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The Manual Wind: De Bethune DB28 MaxiChrono

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Luxury watch brands are often defined by their annual production, use of materials, and obscurity.  One brand that embodies the definition of luxury watch is De Bethune.  This small Swiss brand started in 2002 by a passionate watch collector, David Zanetta, and a fourth generation watchmaker, David Flageollet, has redefined the modern luxury watch.  Combining horological innovation with futuristic design, De Bethune offers a timepiece like no other in the marketplace.  This holds true as well of their recent release, the DB28 MaxiChrono.


A synergy of classic Chronograph and modern case design, De Bethune places their multi-layer MaxiChronograph dial into the 45mm flying lug case of the DB28.  Constructed from rose gold and polished blackened zirconium, the case and dial contrast is striking.  Bringing it all together are the hands of blackened steel, blued steel, and rose gold for maximum legibility of the complication.  Lying within, De Bethune’s in house caliber DB2030 Chronograph movement which is a 5-day manual wind power reserve.  Completing this contemporary masterpiece is a single rose gold crown at the 12 o’clock for unique functionality as well as symmetry.  All that is necessary is a simple black crocodile strap to hold this work of art to the wrist.

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Defined by innovation and detail, De Bethune is a brand that pushes the limits of horology and design.  Research and development is in their DNA.  This is apparent when not only viewing one of their pieces, but also delving into the design and production of their movements.


This one might need to be mortgaged though.  With a production run of only 20 pieces for 2014, the DB28 MaxiChrono comes with a price tag of roughly $185,000 (CHF 166,000).

Take a look at the DB28 MaxiChrono in all Titainum as well as the other masterpieces by De Bethune.

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