Exemplifying its craftsmanship in building aesthetically alluring and high-performing timepieces, De Bethune has now introduced a brand-new iteration of the DB25, featuring a slice of the Muonionalusta meteorite, the world’s oldest known meteorite that struck Earth more than one million years BCE. Not only this, the DB25 Starry Varius Aérolite comes with a high-frequency tourbillon and deadbeat seconds, which are hidden behind the starry display.
Sized at 42mm, the newDe Bethune watch has been crafted from grade 5 titanium and is housed in a polished case with integrated and tapered lugs. Owing to its ergonomic design and extra-supple alligator leather strap, the timepiece ensures optimal wearability. However, it’s the dial of the DB25 Starry Varius Aérolite that takes centre stage here.
The display consists of the Muonionalusta meteorite that is largely made of iron and nickel and distinguished by the perfectly geometrical lines of its cross-hatched “Widmanstätten” pattern. Meanwhile, to add a blue starry effect, De Bethune heated and polished the meteorite and then decorated it with tiny white gold pins driven by hand into the dial along with a 24K gold leaf to represent the Milky Way. The meteorite disc is surrounded by a silver-coloured chapter ring with classical Roman numerals and there is also a central, three-hand timekeeping system.
The new De Bethune watch is powered by the manual-winding Calibre DB2109V4 that has been designed, developed, and produced at the brand’s workshop in L’Auberson. Visible through the open caseback, the movement comes with a mirror-polished, delta-shaped bridge that is positioned above the two self-regulating, hand-snailed barrels. Apart from this, the DB25 Starry Varius Aérolite also features a high-frequency tourbillon, which contains a balance wheel that oscillates at a frequency of 5Hz, or 36,000 vibrations per hour. The timepiece has a power reserve of an impressive 4 days.
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Introducing the De Bethune DB25 Starry Varius Aérolite