In 2009, De Bethune unveils a new sophisticated timepiece - the DB26. The harmonious case and the dial reflect high expertise of the master watchmakers working in the De Bethune workshops. Moreover, the timepiece accommodates a new calibre, the DB2005, a perpetual calendar manufacture movement.
The dial of the De Bethune DB26 watch catches the glance by the highly original sapphire hands outlined by hand-blued steel. The hands boast ideal transparency, so , no matter what is the position of the hands, all the indications featured by the dial are absolutely easy-to-read, including the date, the day and the month.
The zest of the dial is the De Bethune spherical moon that rotates on its own axis and precisely shows the Moon phases. The “moon” is created with two parts, one steel and the other platinum, and is manually flame-blued. Right next to the moon, you will notice a tiny round window indicating the years of the leap-year cycle. The original blued steel indexes point to the month and the day in the separate windows in the upper and lower part of the dial.
The case of the new De Bethune watch, 44.4 mm in diameter, is crafted in pink or grey palladium and is gold plated. The strap is attached to the case with help of original moving cradles, so that the timepiece
may fit perfectly to the size of its wearer’s wrist. One more unconventional touch is the winding crown found at 6 o’clock.
The De Bethune DB26 watch is equipped with the new DB2005 calibre based on the 2004 calibre. The new hand-wound movement incorporates all the latest technological achievements of the brand. The 339-part movement is fitted with a self-adjusting double spring barrel. The spring barrels’ special design allows to eliminate friction and to transmit the maximum energy amount in the most efficient way.
The 25-jewel movement performs 28,800 vibrations per hour and provides a 5-day power reserve presented on the case back of the watch.