Thursday, January 24, 2013
The De Bethune DB28 Skybridge is an ethereal new addition to the DB28 series, and you just know that the PR people in the Swiss mountains have been working overtime when they say ‘an infinite expanse of the heavenly firmament stretches across its dreamlike face. Ancestral skills and the latest scientific breakthroughs meet and mingle under the impetus of David Zanetta and Denis Flageollet.’
While classically inspired in terms of its round shape, its 12 o’clock crown and its hunter-type back borrowed from pocket watches, the ultra-light 43mm mirror-polished titanium case of the DB28 features the same distinctive floating lugs as others in the DB28 series. The dial however is less complex, but nonetheless stunning looking, like something James Bond might wear to the casino.
The Skybridge features a 45mm polished bezel, while the dial is a shimmering representation of the sky at night, said to be intensely radiant.
With a reference to the famous 18th century clocks, the watch derives its power and beauty from its concave shape and its multiple decorations are crafted in the company workshops in the village of L’Auberson. The spherical moon-phase display is accentuated by an arrow-shaped bridge that appears to be pointing towards infinity.
The gorgeous flame-blued and mirror-polished steel hands sweep across the dial highlighted by a minute circle.
The watch is powered by the DB2105 in-house and hand-wound movement from De Bethune. There is no date or second hand to detract from the aura of the dial.
The dial is also sprinkled with white gold and diamond stars and then topped with hour-markers resembling tiny suspended spheres, lending a sense of timeless depth to the inner core of the watch. A stunning dress watch for special occasions.
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As Chronoswiss celebrates the 30th anniversary of its founding, the legendary Régulateur will turn 25. This special anniversary watch is actually an “untypical” Régulateur, in that it includes a window at the 12 o’clock position. It is here that the hour is placed within a “digital” display. The minute display has moved upward, intersecting the display of seconds.
As an exclusive anniversary model, the Régulateur 30 will be available in a limited edition of 130 pieces in the red gold case and 300 pieces in the stainless steel case.
The distinctive dial pays homage to the original Kairos model and features a lavish barleycorn guilloché pattern cut into the pure Sterling silver dial and emanating from its centre.
Both versions also contain a chessboard guilloché pattern within the minute and seconds subdials. This timeless aesthetic is completed by thermally blued hands, which have been manually ground and display precisely the right length for the dials’ displays.
There are also less obvious details these will continue to play a large role at Chronoswiss in the future – for the next 30 years and beyond.
Chronoswiss is a German watch manufacturer based in Karlsfeld. The company was founded by Gerd R. Lang in 1983 with the mission to make the most extraordinary mechanical timepieces. Prior to founding Chronoswiss, Lang had gained significant experience in manufacturing movements for other major brands.
Chronoswiss tries to stay exclusive by only producing about 7,000 watches per year. Though a German company, every component is produced in Switzerland and then the watches are hand-finished.
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