Amidst the multitude of independent brands that have emerged in recent years, only a handful can rival the exceptional craftsmanship of De Bethune timepieces. Regarded as one of the foremost independent watchmakers of our time, De Bethune has firmly established a distinct identity by consistently cultivating their own unparalleled style. The De Bethune DB25 Midnight Blue you see here today is a perfect example of this.
With a remarkable focus on ergonomics, finishing, and craftsmanship, the DB25 Midnight Blue showcases precisely why this esteemed brand garners such reverence within the watchmaking industry. Stripped of any superfluous complications that might overshadow its design, this time-only timepiece is propelled by the impeccably hand-finished and decorated 6-day power reserve manually-wound cal. DB2024 movement.
The movement itself is a testament to De Bethune's innovative spirit. Featuring 49 jewels, 287 parts and building upon the brand's past breakthroughs, it incorporates self-regulating twin mainspring barrels, a patented titanium/platinum balance, a balance spring with a flat terminal curve, and a triple pare-chute shock-absorbing system. Notably, the movement also showcases blued grade 5 titanium components and bridges, enhancing its visual allure when admired through the exhibition caseback.
While the movement of the DB25 Midnight Blue is undoubtedly impressive, it is the design of its dial that truly captures the essence of De Bethune's signature aesthetic. The blue glossy centre portion of the dial is crafted from a polished blued titanium plate, which presumably evokes the tranquillity and allure of a moonlit night, creating a captivating focal point. Surrounding this celestial scene is a luxurious convex white enamel outer sector adorned with beautifully hand-painted numerals. This dial is a true work of art, I must say.
Despite the DB25's unconventional case design, De Bethune also made a concerted effort to ensure that functionality and wearability were not compromised in any way. The hollowed-out lugs of the timepiece are specifically designed to sit ergonomically on the wrist, providing a comfortable and secure fit. This attention to detail ensures that the DB25, despite its distinctive appearance, wears as comfortably as any conventional timepiece,
With its insane craftsmanship, impressive movement, and intricate dial details, De Bethune as a brand is becoming increasingly popular, and the DB25 acts as the perfect ‘gateway’ into this brand.