De Bethune DB25GMT Starry Varius

With the release of the 29th self-made movement, copy De Bethune combines its traditional expertise with cutting-edge technology to integrate unprecedented complications into the core of the iconic timepiece

As the world situation improves, optimism is increasing. Manufacture De Bethune always keeps up with the pace of development quickly, providing travel watches when life returns to normal. As the sister of the DB25 World Traveller launched in 2016, this new GMT model highlights the beauty and undeniable characteristics of DB25 Starry Varius.

In a period when travel became difficult or even impossible, the De Bethune team set themselves the challenge of developing a travel watch so that when life resumes, it can occupy a place on the wrist of the most discerning globetrotter. If you still can’t meet your friends and family spontaneously, this is the travel invitation in your mind. DB25GMT Starry Varius does provide a simple and effective way to keep in touch by indicating the time zone where your loved one lives.

“When all the countries in the world went into lockdown, what on earth was I thinking when I made a new GMT travel watch? I am very happy that it is now complete and all the nomads on this planet can finally restart their journey , There is no doubt that we have a different view of our world.” De Bethune founder and watchmaker Denis Flageollet (Denis Flageollet)

The evolving starry sky
It incorporates all the inherent codes of the DB25 Starry Varius series, that is, the 42 mm diameter polished grade 5 titanium case, the starry sky and the Milky Way, the perfectly integrated hollow lugs and the screw-in sapphire back cover, giving you a glimpse of the movement. The newly adapted version of DB25 World Traveler has everything needed to win future owners. Although equipped with such a complex movement, it is still slim and elegant on the wrist, and even strengthens the already widely acclaimed characteristics of DB25 Starry Varius. Its user-friendliness and the smooth setting of the GMT movement make it a smart and very beautiful watch.

Read dial
Starting from the center, the dial indicates the date on the first disc with the beating date hand, which can be adjusted by the corrector at 6 o’clock. The hour of the first 24-hour time zone (home time or reference time) is marked by the microsphere in a mysterious way, because it seems to float weightlessly in its corridor.

This function can be set in two directions (clockwise/counterclockwise) through the crown. The local time, the second time zone, is indicated by the blue hands, whose curvature follows the relief of the dial. The minute hand naturally coincides with the reference time, while the hour hand indicates the local time through the second time zone. The local time can also be set in both directions via the crown.

Greenwich Mean Time function
Despite its complex structure, this mechanical GMT movement is very simple to use, with functions arranged concentrically. First, the master uses the crown to set his reference time, called the home time, which is indicated by the microsphere on the 24-hour dial. Since De Bethune developed the 3D moon phase display, the microsphere represents the technical symbol of De Bethune. Because of its two halves: one blue and the other pink, it can indicate day and night. It gradually rotates at 6 am and 6 pm to imitate sunrise and sunset. Secondly, the wearer sets his second time zone by controlling the hour hand by pulling the crown out to the second position.

Sooner or later
In the center of the curved dial, Bethune (best De Bethune) provides us with a poetic sky of day and night. The polished pink gold sun shines on the half-disk in the faint center, while the celestial dome outlines a delicate outline in the blue polished titanium part. The vision provided is a miniature night sky, dotted with many small platinum pins, delicately and individually driven into the blue titanium dial. Then use micro laser strokes and 24-carat gold leaf to create the Milky Way by hand.

Technical spirit
The back of the movement can be seen through the sapphire caseback, showing the latest titanium alloy balance wheel inlaid with white gold. As it interacts with a balance spring with a “De Bethune” flat-end curve, the organ is able to neutralize the effects of temperature changes. It also studies aerodynamics to ensure minimal air resistance. The escape wheel is made of silicon, which not only makes the material lighter, but also increases the power of the movement.

The adjuster is held in place by a triple chute system that combines a titanium bridge and integrates two jewels, which are held in place by a leaf spring system pressed on the jewels. The two barrels, which are partially visible, have a five-day power reserve through an automatic energy adjustment mechanism.

A mechanical treasure
While this timepiece looks simple and beautiful, it hides a mechanical treasure because it is equipped with the latest manual winding movement DB2507. This is De Bethune’s 29th movement. By putting the GMT movement into the Starry Varius case and reproducing the miniature starry sky, it once again demonstrated bold technical mastery and expertise. The complex functions and their displays have been completely redesigned to optimize legibility and ease of operation to ideally meet the expectations of travelers. De Bethune’s creation is not only an ally of globetrotters, it exudes classic, avant-garde spirit and fascinating mysterious charm.