Independent brand De Bethune’s latest celestial creation is inspired by our very own Milky Way
Over the last few years, De Bethune has produced some remarkable watches with a space-age slant from its own manufacture. Take the spaceship-shaped DW5, for example, or consider the DB25T Zodiac with its 12 solid gold astrological signs placed between the hours.
Now there is the beautiful platinum DB25L Milky Way (or, pleasingly, ‘Voie Lactée’ if you’re in Switzerland). Our home galaxy has been shrunk to fit a 44.6mm watch, and its stars have been scattered across the heat-blued, mirror-polished titanium dial. De Bethune creates the best blues in the industry, bar none, and this is no exception.
Some of the stars are tiny white gold spheres, each one pin-joined by hand; others have been picked out by laser and finished with 24ct gold leaf. The hour markers are also spheres of white gold, although substantially larger (supergiants, perhaps?) whilst the rose gold pomme-shaped hands – beautifully curved by hand – add warmth to the iridescent dial.
De Bethune can be forgiven for abandoning interstellar scale when it comes to the trademark spherical moonphase that rotates just below 12 o’clock. Half-blued steel, half-palladium, it only requires adjustment once every 122 years.
Below the dial, the caseband is set with 66 baguette-cut diamonds – whilst this may not sound subtle, viewed from above they are only just visible, keeping attention on the dial.
Turn the DB25L Milky Way over and you’ll see the futuristic-looking, hand-wound DB2105v2, a version of which previously appeared in the DB28 Skybridge.
De Bethune’s patented silicon and white gold balance wheel appears amidst plenty of mirror-polished steel. A self-regulating twin barrel gives 6 days’ worth of power reserve, measured on a discreet indicator right beside the balance wheel.
The DB25L Milky Way has been priced at 225,000 CHF.
For more information on the De Bethune DB25L Milky Way, visit here.