This latest model, featuring finely crafted lines and elegance that may be admired from both sides, testifies to an ongoing aesthetic quest that David Zanetta, who designed this creation, defines as “dedicated to serving beauty through the readability and functionality of the object”.
In the village of L’Auberson, expert hands meticulously craft the grade 5 titanium, displaying perfect mastery of the delicate mirror-polishing technique gracing the case, the floating lugs and the domed back of the Titan Hawk.
The floating lugs are fitted with a patented system of springs that enables the watch to adjust to the wrist and to its wearer’s movements, in harmony with De Bethune’s consistent concern for comfort and for cutting-edge aesthetic appeal.
The silver-toned colour of the grained dial sparkles in the centre thanks to the microlight accompanying the central calendar read-off, surrounded by a chapter ring and minute circle featuring a rounded shape and raised numerals.
The cut-out hands including the atypically shape date pointer are in steel, hand-polished and flame-blued in the De Bethune workshops, where time-honoured know-how is combined with technical mastery and artistic genius.
The DB27 Titan Hawk is equipped with a mechanism boasting the kind of proven technical features dear to Denis Flageollet, who continues to broaden and perfect the technical knowledge of the Manufacture. The silicon and white gold annular balance wheel revealed through the case-back powers the latest self-winding in-house calibre – driving the central hour, minute and date functions – named S233 after the specific gravity of silicon. This ideally modular movement incorporates the main De Bethune technological breakthroughs, making it the most complete calibre of its generation.
The power of this majestic bird of prey will firmly grasp the wrists of watchmaking enthusiasts, aesthetes and fervent devotees of fine mechanisms – all of whom will be able to appreciate on a daily basis the lightness, sturdiness, aesthetic finesse, comfort and reliability of this model epitomising the inimitable De Bethune expertise and technology.
|Functions||:||Hours - minutes - date|
|Movement||:||Calibre S233 – mechanical self-winding |
Mainplate hand-decorated and snailed, hand-chamfered and polished steel parts
The S233 movement incorporates the major De Bethune technological breakthroughs:
|Frequency||:||28,800 vibrations per hour|
|Power reserve||:||6 days|
|Case||:||distinctive shape, 43 mm in diameter, made from mirror-polished grade 5 titanium|
|Lugs||:||Short, floating type* in grade 5 titanium with pivoting system. Their springs follow the shape of the wrist and its movements|
|Glass||:||Sapphire crystal with double glareproofing, 1800 Vickers|
|Crown||:||Screw-locked at 12 o’clock – adjustable in two positions|
|Back||:||Solid, in mirror-polished grade 5 titanium with window revealing the balance wheel|
|Chapter ring||:||With Roman numerals|
|Minute circle||:||With Arabic numerals placed around the rim of the dial. |
|Hands||:||Blued stainless steel|
|Strap||:||extra-supple alligator leather with pin buckle|