While De Bethune watches are often described as space-ships for the wrist, there’s a new vibe radiating from this De Bethune DB27 Titan Hawk. Known for their incredibly creative watches with complex in-house movements, De Bethune is shifting colors with their latest release. Adding a luscious green to the DB27 Titan Hawk, the brand remains true to its own identity while offering refinement in their sportiest collection to date.
Every De Bethune is a sight to behold, carefully crafted to the highest possible standards and with as much in-house technology as possible. Not shy to push boundaries, exemplified by the extravagant DB28 range of watches or the Maestri’Art collection, the DB27 could be considered as De Bethune’s most restraint and subdued model. And yet, underneath it’s composed exterior it is still very much haute horlogerie levels of watchmaking.
The DB27 Titan Hawk range started in 2012 and has since seen a few guises. What all models have in common is the titanium case (matte or polished), spring-loaded swiveled and skeletonized lugs, crown at 12 o’clock and an automatic movement underneath a full dial. Originally featuring a date complication, indicated with a uniquely styled hand in the V1 model, this was replaced by the V2 model in 2018, swapping out the date function for central seconds.
The De Bethune DB27 Titan Hawk is now fitted with a dark green dial with contrasting white markings. The dial, while different in color, is styled as the other DB27 Titan Hawk’s. A concentric pattern, broken into three sections and a arrow-head shaped ridge that includes the brand and model, complete it.
Inside ticks the in-house developed AUTOV2 Calibre. This movement features automatic winding, De Bethune’s titanium balance wheel with gold inserts and the De Bethune balance spring with flat terminal curve. The oscillating weight is done in titanium and tungsten and finished in typical De Bethune blue. It runs at a 4Hz frequency (28,800vph) and has up to 60 hours of power reserve.
The term entry-level seems superbly out-of-place when talking about a De Bethune but that is what it is. Less complex than perhaps the DB28 or other creations, that doesn’t mean it is any less of a watch. The De Bethune DB27 Titan Hawk with green dial is limited to 10 numbered pieces and priced at CHF 40,000 (before taxes).
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edited 5-4-2021: changed price from 37k to 40k