DE BETHUNE

(der bet-oon)

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WHO THEY ARE Es­tab­lished in 2002 by brand con­sul­tant David Zanetta and watch­maker Denis Fla­geol­let, the Swiss man­u­fac­ture pro­duces ev­ery­thing in-house, from cases to di­als and even hands. Its forte lies in cre­at­ing me­chan­i­cal time­pieces us­ing the lat­est tech­nol­ogy. CLAIM TO FAME In 2006, De Bethune in­tro­duced the first bal­ance spring in plat­inum and sil­i­con. Sil­i­con’s metal­lic properties, low

mass and elas­tic­ity have made pos­si­ble bal­ance springs with a den­sity 4.5 times lower than that of con­ven­tional springs. The re­sult is more ac­cu­rate time­keep­ing. WHAT’S HOT The DB25 Im­pe­rial Foun­tain, a spe­cial edi­tion set of 12 time­pieces in­spired by the bronze Zodiac An­i­mal Heads, which adorned Bei­jing’s Old Sum­mer Palace. The watches fea­ture elab­o­rately en­graved an­i­mal heads for the 12 Chi­nese zodiac sym­bols. RETAILS AT The Hour Glass

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