At the ongoing Geneva Watch Days, the independent watch brand De Bethune unveiled the new DB28XP Kind of Blue, combining the ultra-thin and sleek aesthetics of the DB28XP from 2020, with the deep blue colour of the DB28 Kind of Blue.
The 43mm case of the watch is crafted with polished grade 5 titanium with a microlight case middle combined with the brand’s patent floating lugs. Inside is the space-inspired blued dial whose base is made of titanium and the colour is achieved through oxidation of the metal, complemented by guilloché decoration that extends from the De Bethune balance wheel aperture at 6 o’clock. The blued hours and minutes ring, as well as the barrel bridge, are made of grade 5 titanium.
The manual winding DB2115v12 movement powers the new DB28XP Kind of Blue, and its balance wheel bridge is fitted with grey gold weights on the outside, visible on the dial, to allow smooth and reliable functioning. The triangular central bridge guards are also blued and decorated with straight-grained chamfered contours. Adding more advantages to the movement such as finer adjustment, reduced height, eliminating pins, and giving it a curved shape that also could act like a shock absorber, is the De Bethune hairspring. The brand was the first to design a bridge held symmetrically from both sides added with two shock absorbers. Together this makes the design a ‘triple shock absorber’. The calibre offers about 6 days of power reserve.
The case of the watch is flanked with an alligator leather strap with alligator lining and glued grade 5 polished titanium buckle and pin. The water resistance of the watch is 30 metres.
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