De Bethune which had previously created some special masterpieces last year, including the De Grissogono Otturatore and the DB25 for Only Watch 2011, has now introduced another horological masterpiece in the DB28 Aiguille d’Or. Released as a limited edition of just 50 units, it will re-master the technology and engineering which it had shown last year and won awards, at the Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix. Setting it apart in the now crowded world of luxury watches, is the special pocket watch shaped exterior frame of the casing, all made from high grade titanium.
The DB28 Aiguille comes with a distinctively different Grade 5 titanium casing, which has been given a sort of multi-faceted design. Even though the central portion remains circular in shape, the outer frame bears a prominent pocket watch-like shape which shows shades of the old world charm. The next most prominent is the delicately worked hours and minutes hands, where the minute wand carries a pink gold baguette design, apart from its delicate shape. This perhaps lends it a regal aesthetic touch. Beneath this is a partially exposed skeleton of the core movement which is based around the DB2115 caliber movement with 2 barrels. Out of the many microscopic parts, 29 are precious jewels, which play their own part in the 28,800 vibrations per hour beating rate. The power reserve of this mechanism is pegged at 6-days, before a rewind is needed.
Since recent times have shown many watches with their own moon trackers, this one too feature it’s own at the 6’o’ clock position. Helps in watching the different phases of earth’s only satellite. Other notable features include the hand coated dial, Cotes de Bethune motif, apart from the black alligator leather strap. Anti reflective and scratch proof sapphire crystal covering has been put on both sides of the watch, which includes the front dial, and the rear end exposed skeleton. Also, if there are options you are looking for, then one of these can be ordered for in rose gold and blue enamel casing, as pictured above. Word about the pricing isn’t out as yet.