DeBethune DB28 Kind of Blue Tourbillon Meteorite

DeBethune DB28 Kind of Blue Tourbillon Meteorite

The new DeBethune DB28 watch is indeed a stunning kind of blue, and even though the accompanying text doth wax a little lyrical, it is nonetheless a beauty. Succinctly, watchmaker Denis Flageollet took some pieces of meteorite, rich in iron and nickle, obtained from the Santiago del Estero region and carefully worked on them with diamond powder, bare blades and then flamed to obtain what is without a doubt one of the most eye catching creations to come out from the brand since the original DB28 Kind of Blue, which featured blued grade 5 titanium like no other titanium watch before. And here for the first time then, we see a blued meteorite dial. Here DeBethune take up the story:

Five thousand years ago, a meteorite fell to earth in Santiago del Estero, Argentina.  Made from an alloy of iron  and  nickel. But its long voyage didn’t end in the meteor graveyards of Argentina. One day it  landed  in  the  hands  of  an  ingenious  master  watchmaker,  who  decided  to revive  its  hidden  beauty.  Calling on diamond  powder,  steel  blades  and scorching flames, the alchemist used all his tools to breathe life into this sleeping beauty  and  afford  a  glimpse  of  the  distant  land  it  once  called  home.

After a great deal of effort, the artisan succeeded in revealing its remarkable dimensions. Whirlwinds of  colorful  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.  Crafted from  drops  of gold,  he  returned  these  stars one  by  one  to  the  sky  that once    belonged    to  them, wishing to set them in one of his  watches  like  a  jewel  in  a crown.

But which piece should he choose? His atelier companion –a steely-eyed aesthete  with  whom  he  had worked  for  over  fifteen years to  create  the  world’s  finest timepieces – whispered  the answer in his ear: a unique piece fashioned from titanium and sporting a shade of blue made as vibrant as his starry jewel through a secret technique. A blue so deep and so full of life, he said, that it would take more than a lifetime of study to fully perceive all its many shades. And so, piece by piece, in the fire of his kiln, the watch color artist covered his timepiece in azure tones.

Lighter than stardust, the twirling tourbillon sets the beat of a stunning two-step waltz. Thirty six thousand times per hour, the toing and froing balance wheel steers two gold hands – the only components allowed to fly so close to the scintillating meteor. Its unerringly regular revolutions seem to mimic the life of the one that once orbited another body, before fate caused it to fall into the hands of the two magicians.

No word on price yet but it’s bound to bring you back to earth with a bump.

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