De Bethune DBW5, White Gold

£42,000
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This DB5W is a classically-styled and understated piece that was released in the first year of De Bethune's launch. An early exploration of their style, it is one of supposedly just 9 examples with a closed caseback, and only 21 in white gold. The watch bears several cues that are still present in later work, but represents the earliest thinking of a newly established independent brand.

A DESIRE FOR TOTAL INDEPENDENCE

Perched in the Jura Mountains, hugging the border with France, is the small hamlet of L’Auberson, home of De Bethune. This is where the brand was born in 2002 when David Zanetta, an Italian collector and dealer of art and vintage watches, joined forces with Denis Flageollet, a fourth-generation watchmaker from France.
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buy & sell rara De Bethune preowned watch at A Collected Man London

Right from the very first day, 22 April 2002, they made their intentions for the manufacture known. Instead of putting their own names on the dial, as so many of their contemporaries at the time were doing, the duo looked to the past for inspiration. They named it after Chevalier De Bethune, the 18th-century French nobleman and revolutionary escapement designer. It was fitting – it indicated the importance the duo placed on the history of classical watchmaking and the kind of inventiveness that had driven the brand’s namesake. Both Zanetta and Flageollet were convinced right from the start that what they were trying to do could not amount to just another watch brand; it had to be a manufacture in the truest sense of the word.