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De Bethune DB25 Perpetual Calendar Titanium Matches Movement and Case Material

De Bethune DB25 Perpetual Calendar

Sometimes all it takes to make a wristwatch great is a small update to the original. That’s the case with the new De Bethune DB25 Perpetual Calendar Ref. DB25sQP, which has been given a new titanium case. The lightweight and durable material compliments the perpetual calendar complication’s concept of extreme longevity.

Perpetual calendars are one of the most prestigious mechanical complications in haute horology, capable of maintaining an accurate calendar without adjustment for decades if kept wound. Specifically, the Calibre DB2324V2 at the heart of the DB25 Perpetual Calendar Titanium will only need to be adjusted by a single day once every 122 years. That’s possible because the movement is itself made from titanium.

De Bethune DB25 Perpetual CalendarAs such, the development of the new DB25sQP with its 40mm (reduced from 44mm) titanium case makes a lot of sense. Typically, we think of a watch’s case as the protective housing for a movement – it’s the case that provides water resistance, shock absorption, etc. – and so it feels right that the case material should be as strong and robust as that of the movement itself, or more so.

De Bethune DB25 Perpetual Calendar

In addition to the new case, the DB25 Perpetual Calendar Titanium has a fresh colourway in silvery white and blue. Although the overall layout of the display with the moonphase, day, date, months, hours and minutes is the same as the 2011 original. It still looks amazing with its 12-sector guilloché finish.

De Bethune DB25 Perpetual Calendar

Understandably for a high end perpetual calendar, the price and availability are extremely exclusive. It costs CHF 125,000 (approx. £110,000) and only 15 will be produced each year during its production run.

Price & Specs:

  • Model: De Bethune DB25 Perpetual Calendar
  • Ref: DB25sQPATIS13
  • Case/dial: 40mm diameter x 11.3mm thickness, titanium case, bi color silver and blue hand-guilloché, 12 radiating sectors De Bethune star studded sky in blued titanium, rose gold stars
  • Water resistance: 30m (3 bar)
  • Movement: Calibre DB2324V2, automatic, 48 jewels, 423 parts
  • Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
  • Power reserve: 120h
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, date, day of the week, spherical moon phase, leap year
  • Strap: Blue alligator leather strap with polished titanium pin buckle
  • Price/availability: CHF 125,000 (approx. £110,000), limited to 15 pieces per year

About the author

Michael Sonsino

As Junior Content Producer for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. While a relative newcomer to the magazine, he's nonetheless a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better.

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