Friday, September 23, 2005

de Bethune Platinum DB S 8-day Prototype

Only Watch 2005 charity auction. Piece unique . Case: Asymmetrical, platinum, screw-downwinding crown at 12, ogival lugs at 6, hooded lugs at 12, sapphire crystal. Dimensions: 45 x 42.5 mm. Thickness: 11mm. Bracelet: Crocodile with platinum buckle. Dial: Silvered gold chapter ring with blued steel cabochon indexes open at the center to view the movement, inner minute divisions with blued steel five minute markers, three-dimensional moon phase in platinum and blued steel at 6. Blued steel “De Bethune” hands. Movement: Hand-wound, rhodium plated, “fausses-côtes” decoration, 29 jewels, straight line lever escapement, 192 hour (8-day) power reserve sector with blued steel index, monometallic balance, self-compensating flat balance spring, shock protection.