Only Watch 2019: First Pictures - The De Bethune x Urwerk Moon Satellite
Two of the most distinctive independent watch brands are teaming up to create a truly unique piece for the 2019 edition of Only Watch. Recently, we were finally able to discover this radical creation and the result justified the wait.
When the watches for the Only Watch charity auction were revealed earlier this year, only one piece was still only presented as a sketch – the model designed jointly by De Bethune and Urwerk.
Last week, Watchonista got to see the fruits of this alliance, both aesthetic and mechanical, and can now offer you the first exclusive images of this "genetic mutation" of watchmaking.
Only Watch De Bethune + Urwerk: 1 + 1 = 3
In deciding to join forces with a shared design that merges the identity of the two brands, De Bethune and Urwerk offer a bold and realistic approach. Aptly named, the De Bethune x Urwerk Moon Satellite.
Indeed, the two brands each enjoy a reputation for excellence and a crowd of loyal collectors. But with this union, De Bethune and Urwerk are offering a watch even more likely to stimulate the appetite of collectors and drive up the bidding price.
This fusion of two iconoclastic visions of watchmaking is a real success, respecting the universes of each brand. The satellite time display, along with the mechanical and visual signature of Urwerk, is enhanced by a spherical moon phase known to De Bethune.
The exterior combines the visions of both brands in a harmonious marriage. Nothing is unnatural in this union guided by the case cover typical of Urwerk, done in all mirror-polished titanium emblematic of De Bethune. The floating lugs introduced with De Bethune’s DB 28 seem to be designed for this piece.
Whether the intention was the proper one, the result exceeds all expectations. A true synthesis of the watchmaking approaches of Urwerk and De Bethune, this creation for Only Watch 2019 deserves its status as a unique piece in more than one respect.
(Photography by Pierre Vogel)