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De Bethune Dream Watch 5.2


The hundreds of watches produced in their workshops each year are proof of the quintessence of their watchmaking skills and of the artistic expression of the two founders, who are fond of rare art objects.

By Vincent Daveau

Denis Flageollet, a talented watchmaker, and David Zanetta founded De Bethune in 2002. Named after the Chevalier de Bethune, a famous 18th century French watchmaker, the brand quickly rose to success and acquired a clientele by daring atypical designs and by making one-of-a-kind mechanical movements.

Recognized as 21st century artists who mix tradition and modernity in their work, they play with known as well as new materials and shapes. Thus, they offer those who prefer a different kind of watchmaking the opportunity to develop their own identity by wearing highly creative watches in terms of tones and spirit. However, for the record, even though the manufacture is reputed for being avant-garde, it has rarely produced modern watches that display the time in a non-standard way.

As it is, most of its timepieces are equipped with analogue displays except for the Dream Watch 5 that was released this year. This futuristic watch is associated with a whole genealogy of contemporary products which seem to draw inspiration from past and same generation manufacturers. These pieces were worn by actors starring in futuristic television series such Star Trek, Cosmos 1999, Star Wars, A Space Odyssey and The Invaders.

Technical details of the Dream Watch 5

  • Case: mirror-polished grade-5 titanium
  • Movement: manual winding DB2144 caliber and 6-day power reserve
  • Dial: jumping hours, dragging minutes and moon-phase on the globe indicator
  • Strap: alligator and pin buckle
  • Caliber: 28,800 vibrations per hour, 65-hour power reserve
  • Function: fluidic hours and retrograde minutes and seconds
  • Dial: non-standard with the hours displayed by liquid, the minutes displayed by a traditional hand and the seconds visible via a paddle wheel
  • Strap: rubber


This article is an extract from our page dedicated to New Horology

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