It’s no secret that that we’re fans of De Bethune here on The Watch Lounge. I mean how could you not be with their impossible blend of complexity and sheer aesthetic beauty? So when the brand announced the release of the new DB27 Titan Hawk at Baselworld earlier this year we got excited, real excited. And so should you.
Pitched as an entry-level piece for the brand, the Titan Hawk is the first creation in the new DB27 collection and at a starting price of just CHF 37,000 is pretty reasonable, by De Bethune’s standards at least. Especially when you consider that the Titan Hawk still receives all the benefits of De Bethune’s expert craftsmanship and finishing.
Designed by De Bethune’s co-founder and industry legend David Zanetta, the look and feel of the Titan Hawk is undeniably De Bethune. Although this may sound like a bit of a usual thing to say it is in fact quite important because sometimes “entry-level” pieces lack the core elements that make their more expensive siblings so desirable.
Presented in a 43mm, hand-polished grade 5 titanium case the Titan Hawk’s allure, like most pieces in the De Bethune collection, is in its contrasting simplicity. Hand-polished and flame-blued steel hands instantly draw the eye to the multi-dimensional, silver-toned grained dial, their unique style providing just the right level of distinction without being too pretentious.
The indications are only the essentials; the time and date, two of the three elements required for a perfect evening with Miss Right. The third is comfortably strapped to your wrist thanks to De Bethune’s floating lugs, which are fitted with a patented system of springs that enables the watch to adjust to the wrist and to its wearer’s movements.
On the reverse side a small sapphire display window reveals a silicon and white gold annular balance wheel, powering the brand’s latest self-winding in-house calibre. This ideally modular movement incorporates the main De Bethune technological breakthroughs, such as the self-regulating twin barrel specifically designed to eliminate friction and efficiently transmit a maximum of energy and the triple pare-chute shock-absorbing system that reduces potential disturbances due to impacts to an absolute minimum and protects the balance-spring pivots.
The Final Word
According to the brand all of the above makes this latest creation the most complete calibre of its generation, which is really saying something for a watchmaker of this pedigree. Presented on an extra-supple alligator leather strap with pin buckle, the Titan Hawk could very well be the De Bethune you have been waiting for.
For more information please visit the brand’s official website: www.debethune.com.