Home Watch Types Dress Watch 5 Hands, No Waiting, the De Bethune DB29

5 Hands, No Waiting, the De Bethune DB29

630
1

DeBethune_DB29MaxichronoTourbillon_PR

To title this article, I had the shorten the name a bit, because it is quite a mouthful.  The full name of the watch is the DB29 Maxichrono Tourbillon, and there is a lot going on with this timepiece.  From the name alone, we know that the watch has two complications, a chronograph and a tourbillon.  Then looking at those lovely blued hands and the sexy curved dial, we see no subdials, so all the time keeping and chrono functions are built off a single axis.

DeBethune_DB29MaxichronoTourbillon_back

When you flip the rose gold watch over (if I only I was actually in Basel to flip it over myself, you get a truly exhibition caseback, where the matching rose gold caseback is hinged and opens to revel the very detailed and complicated in-house Calibre DB2039 movement.  Hand wound, with a 5-day power reserve, there is no rotor to peer around.  But let’s get back to the dial.  Five, count them, five hands all moving on a central axis.  The Breuget styled hour and minute hands are flame blued and hand polished , as are the stick styled chronograph hour and second hands.  The chrono minute hand is finished in rose gold.

DB29_big_1

The face is 3-dimensional, with curved surfaces to aid reading if the watch is angled away from you.  The outer-most ring provides the chronograph minutes and seconds, which the innermost ring is tot track the 24-hour chronograph hand.  Standard time is read off the middle ring (though you can peek to the out ring for minutes if you like).  A single pusher, coaxial with the crown (of course) operates the chronograph and the package sits securely on your wrist on a extra-supple alligator leather strap.

schema

The movement is, or course, quite impressive, with 3 columns wheels, a self-regulating twin barrel, a silicon/white gold balance wheel – balance-spring with flat terminal curve, a silicon escape wheel, and a silicon/titanium tourbillon beating at 36,000 vph.  All of this is packed into a 30mm package, hand crafted, finished and decorated, and sporting a mere 49 jewels.  De Bethune.com

Watch Overview

  • Brand & Model: De Bethune DB 29 Maxichrono Tourbillon
  • Price: Heady
  • Who we think it might be for: A modern day fan of Ptolemy.
  • Would I buy or recommend it just on the photos?:  It is a wee bit out of my price range.
  • If I could make one design suggestion, it would be:  Not to ask me for design input.
  • What spoke to me the most about this watch:  The flame blued hands and the crazy complications.

Thank you for reading this WristWatchReview post. With so many things competing for everyone’s attention these days, we really appreciate you giving us your time. We work hard every day to put quality content out there for our community.

WristWatchReview is one of the few remaining truly independent watch news outlets. We do not have a giant corporation behind us, and we rely heavily on our community to support us, in an age when advertisers are increasingly uninterested in sponsoring small, independent watch sites — especially a site like ours that is unwilling to pull punches in its reporting and analysis. We don't play the games the other sites play and we've paid for it when it comes to ad revenue.

We would love for you to support us on Patreon and every little bit helps. Thank you.

–The WWR Team

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.