De Bethune

De Bethune embraces the wealth of the watchmaking knowhow of the past in order to design the watches of the future. This combination results in timepieces with all the attributes and technical expertise of Fine Watchmaking, whilst at the same time remaining free from traditional constraints.

  • About

  • Philosophy

  • 5 key dates

  • Collections

  • Contact

  • About De Bethune

    Founded in 2002, De Béthune was the fruit of a meeting between watchmaking expert and acclaimed collector David Zanetta and master watchmaker Denis Flageollet.

    Flageollet is a third-generation watchmaker. Driven by a taste for a challenge and the search for performance, he decided to work in watchmaking and more particularly, the restoration of old timepieces. By practising this difficult exercise, he learned the basics needed to develop his own calibers.

    Just two years after it was founded, De Bethune presented its first manufactured caliber at the Baselworld show.

    In 2009, the manufacture launched its “Dream Watch 1” for the Geneva show. This timepiece with a very strong personality included a spherical moon's phase – soon to become one of De Bethune's hallmarks.

    2011 was a watershed year for the brand. The two founders were joined by Pierre Jacques, who became CEO. Pierre Jacques completed his higher education at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Internationales in Geneva before founding a renowned watchmaking magazine, which helped him enter the watchmaking world.

    2011 was also a year of acclaim on the part of watchmaking professionals: De Bethune was awarded the most prestigious title at the Geneva Grand Prix d'Horlogerie: the “Aiguille d'Or”.

    In spite of its youth, De Bethune is already rivalling its elders. In its first decade of existence, the Firm presented 9 patents, 17 innovations and 15 manufactured calibers – all signs of a Maison born to last. And for all of this, the independent firm has relied on its own R&D laboratory.

  • De Bethune's philosophy

    De Bethune embraces the wealth of the watchmaking knowhow of the past in order to design the watches of the future. This combination results in timepieces with all the attributes and technical expertise of Fine Watchmaking, whilst at the same time remaining free from traditional constraints.

    Taking equal care with the movement and the design, De Bethune loves to work with contrasts, as can be seen in its timepieces with traditional complications – accompanied by a highly contemporary and poetic design that completely transforms them.

    The Firm is highly active in pure watchmaking research, constantly exploring uncharted territory, and does not hesitate to share its discoveries with other brands. Moved by the desire to help watchmaking progress, De Bethune is careful to give its timepieces a distinctive aesthetic appearance, constantly seeking to add new elements with respect to previous collections.

  • De Bethune's 5 key dates

    2002: De Bethune founded
    2004: the first caliber manufactured by De Bethune is presented at Baselworld
    2009: launch of the Dream Watch 1 for the Geneva show
    2011: the DB28 wins the Geneva Grand Prix de la Haute Horlogerie's “Aiguille d'Or”
    2012: the first De Bethune store opens in Geneva

  • De Bethune's collections

    DB25: The DB25 is a round timepiece with a simple style featuring a number of different complications, from the power reserve to the perpetual calendar.

    DB27: Available in two titanium versions, the Titan Hawk in silver or black has a distinctive polished treatment, further enhancing the overall comfort afforded by its floating lugs – a system patented by De Bethune. The timepiece also has a solid back that reveals only the balance wheel of its manufactured caliber.

    DB28: The DB28 is also recognisable by its floating lugs, available in short or long versions. It includes some brand new complications created by De Bethune, such as the spherical moon's phase, the silicon annular balance wheel and the silicon/titanium tourbillon – one of the fastest and lightest on the market.

    Dream Watch: The Dream Watch collection features timepieces that are outstanding in terms of both technical aspects and aesthetics. Built to order, they embody De Bethune's creativity, daring and expertise.

  • Contact De Bethune

    De Bethune
    Granges-Jaccard 6
    CH-1454 La Chaux L'Auberson
    T. +41 22 310 22 71

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Featured De Bethune Watches

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    DB25

    QP Rose

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    De Bethune

    DB25L Black

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    DB28

    Dark Shadow

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    DB28

    Digitale

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    DB29

    Maxichrono Tourbillon

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Video. Baselworld 2015

— The new models presented by De Bethune at Baselword.
APRIL 28, 2015
De Bethune DB 25 Quetzalcoatl
Baselworld 2015, Tourbillons
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The tourbillon in all its forms

— We look at the different approaches to tourbillons, from flying architectural and classic to innovative, fast-paced and lightweight.
APRIL 14, 2015
De Bethune DBS Tourbillon
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DBS Tourbillon

— To celebrate the 10th anniversary of its DBS model, De Bethune has equipped it with a tourbillon.
APRIL 04, 2015
Pierre Jacques, CEO de De Bethune et la DB28 GS
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"De Bethune is undoubtedly the biggest of the small brands"

— Interview with Pierre Jacques, CEO of De Bethune.
MARCH 23, 2015
De Bethune, DB25 Quetzalcoatl
De Bethune

DB25 Quetzalcoatl

— De Bethune unveils its new timepiece, the DB25 Quetzalcoatl, a creation inspired by ancient Mesoamerican culture.
MARCH 21, 2015
De Bethune DB28 GS
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DB28 GS

— The DB28 GS expresses a bold character revealed through both its aesthetic and technical attributes.
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Chamfering (bevelling)

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Reviewing the De Bethune new releases with Denis Flageollet

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FEBRUARY 02, 2015
De Bethune, DB28 Maxichrono Titane
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DB28 Maxichrono Titane

— The DB28 Maxichrono is now available in titanium.
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DB25T Zodiac, © De Bethune
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Video. DB25T Zodiac

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JANUARY 26, 2015
DB25T Zodiac © De Bethune
De Bethune

DB25T Zodiac

— The DB25T makes innovation the very heart of its construction reflecting a proud horological tradition.
JANUARY 21, 2015
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Les lauréats du GPHG 2014
GPHG

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— The full film of the prize-giving ceremony of the Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix
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    Classicism sweeps the board

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