next

De Bethune DB25 Imperial Fountain

Marina Milojević | 04.30.13 | 05:50 AM

De Bethune debuts the DB25 Imperial Fountain, which is a new special edition set comprising of 12 timepieces

This collection is inspired by the bronze zodiac animal heads which once adorned the fountain in the famous Old Summer Place (Yuanming Yuan) outside the Bejing in China. The fountain was created somewhere in 18th century, by French and Italian Jesuits and Chinese artisans. Made for Qianlong Emperor of China, it was actually a clepsydra, or a water clock. Every day at noon water would have sprouted from the mouths of the 12 zodiac animals, to tell the current time. The Qianlong emperor was so captivated by water fountains, mazes and European-style buildings, that he had a number of European artists working at his court. The fountain was destroyed during the Second Opium War in 1860, and only seven of the original 12 Zodiac heads have been found, buried in the ruins of the Old Summer Place.

De Bethune DB25 Imperial Fountain Tiger

Each of the watches in this stunning series features one of the 12 animal heads in the center of the dial. The illustrations were engraved using the bas relief technique, by the hand of the master artist Michèle Rothen. The solid gold relief stands out nicely from the Grand Feu enamel backdrop, giving off the impression that the sculptured gold has been raises above the surface of the dial.

De Bethune DB25 Imperial Fountain Goat

The watch is powered by a new movement Calibre DB 2145, which uses peripheral hour and minute hands, in flame-blued steel, that circle around the engraved zodiac head. The micro ball bearings are animating the rotating disks and putting the hands in motion. The case is crafted in white gold and it measures 44mm in diameter. The back of the case is openworked and fitted with a sapphire crystal. De Bethune DB25 Imperial Fountain is mounted in a black alligator leather strap with pin buckle. The watch provides 6 days of power reserve.

De Bethune DB25 Imperial Fountain Dragon

Author:

If you like our blog why don't you join our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @luxoiscom.

If you use one of my articles on your own website or blog, then please credit me and provide a link back to the original.

Advertisement

Right now 53 watches on sale!

De Bethune Black Alligator Strap 22x16

Beverly Hills,CA,USA
New with tags

DB25 Moon Phase Rose Gold Watch

Southampton,PA,USA
New with tags

De Bethune Dark Brown Alligator Strap 22x16

Beverly Hills,CA,USA
New with defects

De Bethune Green Canvas & Leather Strap 26x19

Beverly Hills,CA,USA
New with tags

De Bethune Dark Brown Alligator Strap 26x19

Beverly Hills,CA,USA
New with defects

De Bethune Black Alligator Strap 26x19

Beverly Hills,CA,USA
New with tags

Latest News from De Bethune

De Bethune DB28 Steel Wheels

image description
image description
image description
  • image description
  • image description
  • image description

At the beginning of this year, for the SIHH 2018 watch salon, De Bethune introduced a new variation of its well-known DB28 model – the DB28 Steel Wheels. This extraordinary men’s timepiece has been preselected as one of the finalists of this year’s Grand Prix d'Horlogerie Geneve (GPHG) in the Men’s watch category. This modern, highly technical and amazingly finished timepiece is keeping up with the DB28’s recognizable DNA, while providing a new artistic expression in décor of its in-house movement. The core of the watch, including its emblem...

De Bethune DB28 Kind of Blue Tourbillon Meteorite

image description
image description
image description
  • image description
  • image description
  • image description

The house of De Bethune introduces its latest creation, a breathtakingly beautiful DB28 Kind of Blue Tourbillon Meteorite, whose dial is made from a genuine piece of the universe that fell on Earth five thousand years ago. A mysterious meteorite, made from an alloy of iron and nickel, sourced from the meteor graveyards of Santiago del Estero, Argentina, adorns the new De Bethune creation. And what else would a meteorite dial better represent than an image of the night engulfed faraway galaxy. The dial of the DB28 Kind of Blue Tourbillon Mete...

De Bethune DB25L Milky Way

image description
image description
image description
  • image description
  • image description
  • image description

The house of De Bethune introduces the gorgeous new timepiece that captures the dazzling beauty of the heavens above on a heat blue titanium dial. This time, De Bethune has found inspiration in the enigmatic immensity of the Milky Way. The vast galaxy, which appears as a band of light seen in the nocturnal sky, is formed from stars, but De Bethune Manufacture's craftsmen have managed to encapsulate its essence in gold and glass. The dial of this magnificent timepiece is crafted from blued and polished titanium. The mystical blue mirror is cr...

De Bethune DB25 Quetzalcoatl

image description
image description
image description
  • image description
  • image description
  • image description
De Bethune, a young watchmaking brand founded in 2002, presents its newest creation – the DB25 Quetzalcoatl timepiece.

Same as many of its creations, the DB25 Quetzalcoatl, which was unveiled for BaselWorld 2015, is inspired by mythical creatures from many different cultures worldwide. This time, the watchmakers of the manufacture De Bethune revisit a Mesoamerican legend of the feathered serpent. The name itself describes the large, precious green feathers of the sacred quetzal bird, a powerful symbol of Mesoamerican culture which, in conjunction with the evening star, was considered to govern the cycle of time, from dawn to dusk. The deity was part of a triad...

De Bethune DB27 Polo Edition Digitale

image description
image description
image description
  • image description
  • image description
  • image description
De Bethune presents a 10-piece limited edition of the DB27 model, designed as a tribute to its first ever sponsorship of a polo tournament.

The fresh new rendition of the DB27 was issued on the occasion of the De Bethune Princely Polo Cup held in Vaduz on August 29th and 30th. The famous De Bethune model now comes in a special Polo Edition, which is exclusively developed for polo players. The DB27 D is a highly shock resistant watch, fitted to withstand the most serious impacts and shocks, while sustaining on the wrist of the rider. The case is made of machined hardened steel, which is further fortified with extra-hard 5000 Vickers treatment. The 43 mm wide round case accommodat...

De Bethune DBS for Only Watch 2015

image description
image description
image description
  • image description
  • image description
  • image description
Introducing the De Bethune DBS, DBSW, Unique Timepiece for Only Watch 2015

The famous independent watch manufacture, De Bethune, renews its support for the Only Watch charity auction. The young, fine-watchmaking brand is presenting an exceptional, one-off version of its high-tech DBS model. The unique rendition of the DBS celebrates 10th anniversary of this exceptional model of innovative design. In 2005, the DBS set on foot of what has now become one of the most respected Research and Development laboratories of the watch industry. This year, it returns as one-of-a kind model that repeats some of the emblematic desi...

De Bethune Ninth Mayan Underworld Watch

image description
The 2012 phenomenon associated with beliefs of cataclysmic or transformative events that will occur on December 21, 2012, is one of the hottest topics this year. Maya codices, folding books from the pre-Columbian Maya civilization, and their prophecy that foretells the End of the World is now a global phenomenon that inspires even the high-end watchmakers such as De Bethune.

De Bethune designed a limited edition of 12 exemplars dedicated to the mystery of Mayan calendar - Ninth Mayan Underworld. Master-crafters from De Bethune have offered their own interpretation of world-changing events, by which 2012 symbolizes the arrival of a new world, the beginning of an era in which our planet and its inhabitants may undergo a positive physical or spiritual alteration. The new De Bethune Ninth Mayan Underworld watch is strongly inspired by ceramics and stones sculpted by the Mayan scribes. It features dial made of pure g...

De Bethune DB28 Wins Geneva Grand Prix Watch Of The Year 2011

image description
image description
image description
  • image description
  • image description
  • image description
The awards ceremony of the 2011 Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix took place on Saturday 19th 2011, at the Geneva Grand Théâtre.

The international jury, composed of watchmaking professionals, awarded the eleven prizes to best watchmaking creations in various categories. The winner of the “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix, officially the watch of the year 2011, is the amazing DB28 model by De Bethune. Here is a complete list of laureates: - “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix: De Bethune, DB28 - Best Ladies’ Watch Prize: Boucheron, Crazy Jungle Hathi - Best Men’s Watch Prize: Hermès, Arceau Le Temps Suspendu - Best Design Watch Prize: Urwerk, UR-110 - Best Jewellery and Artistic...

De Bethune Dream Watch IV - a tribute to Steve Jobs: The 4S shield

image description
“Dream Watch IV represents the mechanical watch designed for 21st century wear and which raises this accessory to the rank of an authentic work of art. A time sculpture dedicated to the visionary Steve Jobs and paying eloquent tribute to his genius.”

De Bethune is a contemporary watchmaking company based on an unconventional idea of traditional watchmaking. This company, born in 2002, is famous for their technological innovations, brilliant mechanisms, and amazingly beautiful designs. Some time ago, the brand launched a luxurious alligator-skin DBM iPhone case fitted with a stylish mechanical pocket watch. This was their first attempt to breathe a new life into once all-pervading extravagant masculine jewelry, by adding a touch of classic to gentlemen’s tech-companions. Now De Bethune retur...