First presented in 2006 in the exquisite DB21 case, relaunched in 2014 of every a more modern DB28 case , the De Bethune Maxichrono was and still is perhaps the most captivating and precisely amazing chronographs of the part. Usefulness, mechanical resourcefulness, magnificence of development and decoration… such a fantasy chrono.
The common vision of the chronograph generally depends on a watch with different sub-counters – 2 or 3 much of the time, with the time showed by focal hands. This exemplary development has been matched a couple of times and dominated significantly less occasions. Late models include, for example, the Singer Reimagined Track 1 and its AgenGraphe development, which additionally depend on focal signs for the chronograph (yet that was after De Bethune and the making of the Maxichrono). What Flageollet and his group did in 2006 was to make the chronograph more contemporary, more neat, more “clean”. How? By eliminating all the sub-counters and setting no less than five hands on the focal pivot, including the three hands that show the chronograph, which are perused as traditional hands.
Having five hands on a solitary hub is as of now testing in itself. Notwithstanding, when two of these hands can be changed (hours and minutes) and three need to have a reset framework, things become super complex. By returning to the chronograph, De Bethune has made a genuine watchmaker’s challenge. All the hands require to be embedded one into another in a solitary canon and three of them highlight a brake and a heart-cam to be begun and halted. The chronograph’s seconds hand, the hour long hand, and the 24-hour hand are for the most part co-pivotally mounted in the middle alongside the hour and moment hands. Actually complex, the outcome is a watch where the chronograph signs are perused in a “normal” way, with slipped by times up to 24 hours.
Achieving a particularly complex presentation and inciting the chronograph by methods for a mono-pusher situated at 6 o’clock (in the crown) required De Bethune’s watchmakers to reexamine the development of the development. The type DB2030, made in-place (obviously), is initial a high-recurrence development with a 36,000vph recurrence – permitting estimations of 1/tenth of a second. Furthermore, this development includes a device named the “De Bethune Absolute Clutch”, a piece of complex hardware that comprises three section haggles distinctive clutches.
The Absolute Clutch targets improving the presentation of chronographs by rectifying the shortcomings identified in current instruments like vertical or potentially even grip frameworks. Every sign is independently controlled. The Absolute Clutch works in a framework drawing in the two customary grasp techniques to permit the distinctive chronograph counters to work semi-autonomously:
- The chronograph seconds are represented by the new total grasp system
- The minutes counter is constrained by a moving pinion
- The hours counter is locked in by a level clutch
The development is done in the typical wonderful De Bethune guidelines, with enormously designed extensions uncovering a large portion of the specialized parts. The scaffolds are reflect cleaned, sandblasted and snailed by hand and all the steel parts are cleaned and chamfered by hand.
For the event of this “relaunch”, De Bethune offers a 10-piece restricted release named “DB21 Maxichrono Re-edition”. Interestingly, it is introduced in a grade 5 titanium focal case with blued grade 5 titanium skimming drags. The dial follows a similar idea, with a combination of a silver-shaded plate and blued details. The bezel is likewise new to this model, with a brushed completion and 12 screws to demonstrate the hours.
Price for the De Bethune DB21 Maxichrono Re-version will be CHF 155,000 (excl. charges). More details at www.debethune.ch .