The world ofsuperior watchmaking begins to use meteorite for making ultra expensive watches. After brands Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar and Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Meteorite presented these watches, De Bethune decided to present their version of the elegant Tourbillon Meteorite. The stone from the universe that Swiss manufacturer used for creating this watch, is supposedly the meteorite from the cemetery Santiago del Estero in Argentina, which was excavated by scientists at the beginning of last year.
The new watch, named DB28 has a dark blue disk instead of a regular dial which is formed by heating the alloy of iron and nickel. The blue titanium case is 42.6mm in diameter and 9.7mm high, being relatively slim for a large watch. Waterproof up to 30m depth, it also shows a double AR – coated sapphire crystal.
The case back is is polished with 18K rose gold, which is noticeable and the linear power reserve indicator, as well as on the hands. Inspired by the universe, the dial of the watch represents the sky sprinkled with stars, hand-painted and polished iron meteorite with the stars of white gold.
The movement inside is the hand-wound calibre DB2019v3 that’s equipped with a high-speed, 30-second tourbillon that runs at 36,000 beats per hour. Made of silicon and titanium, the tourbillon also features a silicon hairspring and escape wheel.
Ultra luxury is further enriched with bracelet of soft aligator leather and polished blue titanium buckle with details of 18k rose gold.
The De Bethune DB28 Kind Of Blue Tourbillon Meteorite is priced at 280,000 CHF (approximately $277,200 at time of publishing).