De Bethune’s New DB28 Digitale Blends Past and Present

  • Photo by Denis Hayoun
    The new De Bethune DB28 Digitale Photo by Denis Hayoun
  • The new De Bethune DB28 Digitale
  • Photo by Denis Hayoun

The new De Bethune DB28 Digitale is a striking combination of classic technique and avant-garde design. It marks a departure from the typical dial aesthetic of the DeBethune DB28 series; rather than displaying sleek bridges and balance wheels, the Digitale sports a clean dial with a hand-carved barleycorn guilloche finish. The watch—priced at approximately $105,000—uses a rotating analog dial to indicate minutes and a digital jumping display to indicate hours. At the center of the dial, a rotating sphere composed of one blued-steel and one palladium hemisphere, serves as a moon-phase indicator—one so accurate that it will not require adjustment for 1,112 years. To take advantage of the strength and resilience of titanium while preserving the watch’s futuristic design, De Bethune has applied the traditional art of steel bluing to the metal. This material encircles the moon-phase indicator and runs in a band along the minutes dial that is encrusted with bits of white gold to create the illusion of stars in the night sky.

A sapphire crystal on the back of the Digitale’s titanium case allows observation of the watch’s movement, which features a design resembling those normally found on the faces of other watches in the DB28 line. A De Bethune hallmark, the movement is equipped with self-regulating twin barrels that provide a power reserve of up to five days. Blending past with present, the movement’s bridges sport the traditional Côtes de Genève finish, while its silicon-and-white-gold balance wheel is pure 21st-century innovation. (www.debethune.ch)

From Around the Web...
Greubel Forsey Grande Sonnerie
The company devoted 11 years and more than 900 components to the creation of the chiming watch…
Here’s where the smart money should be spent at one of Geneva’s biggest watch auctions of 2017…
HYT H0 Silver
HYT hands over their latest mechanical gem with fluid hour indication for us to take a closer look…
Ulysse Nardin Diver Le Locle
Modeled after a vintage Ulysse Nardin Diver from 1964, the new watch’s inner workings are anything...
Is green slowly becoming the new blue of the watch world?...
The auction is a great indicator that the collector market is still strong, and buyers’ tastes...
We talk to experts from Bonhams, Phillips, and Christie’s about their favorite watches crossing the...
We put Hublot’s hand-wound wonder through its paces as we travel from New York to Basel and back...
As brands look to satisfy the growing call for individuality, watch engraving is more popular than...
Value remains the name of the game for the luxury watch market and these seven watches deliver it...