Denis Flageollet, the watchmaker and maker behind De Bethune, is known as quite possibly the most brilliant watchmakers of his generation, in particular for his technical developments . The new De Bethune Maestri’Art collection uncovers another feature of his ability and his passion for Asian craftsmanship. The collection aims at celebrating métiers d’art and the artisans behind these masterpieces – De Bethune worked with ace etcher Michèle Rothen for these two unique pieces.
The De Bethune Maestri’Art I is an inspired interpretation of the DB27, paying tribute to Japanese Tsubas. A Tsuba is the hand gatekeeper of a Japanese sword. A long ways past its practical use (balancing the blade and protecting the hand), the tsuba is a detailed piece of craftsmanship. These are finely decorated and authorities’ items these days. Measuring 43mm in diameter, the instance of the Maestri’Art I is fashioned out of a dull composite manufactured by Denis Flageollet himself and inspired by traditional tsuba compounds. Its dull dial coordinates the shade of the case and it is inlaid with hand-engraved gold Japanese-inspired motifs (tiger and dragon).
The hours and minutes are displayed on a micro-dial in the focal point of the watch. Inside is the automatic caliber AutoV2, featuring the brand’s titanium offset wheel with gold inserts, a De Bethune offset spring with a level terminal bend and a steel escape wheel.
Also featuring Asian-inspired hand-engraved motifs, the De Bethune Maestri’Art 2 is a creation dependent on the DB25 Starry Varius in blued grade 5 titanium, engraved and upgraded with gold particles. The dial investigates the symbolism associated with the carp, a fish adored for its boldness and tirelessness. The model estimates 42mm and is slightly more modest than the Maestri’Art I. The hours and minutes are indicated on 12 diamond indices. Turning the watch over the exhibition caseback offers a unimpeded view of the heavenly hand-wound caliber DB205 boasting 6 days of force hold and the brand’s traditional immaculate finishing.
Both watches are worn on alligator lashes with alligator lining and a pin clasp. Price is set at CHF 135,000 and CHF 110,000 respectively for the Maestri’Art I and II. For more information, kindly visit www.debethune.ch .