An authentic wrist sculpture, Dream Watch 5 derives its unusual shape from its predecessors, from the bridge of Dream Watch 1 through to the case of Dream Watch 4. It encapsulates an ongoing work of research on shapes, materials and colours. In step with successive creations, the design has been pared down to a cambered delta-shaped motif representing the major element of the collection’s aesthetic and more generally that of De Bethune watches.
Taut lines and distinctive depth effects: Dream Watch 5 owes its avant-garde character to aesthetic codes relating to space, movement and speed. Its soft curves, together with the silky cambered shape of the titanium case adorned with a perfectly executed polish, endow it with timeless elegance, while a cabochon-cut ruby gently adorning the crown sets the perfect finishing touch.
The miniaturisation of the mechanism demonstrates a clear-cut determination to give pride of place to design – as admirably demonstrated by the diminutive space allotted to the display of the hours, minutes and moon-phase functions. This aesthetically-oriented approach deliberately and effectively diverts the meaning of conventional horological terms as well as the rational comprehension of the object.
The unusual case of the De Bethune Dream Watch 5 is made in grade 5 titanium measuring 49mm in width and 39mm in length. Its case back bears the signatures of the two founders of the atelier, David Zanetta and Denis Flageollet. Inside, Calibre DB2144 is a hand-wound jump hour movement with the classic De Bethune spherical moon phase set at the centre. A five-day power reserve makes this watch suitable for weekly wear and its space-age yet retro-chic design makes it the perfect watch to wear to the next Elvis-themed party.