With the new DB28 Digitale, De Bethune successfully merged aesthetic elements typical of 18th century fine watchmaking with a contemporary and distinctive design producing a creative interpretation of three different display modes: digital for the jumping hours, analogue for the minutes and spherical for the moon phases.
The dial is beautifully adorned with a silver-toned guilloché barleycorn motif with the spherical moon and the star-studded sky at center stage.
The moon has two polished hemispheres, one in palladium and the other in flame-blued steel, and indicate the moon phases with a degree of precision corresponding to a difference of just one lunar day every 1,112 years. The peripheral depiction of the sky is spread from 9 and 3 o’clock above the minutes disc driven by a sophisticated micro-ball bearing mechanism that also powers the digital hours display.
The polished titanium ultra-light 40 mm case of the DB28 is fitted with a 12 o’clock crown and equipped with the patented floating lugs system enabling a perfect adjustment to the wrist and its movements.
The back of the watch reveals the exceptional standard of De Bethune movements, featuring flame-blued steel parts and bridges adorned with a Côtes de Genève style motif, reworked to accentuate the way light is reflected on the material.
The hand-wound DB2144 calibre is equipped with the exclusive De Bethune self-regulating twin barrel offering 5 days of power reserve, circular silicon/white gold balance wheel beating at 28,800 vph, balance-spring with flat end curve, as well as the triple pare-chute shock-absorbing system.
The De Bethune motto, "Not doing more, but instead doing it better", well applies to the DB28 Digitale.