So far we knew the watches of Bethune only in blue. One of the reasons why the manufacturer has chosen blue for so many of its watches, is because this color is linked to the notion of infinity and harmony. And so a deep blue has become the distinctive signature of De Bethune.
True as ever to the natural colors of the four elements – sky, water, earth and fire – De Bethune now explores a warmer color, as opposed to the cool color of blue. And so it is that the Maison reveals, in a new edition, natural shades of amber and flame blonde, reflecting the colors of fire, sun, warmth and luxuriance, along with the incomparable clarity that emerges from it, synonymous with energy, joy and vigour.
To create its own fiery, radical, magnetic yellow, De Bethune applies its familiar technique of gently oxidising titanium to tint its surface naturally. This ritual conjures an extraordinary, rare and uniform fire yellow.
This know-how is applied to the case components and to most of the movements components. Each element is individually examined to ensure the process is properly calibrated to suit shape and mass. This preliminary step is essential to obtain a range of uniform tones. However, the human touch and the typologies of the materials mean that tiny variations persist. These nuances are essential to De Bethune as they create a visual resonance that impacts the perception of the DB28 Yellow Tones.
Like the other De Bethune DB28 watches, the Yellow Tones features a polished titanium case mounted on the two new floating lugs unveiled this year. Entirely redesigned, of intermediate size, harmonised and adapted to the essence of the watch, they come together in the hallmark rib, more prominent here, recalling the spirit of the first De Bethune collections.
The hand-wound mechanical calibre inside is fully visible. The patented spherical moon phase is located at six o’clock. Made of steel and palladium, it is accurate for 122 years.
The calibre operates at a frequency of 4 Hz and comes with a variety of features. In addition, De Bethune has succeeded in improving the power reserve by 20 percent to six full days. All surfaces are finished by hand and feature “Côtes De Bethune”-decorated bridges and rose-work grinding on the barrel ratchets. Hours and minutes are indicated by skeleton hands and spherical indices.
The DB28 Yellow Tones is worn on an alligator strap.