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De Bethune DB28 Skybridge Watch

by Jonathan Fairfield
31 January, 2013
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Jonathan lives and works in Thailand as a writer and English Teacher. He is fanatical about football which makes it all the more strange that he should support Stockport County. In addition to watches, Jonathan has a passion for fitness and nutrition and writes for a blog on the subject.

De Bethune DB28 Skybridge Watch

Swiss luxury watchmaker De Bethune is well known for creating distinctive looking timepieces and the DB28 Skybridge watch is no exception. The aesthetic design and unique looks of the watch makes for an interesting addition to the brand’s DB28 collection. In fact, De Bethune is an interesting watchmaker full stop, as all of their watches look pretty unique to anything else you might find on the market today.

Showcased at SIHH 2013, the DB28 Skybridge looks futuristic and very stylish and would be perfect to wear if you ever happen to be invited to a black tie event somewhere in outer space! Taking a closer look at the watch, the extremely light titanium case has been mirror polished and features the signature lugs that can be found in other models in the DB28 collection.

The incredible looking dial is presented in De Bethune’s now distinctive blue colour, which the brand has used in its watches over the last eleven or so years.  The concave dial is made from mirror polished blued titanium and has been crafted to look like a star studded sky. The watch’s spherical moon phase display is further emphasised by an arrow shaped bridge that points through the centre of the watch towards infinity and beyond.

The dial is also encrusted with diamond and white gold stars. The watch’s hour markers are made from polished steel that almost look like they are floating in mid air. The dial is then surrounded by a minute circle, with the time being indicated by two mirror polished steel flamed blue hands.

At the very heart of the watch is the calibre DB2105 mechanical hand wound movement. Featuring 236 separate components and 27 jewels, the movement beats at a frequency of 28,800vph and has a 6 day power reserve.

Prices for the DB28 Skybridge start at around 98,000 Swiss Francs (about £67,400).

Specifications

Functions: Hours, minutes and a spherical moon phase indicator at 12 o’clock.

Movement: Mechanical hand wound calibre DB2105 movement, measuring 30mm in diameter and containing 236 parts. The movement also features a 6 day power reserve, as well as a self regulating twin barrel and silicon/palladium balance wheel.

Display: The dial features the De Bethune star studded sky, which is made from blued mirror polished titanium (grade 5). Encrusted with white gold and diamond stars, the dial also features a spherical hour marker made from polished steel and blued mirror polished steel hands.

Case: Including the the bezel, the case measures 45mm in diameter and is made from grade 5 titanium, with a transparent caseback.

Strap: Alligator leather with pin buckle.

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Jonathan lives and works in Thailand as a writer and English Teacher. He is fanatical about football which makes it all the more strange that he should support Stockport County. In addition to watches, Jonathan has a passion for fitness and nutrition and writes for a blog on the subject.

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