Two Distinct Faces Can Be Swapped On A Dime With De Bethune's New Double-Sided Watch
An ideal watch for those who are ambivalent about watches.
A limited edition timepiece from De Bethune won't let their taste decide whether it is classic or contemporary.
In an DB Kind of Two Tourbillon, there are two distinct faces, each expressing a different aspect of the boutique watchmaker's style: Side "A" is more experimental, forward-looking, while side "B" is more refined and elegant. The floating lugs of the model, each equipped with a rotating mechanism comprised of 28 components, make it easy to switch between the two by swiveling the case on its central axis.
There is a tourbillon at 6 o'clock, a perfect symmetrical deltoid-shaped bridge at center, and central hours and minutes hands on the contemporary face. On the traditional side, a hand-guilloché central part surrounds Arabic numerals recognizable to fans of the brand's DB8 and DB10 dials.
In order for the hands to turn in the right direction on both sides of the watch, a single, perfectly reversible mechanism must be created with great sophistication. A combination of polished and curved shapes, matte and glossy components, as well as varying thicknesses, can be said about the 42.8 mm titanium case. As a tourbillon watch, the watch measures just 9.5 mm in height, which is extremely slim.
There are only 10 pieces left in the limited edition, each retailing for $250,000, and the brand reports all 10 pieces have been sold within 24 hours, some to retailers and some to private buyers.