De Bethune has created a new version of the DB10. This new re-edition features an extra date function and a more affordable escapement, so this new addition is in reach of more De Bethune fans.
The innovative watch brand De Bethune is led by David Zanetta en Denis Flageollet. And when I say innovative, this is exactly what I mean. De Bethune has been pushing the limits of using different materials in their movement and creating strong and daring designs like the Dream Watch. This year they release a re-issue of the DB10 that symbolizes the beginning of the brand.
The new DB10 re-issue has two main differences with the previous. First of all the re-edition now has a date function, beautifully executed with a centrally place pointer date and a silver date ring. Secondly the movement itself.
While the previous DB10 used an A.Schild movement that was entirely reworked by Dennis Flageollet and adding a reliable automatic winding system, the re-issue uses a tuned down version of caliber DB2024. This automatic movement with 6 days of power reserve is also used in the De Bethune DB25. Below you can see the new DB10 re-edition on the left, on the right is the DB25.
For the DB10 a few of the typical De Bethune innovations are left out to reduce costs and to offer an ‘entry level’ watch. This means no titanium/platinum balance wheel with flat terminal curve and also the triple pare-chute shock absorbing system is replaced by a more affordable one. Inshort, it has a more affordable escapement. The new movement is caliber DB2124, comprising of 255 components that are hand-finish and decorated. So still a typical De Bethune movement, magnificent and beautifully executed!
The case is identical to the original DB10 and features the same characteristic cone shaped lugs, like they can be found on the DB15. Also similar to the previous DB10, the new re-edition has a beautiful silver dial with hand-guilloché decoration.
The case is available in red gold, white gold and platinum and measure 42 mm in diameter. Because the DB10 is very flat, this watch wears very comfortable and still has an excellent ‘wrist-presence’.
The DB10 re-edition in rose gold and white gold will be priced at CHF 29,000 Swiss Francs. Not sure about the price of the platinum version.
- Functions: Hours, minutes, central seconds and date
- Movement: Calibre DB 2124 – mechanical automatic movement, 255 components – hand-decorated with circular-grained, snailed, chamfered and polished steel parts – 31 jewels, 28,800 vibrations per hour, self-regulating twin barrel, 6 days power reserve
- Case: Shaped case 42 mm in diameter, Cone-shaped lugs
- Crystal: Sapphire crystal on both sides, with double anti‐reflective treatment
The photos used are from Peter Chong’s post about De Bethune’s 2011 novelties.