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De Bethune Dream Watch Meteorite
De Bethune’s latest masterpiece, the Dream Watch Meteorite (DWM) is just that, a dream watch made from a meteorite. A piece unique utilising the rarest of materials: that of an extraterrestrial meteorite. A true enigma, and one that is as polarising to the masses as it is impressive, the DWM is the kind of timepiece the world never expected. Its an amalgamation of a daring passion coupled with extraordinary watchmaking that really defines not just the DWM, but also De Bethune as an identified high horology atelier.
Beginning with the case, and lets just get the obvious out of the way. It certainly won’t appeal to everyone. The haute horlogerie purists will see this as an intrusive and downright offensive timepiece, and their words will reverberate throughout the watch-loving community. To be quite honest, when I first came across the DWM I was quite skeptical, and a bit apprehensive. The DWM’s brash design wasn’t exactly to my immediate liking, and while its sound mechanics impressed, I couldn’t help but question its design. But, after reading up on the piece and looking at it from a subjective point of view, I can safely say I’m definitely a fan.
The case is made of, yep you guessed it, a meteorite. Its incredible to think that something forged in the deepest part of space, that travelled hundreds of thousands of light years and that crashed into our Earth has somehow found its way onto someone’s wrist. The case has been reworked by the team at De Bethune. First they carved out the most appealing and most workable part of the meteorite. Then they flame-blued the case in order to retain its original anthracite colour. Believe me, the process is far more complicated than you can imagine, but the end result is a one of a kind case that, strangely enough, looks similar to that of a universe backdrop. De Bethune have gone one step further and crafted the piece to look similar to that of a spaceship, with the ruby crown at what would be 3 o’clock on a conventional timepiece looking like the exhaust funnel.
The mechanics of the piece are as equally as impressive as its aesthetic, and for that I commend De Bethune. They could have forgone the use of a high-end movement and opted instead to focus on the aesthetics solely while employing a base-grade caliber, but instead they opted to incorporate a movement of the utmost quality. The manually wound caliber DB2149 utilises a high-speed tourbillon beating at one-tenth of a second, making a complete revolution in 30 seconds. The mechanism also holds the patented balance wheel ringed in white gold. De Bethune have also chosen to use their patented balance spring which features a flat terminal curve, which of course was developed in-house. The movement displays the time in a digital representation through the use of a jumping-hours and a second-dragging-minute disc. There is also a spherical moonphase which only requires adjustment once every 1,112 years. Pulling out the ruby crown enables the wearer to wind the piece, which gives a power reserve of approximately 4-days when fully wound.
A truly spectacular watch that is a wonderful representation of what can happen when someone decides to create what they imagine. The DWM is a personification of De Bethune’s ability physically manifest what can be conceived, and it’s been executed to perfection. The DWM is a flawless machine that astounds and amazes, and is a brilliant example of just how far watchmaking can go when you have the ability to conceive and create. Remarkable, breathtaking and completely captivating.
Case: Iron meteorite
Case Diameter: 58mm (L); 47mm (W)
Case Thickness: 16mm (H)
Glass: Hardened mineral crystal
Crown: One-carat cabochon ruby with a diamond insert
Caseback: Hardened mineral crystal
Water Resistant: 3 ATM
Dial: Flange in grade 5 blued titanium
Power Reserve: 4 days
Strap: Extra-supple alligator skin with alligator padding
Buckle: In iron meteorite with ardillon in polished and blued titanium
Edited by E. F. S