. Its spaceship-like case is crafted from black polished titanium and its crown is topped with a cabochon-cut ruby. Equipped with the same movement as the DB28 Digitale, the watch relays time via a jumping-hours display and a rotating disk that indicates the minutes. A spherical moon-phase indicator comprising one blued-steel and one palladium hemisphere is located at the center of the watch. De Bethune’s hallmark silicon-and-white-gold balance wheel regulates the movement, and twin barrels provide power for up to five days. (www.debethune.ch)