De Bethune normally design timepieces that are more alien looking than anything belong in this world. They also have great admiration for ancient cultures of this world and designed quiet few ancient civilization-themed stunning watches. Introduced during the SIHH earlier this year, the DB25 Quetzalcoatl is an absolutely magnificent watch with a design inspired by ancient Mesoamerican civilization. The Quetzalcoatl, in Aztec language means “feathered serpent” and according to mythology it controlled “the cycle of time” as well as had influence over agriculture and protected artisans and goldsmiths.
Highlight of the dial, the feathered snake is engraved to the solid gold dial. The exquisite work done by artist Michèle Rothen feature a coiled Quetzalcoatl with its head and tail doubling up as hour and minute hands respectively. Design is remarkable, the two-part feathered serpent as it move around the dial still manage to maintain a coil. Specially designed hour markers portray a stylized aerial view of Aztec ruins with stepped structures at Tenochtitlan, Mexico. The center of the dial is decorated with “mirolight guilloché.”
Housed in a 44 mm white gold case, the DB25 Quetzalcoatl is powered by De Benthune’s impressive in-house made Caliber DB2005 hand-wound movement. Made from 173 parts it features among others a low-friction silicone escape wheel and a patented shock-absorption system. It also boasts 144 hours (6 days) of power reserve thanks to self-regulating twin barrels.
A limited edition with just 20 pieces, the DB25 Quetzalcoatl comes with a $120,000 price tag.