Titanium as a case material is having its time in the sun recently, and De Bethune are masters of the art of titanium. Not only do they use the famously hard-to-machine metal to create sophisticated sculptural forms, as evidenced through the brand's iconic lugs, but they also polished the metal so intensely that it burns with the light of a thousand suns.
If the case is daylight, the dial is darkest night. Twelve sectors of hand-guilloché radiate from the dial's central point, adding drama and dynamism to the velvety-blue appearance of this special dial. The outer hour ring adds depth and textural variation.
Starry Starry Night
Another iconic De Bethune detail is the star-studded sky, created in impossibly vivid blued titanium, inlaid with rose gold stars and a blue moon. Here, it dominates the top of the dial, balanced by the date pointer at the six o’clock position. It’s utterly charming and technically outstanding — a perfect summary of the brand as a whole.
De Bethune’s perpetual calendar movement is the stuff of legend. The caliber on this watch, the automatic DB2324V2, is even more impressive, as it was completely reworked to fit into the 40mm case — without compromising the 120 hours of power reserve, or the numerous technical innovations, like the hairspring with a proprietary terminal curve to aid in concentric breathing.