De Bethune is a new watch company established in 2002 by art, history, and timepiece collector David Zanetta. His partner Denis Flageollet comes from multiple generations of watchmakers going back to his great grandfather and the men in his lineage. The combined passion and skill of the co-founders created the perfect storm for creating innovative and valuable high-end luxury watches. One of their latest introductions is a notable timepiece called the DeBethune DB25 Starry Varius Watch. The piece embodies the latest technologies and innovations in design. It focuses on aesthetics and functionality. The model fully embraces the artistic elements of form and function in a breathtaking wristwatch offered at a collector’s expected price. To fully appreciate the piece, we must take a closer look at its intricacies and capabilities.
The De Bethune DB25 GMT Starry Varius at a glance
If you’re not familiar with De Bethune’s collection of watches you may be caught off guard by the initial appearance of this novel wristwatch. You can tell from the first glance that it’s unique among timepieces. It’s a new watch that borrows the Milky Way aesthetic on the dial, taken from the Starry Varius family of watches. The first thing you notice is the collection of circles that make up the dial with a grouping of tracks, both recessed and raised to add a sense of depth. The 3-D styling is an eye-catcher. The backdrop is white with elements of blue, silver, gold, and a faint band of light pink against the case. Much thought went into the design details to create a harmonious visual effect with high functionality. Hypebeast points out the small details of polished orbs in white gold against the blued titanium background sets the placeholder for the centrally mounted “jumping” pointer. De Bethune created their design called the microsphere rotating at 6 am and 6 pm reflecting the Earth’s rotation with changes from night to day, respectively the blued titanium for the night and polished pink gold for the day. There is no doubt a learning curve to fully realize the capacities and functions of the Starry Varius GMT.
A closer look at the De Bethune DB25 GMT Starry Varius Watch
The case of the GMT Starry Varius measures 42 mm in diameter with a thickness of 11.8 mm. It’s smaller than its predecessor with a 3 mm reduction in size. The material is grade 5 titanium with a mirror-polished finish. Flip the timepiece over to find the back is as interesting as the front. The case back is an exhibition style, covered with a sapphire crystal lens hardened to 1800 Vickers, treated with anti-reflective coating. It presents a clear view of the movement beneath. The back of the case surrounding the open back is polished titanium. Going back to the front, the same type of lens covers the front of the dial. It joins the bracelet via hollowed, integrated lugs. IW Magazine explains that the multi-level concentric spheres with the orb make up the microsphere, similar to the original Starry Varius. The DB GMT Starry Varius has a De Bethune in-house movement as its power source. It’s the 29th movement produced by the brand. That in itself is a feat for the comparatively young company. The powerplant is called the Caliber DB2507. The hand-wound movement has a titanium balance featuring inlays of white gold. The balance spring is a flat terminal curve Created by De Bethune. Other features include a regulator secured by a triple pare-chute system consisting of a leaf0spring system, a titanium bridge, and a silicon escape wheel. The two barrels may be partially seen from the open case back. The power reserve is five days. The movement measures 30 mm in diameter with a steel barrel bridge cover and steel plate cover mirror polished for aesthetics featuring Cotes De Bethune with hand-polished chamfered steel parts. The movement is comprised of 368 parts with 40 jewels. It beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour. Many of the components in the movement are protected by patents owned by De Bethune. The functions include hours, minutes, second-time zone or GMT, world time, day and night indicator, and jumping date.
How to read the De Bethune DB25 GMT Starry Varius Watch
The Hour Glass explained that this intelligent watch may seem complicated as it is, but once you get the hang of it, reading its various data sources becomes easy. You begin at the center of the dial to read the date on the first disc. You can adjust the jumping date hand with the corrector at the 6 o’clock position. The first 24-hours time zone for home time is marked by the microsphere in the corridor. You can set the function either way with the crown. The second time zone is seen by the blued hands. the curvature of the hand followed the relief of the dial. the hour’s hand shows local time via the second time zone. You can set local time via the crown. The minute hand moves in coordination with the reference time.
GMT Travel Time Function and Day/Night Complication
The crown is used to set the reference or home time on the microsphere on the 24-hour dial. the moon-phase display indicates day and night by its two halves. Remember that the microsphere moves. imitating sunrise and sunset. The vision of the day and night sky is at the center of the curved dial. The polished pink gold sun shines over half the disk with the blued polished titanium for the night. You have a miniature night sky with small white gold pins for the stars and the Milky way made of 24-carat gold leaf.
Pricing and availability
The De Bethune DB25 GMT Starry Varius Watch is currently available through De Bethune and authorized dealers. The MSRP is between $110,000 and $105,000. We noticed that some vendors are asking for higher prices up to $139,000. The prices are likely to fluctuate depending on supply and demand.