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The De Bethune DB Eight Chronograph Monopusher

De Bethune are releasing its 31st in-house calibre, and it's a handsome, classic chronograph with a twist.

| By Brice Goulard | 2 min read |
De Bethune DB Eight Chronograph

While you might have in mind recent creation of De Bethune with modern displays and a bold case with floating lugs, the brand has also a long tradition of making classically-shaped chronographs, with an extremely elegant shape with ogive-designed lugs. These watches, known under the names DB1 and DB8, have a source of inspiration for a sort of encore, as the brand releases its 31st in-house movement, a mono pusher chronograph that is following the ultra-complex movement of the MaxiChrono. Here’s the new De Bethune DB Eight. 

De Bethune DB Eight Chronograph

The first watch of De Bethune, the DB1, was a classic two-register chronograph with a mono pusher architecture. And following this tradition, the brand is now releasing a watch that somehow pays tribute to this handsome, very elegant watch – of course already with a twist. With its mix of classic watchmaking elements and a case that was featuring now emblematic ogive-shaped lugs, it has become a hallmark watch for the brand. And the latest creation is its direct descendant.

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Named De Bethune DB Eight, this new watch comes back to the more discreet and elegant style of early DB watches, with a 42.4mm case in polished titanium with a very slender profile of 9.2mm – yes, for a chronograph, that is extremely thin. Sleek, yet original, the case is paired with an equally elegant dial with Breguet numerals, blued hands and two different hand-guilloche patterns. Very tasteful indeed.

De Bethune DB Eight Chronograph

This back-to-basics however has its own twist, with an unusual display for the chronograph function. The DB Eight appears first as a time-only watch with… two seconds hand. But it’s not. Hours and minutes in the center, and the rest is devoted to the Chrono, with a central seconds and a 60-minute sub-dial. The chronograph is actuated by the crown, which serves for winding, adjusted and starting the chrono.

De Bethune DB Eight Chronograph

Inside the case is the hand-wound, in-house calibre DB3000. The brand’s 31st movement and a new development, it’s also the 4th monopusher chronograph conceived by Denis Flageollet, following the DB1, DB8 and Maxichrono. It has a classic column-wheel architecture with instaneous 60-minute counter. Being the brainchild of Flageollet, it comes with the usual delicacies – titanium balance with gold masses, De Bethune spiral and silicon escape wheel. Running at 4Hz, it stores 60h of power reserve and is entirely finished by hand, yet shows a modern style with multiple openings on the bridges.

De Bethune DB Eight Chronograph

De Bethune DB Eight Chronograph

Worn on a supple alligator strap, this De Bethune DB Eight Chronograph Monopusher is a superb tribute to the brand’s earliest years. We’ll give you more details later, once able to go hands-on with this handsome watch. Price is set at CHF 85,000. More details at

4 responses

  1. Gosh, anything De Bethune touch turns to gold. Denis Flageollet is without a doubt one of the best watchmakers to ever grace this craft.

  2. ” to go where no man has gone before”… just quoting a phrase at the start of the 60’s series “Star Trek”…. Honestly, I’m now wondering why so much effort is spent on something where telling the time ( isnt this the main function of a watch?) is no longer of any importance. Truly a silly industry.

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