Blue, blue, blue beauty! De Bethune knows how to put universe to work. Last month they unveiled another one of their eye-catching otherworldly timepieces, the DB25L Milky Way. For their latest creation, DB28 Kind Of Blue Tourbillon Meteorite, watchmaker is using a five-thousand-year-old extraterrestrial rock unearthed by scientists last year in Santiago del Estero, Argentina. The main feature of the iron and nickel-rich meteorite is its pock marks.
To create the dial, De Bethune sliced the meteorite into thin discs, then heated to get the vibrant sapphire blue shades for the galaxy. It was then hand-polished and drilled to make small holes to embed small white gold drops representing stars in a night sky. The blued dial also sports satin-polished 5N rose gold hour and minute hands, arrowhead-shaped hour markers on the bezel, and a minute ring made of Grade 5 satin-polished blued titanium. The tourbillion cage is located at 6 o’clock.
Almost every part of the watch is made from blued titanium including the dial, case, lugs and case back. Hidden inside the 42.6mm x 9.7mm case is a manual-winding DB2019v3 movement fitted with an ultra- light 30-second silicon and titanium tourbillon that offer 36,000 vph, and five days of power reserve on a full wind. Grade 5 titanium made blued linear power reserve indicator is located on the back. And, the entire ensemble is water resistant to 30 meters.
Completing the unique DB28 Kind Of Blue Tourbillon Meteorite is a beautiful extra-supple alligator leather strap with alligator padding, and a buckle in Grade 5 mirror-polished and blued titanium, and an ardillon in 5N rose gold. A limited edition of one, the DB28 comes with a sky-high price tag of $278,000.
Source: De Bethune