For 2015 DeBethune has created a stunning timepiece, the DB25T Zodiac. It reflects upon the 12 Zodiac signs and features an ultra light tourbillon with “jumping seconds”.
The round case of the DB25 and its elegantly openworked lugs frame a polished and blued titanium sky adorned with hand-engravings on solid gold and representing the 12 zodiac signs. These symbols, which are an integral part of the aesthetic and artistic world of horology, lend a sense of infinity to the depth of the De Bethune star-studded sky.
The radiance instilled by the silver-toned guilloché decoration radiating from the dial centre contributes to the multiple shimmering light effects on the finely grained rings, and on the openworked polished yellow gold hands
DeBethune wished to revive the traditions of the golden age of horology by infusing the DB2109 movement with the soul and the majesty of the great historical regulator clocks. “Jumping seconds” was a natural choice to impart a noble cadence to the passing of time. The components are pared down to essentials and feature simplicity whererequired and complexity where necessary. A deltoid-shaped bridge adorned with the “Côtes De Bethune” motif supports the central seconds hand, while a double lever with four pallets drives the double gold wheel of this “jumping seconds”. The latter performs an impressive mechanical ballet rendered technically feasible by new technologies, but which is bound to thrill the heart – and mind – of any devotee of classical mechanisms.
A deltoid-shaped bridge adorned with the “Côtes De Bethune” motif supports the central seconds hand, while a double lever with four pallets drives the double gold wheel of this “jumping seconds”. The latter performs an impressive mechanical ballet rendered technically feasible by new technologies, but which is bound to thrill the heart – and mind – of any devotee of classical mechanisms.
Further enhancing this intensely private performance visible exclusively on the back of the watch, De Bethune has equipped the DB2109 with its silicon-titanium tourbillon making one rotation every 30 seconds at the optimal frequency of 36,000 vph. This ultra-light tourbillon comprises 63 parts, of which the lightest weighs less than 0.0001 grams and the heaviest 0.0276 grams!
Refined decorations and well-balanced lines: this creation embodies the very essence of horological emotions, along with a form of absolute and uncompromising beauty.
Specifications from Press Release
DB25T Zodiac DB25TWS3V3 – 20-piece limited edition
- Mechanical hand-wound movement
- Diameter: 30 mm
- 320 Components – hand-crafted finishing and decoration –
- Côtes De Bethune – blued titanium bridges and parts
- Self-regulating twin barrel*
- Silicon/white gold balance – balance-spring with flat terminal curve *
- De Bethune silicon/titanium 36,000 vph 30-second tourbillon*
- Central jumping seconds*
- Silicon escape-wheel*
- 50 jewels
- Frequency: 36,000 vibrations per hour
- Power reserve: 4 days
* Manufacture De Bethune patents and innovations
Functions: hours – minutes – central jumping seconds – movement operating indicator at 12 o’clock – tourbillon with 30-seconds indication on the back
- White gold, drum-shaped
- Diameter 44 mm
- Thickness 10, 6 mm
- Attachments: hollowed lugs
- Crystal: sapphire crystal, 1800 Vickers hardness with double anti-reflective treatment
- Crown at 3 o’clock – setting in two positions
- Back: open – De Bethune 30″ silicon/titanium Tourbillon, 36,000 vph – central jumping seconds
- Dial: guilloché silver-toned – silver-toned hours and minutes rings – De Bethune star-studded
sky in blued mirror-polished titanium inlaid with solid white gold stars, featuring solid gold
inserts hand-engraved by artist Michèle Rothen representing the 12 zodiac signs.
- Hands: yellow gold hours and minutes hand, jumping seconds hand in hand-polished and
Strap: Navy blue – extra-supple alligator leather with pin buckle