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.