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Plaza Watch International - - Display Case -

De Bethune, a watch brand that was only cre­ated at the be­gin­ning of the 21st cen­tury, has launched the Dream Watch 5. At the core of the brand’s ethos are the tightly locked com­bi­na­tions of ab­so­lute pre­ci­sion in en­gi­neer­ing and the em­bod­i­ment of be­ing on the bound­aries of con­tem­po­rary horol­ogy. And this model pro­vides a cool har­mony of in­no­va­tive fu­tur­is­tic de­sign and move­ment, which as its name sug­gests, is in­spired by that dreamy realm of the imag­i­na­tion that the sci-fi space­ship dwells in.

Th­ese ‘mod­ern day al­chemists’ have de­signed a grade 5 curved ti­ta­nium case with a width of 49mm, length of 39mm and thick­ness of 11mm. The di­men­sions and de­sign re­sult in a vis­ually strik­ing work of art to be dis­played on one’s wrist. With a sap­phire domed glass that has un­der­gone dou­ble anti-re­flec­tive treat­ment and a cabo­chon ruby en­crusted crown, this sleek, if not slightly ‘bi­cy­cle-seat’ shaped case, is mounted on an al­li­ga­tor leather skin strap. What makes this quirky watch even more unique is the minia­tur­i­sa­tion of its mech­a­nism and dis­play; The Dream Watch 5 of­fers a DB2144 hand wound cal­i­bre, a jumping hour aper­ture, ro­tat­ing min­utes disc, and a spher­i­cal moon phase in­di­ca­tor at the cen­tre, all in the com­pressed space of a slice of its sap­phire glass. It’s def­i­nitely a watch that is not in­tim­i­dated to be con­spic­u­ously mod­ern and it serves as a state­ment of artis­tic vi­sion that high­lights De Bethune’s phi­los­o­phy of bind­ing aes­thetic beauty with master crafts­man­ship. The Dream Watch 5’s char­coal ti­ta­nium case looks strangely el­e­gant for what could also be mis­taken for some Star Trek mer­chan­dise. Niche, vis­ually strik­ing and dar­ing, De Bethune’s lat­est model’s de­sir­abil­ity comes from its very ‘out-there’ ap­proach to mod­ern horol­ogy.

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