The Geneva Watch Days began its 4th edition with a presentation of fresh innovations by watchmakers such as MB&F, H. Moser & Cie., and Laurent Ferrier. De Bethune introduced its spectacular chronometer at the event.
Dubbed the DB2X8XP Kind of Blue, this 43 mm watch represents a fusion of the brand’s previously unveiled DB28XP and DB28 Kind of Blue models. The brand intended to encapsulate the “finest of both domains” within an elegantly extraterrestrial design, meticulously fashioned from polished, azure-tinged grade 5 titanium. Employing an innovative micro-light technique, traditionally used in guilloché craftsmanship, the dial gains depth, imparting an uncanny resemblance to the iconic Star Trek emblem.
The timepiece, measuring 43 millimeters in diameter, showcases a lustrous azure-tinged casing constructed from grade 5 titanium, coupled with a micro-light-infused watch face.
The micro-light finish on the main plate extends to the outer periphery of the baseband. De Bethune notes that this particular facet posed a formidable challenge due to the absence of conventional geometric components within the timepiece’s design. The most striking attribute of this piece is its luminous azure hue, achieved naturally through oxidation.
The inner workings of the timepiece are nothing short of remarkable. Nestled beneath the surface of this futuristic chronometer is the manual-winding DB2115v12 caliber. It is equipped with De Bethune’s ultra-thin hairspring, which ensures precise center of gravity regulation through a flat curve, ingeniously situated on the exterior.
DeBethune made a conscientious effort to fashion a blade with varying thicknesses, thereby reducing height and enhancing fine balance-wheel adjustment. This curved configuration also doubles as an impromptu shock absorber. These horological feats culminated in an impressive six-day power reserve for the new model, a full day longer than that of the DB28 Kind of Blue.
Despite its openwork design, the DB2X8XP Kind of Blue boasts an exclusive triple shock-absorption system, discernible through the dial. An asymmetrical bridge stabilizes the balance wheel, while two shock absorbers positioned at each extremity, along with the balance wheel’s inherent absorber, synergize to reinforce the timepiece’s structural integrity. The lightweight chronometer is complemented by an alligator strap featuring a titanium clasp.
De Bethune’s DB2X8XP Kind of Blue is available at a retail price of $125,000, with deliveries scheduled between September and October.