Intergalactic watch-faces are becoming increasingly popular, but few look as good as this unique DB28 from De Bethune
From Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Master Calendar to Parmigiani Fleurier’s Tonda 1950 Meteorite, watches sporting meteorite dials are proliferating throughout the industry. But where many watches with these otherworldly dials are finished with a Widmanstätten pattern (created by etching a cross-section of meteorite with weak acid) the new DB28 Kind of Blue Tourbillon Meteorite has a rather unusual aesthetic. On this occasion, the meteorite has been heated, polished and laced with tiny tiny white gold stars – typical of De Bethune watches.
Just over a year ago, the brand unveiled an updated, one-off variant of the Dream Watch 5 (£360,000), whose case was made entirely from a bluish-purple meteorite. This time, the meteorite dial (originally unearthed in Campo del Cielo, or Field of Heaven in Santiago del Estero, Argentina) is paired with the case of the original DB28 Kind of Blue, and the colours are a match made in heaven. The DB28 has seen a number of variations in recent years but this is certainly the most unique.
The watch is powered by De Bethune’s DB2019v3 30-second tourbillon caliber, which when fully wound should stay powered for five days. The one-off piece has a retail price of £225,000 so we don’t expect it to be up for grabs for long. debethune.com