De Bethune DB27 Titan Hawk, Salmon Dial, Titanium

£70,000
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This DB27 Titan Hawk* is an intriguing example that combines the classic and contemporary aspects of De Bethune’s aesthetics. Part of the “V2” series, this piece bears a rarely seen salmon dial and is an excellent choice for any collector looking to add a distinctive piece of independent watchmaking to their collection.

THE ORIGINS: 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.

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. 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.

The escapement designed and created by Chevalier De Bethune, the man the brand is named after, courtesy of Euro-Clock.

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. Read the article here.