Once upon a time – five thousand years back in time to be precise – a small piece of the universe fell to earth in Santiago del Estero, Argentina. Now, a tiny part of this meteorite can be found in a celestial blue watch by De Bethune. The De Bethune DB28 Kind of Blue Tourbillon Meteorite is a celestial creature.
The meteorite that ‘landend’ on the dial of the De Bethune DB28 Kind of Blue Tourbillon Meteorite, consists of an alloy of iron and nickel. This rare ferrous meteorite’s only adornments were pocks marking the passage of celestial time. A small part of the stone came into the hands of an ingenious master watchmaker, who decided to revive its hidden beauty. Calling on diamond powder, steel blades and scorching flames, the modern-day alchemist used all his tools to breathe life into this sleeping beauty. After a great deal of effort, the artisan succeeded in revealing the meteorite’s heavenly beauty. Use your imagination when you look at the dial of this De Bethune creation and it will show whirlwinds of colourful gases torn apart by the night engulfed the creator of a galaxy, in an age when time began and the stars’ hearts first started to beat.
Outer-worldly and earthly elements
The stars on the meteorite dial are crafted from drops of gold. And the ‘theater’ for this outer-worldly spectacle is the blue titanium case De Bethune used before. The movement with its tourbillon is the human and earthly element in this watch although a tourbillon mechanism strives to rule out gravity just like conditions in outer space. The DB28 Kind of Blue Tourbillon Meteorite’s movement beats thirty six thousand times per hour; an elevated ‘heartbeat’ that guarantees accuracy.