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.