DB25 Quetzalcoatl 20-piece limited editionRegular price CHF. 70,000
A slippery little number to get hold of! Limited to 20 pieces only and originally presented in 2015. The DB25 Quetzalcoatl is something special.
Quetzalcoatl a composite name in the Nahuatl* language derived from quetzalli and used to describe the large, precious green feathers of the sacred quetzal bird; and coatl, meaning snake. It is one of the main divinities of the Mesoamerican civilisations and the feathered serpent, its most iconic incarnation, reigned for many long centuries over pre-Columbian America.
A powerful symbol of Mesoamerican culture it was the core of worship and sacred rituals. The related myths and legends appear in the writings of the colonial period. In conjunction with the evening star, it was considered to govern the cycle of time from dawn to dusk. This deity of the summer winds was naturally closely associated with agriculture and in particular with corn farming, as well as being the sovereign protector of goldsmiths and artisans, and the inventor of the calendar.
Quetzalcoatl appears coiled in the centre of the model in varying positions in step with the ever-changing times of the day. This fascinating vision, magnified by the microlight finishing on the dial centre, endows this creation with exceptional depth and mystery. A horological work of three-dimensional art, Michelle Rothen a gifted engraver turned the De Bethune design in an exquisite vision in solid gold. The serpent creature takes on a life of its own with the head of the Quetzalcoatl acting as the hour hand and the tail points out the minutes. Surrounding the Quetzalcoatl is a ring of temples viewed from the sky, which act as the hour markers.
Inside the 44mm white gold case is the DB2005 calibre, a mechanical hand-wound movement with an impressive 6 days power reserve, which is visible through the sapphire case back. The various finishes of the mirror-polished bridges adorned with De Bethune decorations highlight the silicon heart of the patented annual balance of Calibre DB2005, alongside a number of innovations and patents from the Manufacture. This mechanical hand-wound movement beating at a frequency of 4 Hertz is equipped with a self-regulating twin barrel ensuring the 6-day power reserve, the famous triple pare-chute shock-absorbing system protecting the regulating organ, a silicon escape-wheel and a balance-spring with flat terminal curve ensuring optimal concentric development.
Now you have the chance to catch this iconic model again, restored by our own watchmakers with a full refurbishment and testing to make sure we the timepiece meets our own high standards, and for your peace of mind, it has a new De Bethune Certified Preowned two year guarantee, new strap and original De Bethune box.
Model Launch Year: 2015
Number Of Watches Produced: 20
Original Retail Price: 110’000 CHF
Name: DB25 Quetzalcoatl
Functions: Hours, Minutes
Type: Mechanical calibre with manual winding
Adjustment: Winding and the time by means of the crown (2 positions)
Technical features of calibre DB2005
Number of parts: 173
Jewelling: 29 jewels
Diameter: 30 mm
Power reserve: 6 days, ensured by a self-regulating twin barrel
De Bethune Innovation (2004)
Specificities: Silicon and platinum balance wheel
De Bethune Patent (2008)
"De Bethune" balance-spring with flat terminal curve
De Bethune Patent (2006)
Silicon escape wheel
Triple pare-chute shock-absorbing system
De Bethune Patent (2005)
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations per hour
Adornment: Mirror polished plate
barrel bridge cover decorated with “De Bethune stripes”
Hand snailed barrels
Hand-polished, chamfered steel parts
Display: Hands in solid gold hand-engraved featuring Quetzalcoatl whose changing position according to time. The snake’s head shows the hours and the tail of the snake indicates the minutes
Dial : In solid gold hand-engraved by Michèle Rothen and composed of two parts: hours ring with figures inspired by buildings from the Tenochtitlan Templo Mayor; and central part with De Bethune microlight guilloché
Case and strap:
Case material: White gold 5N
Case diameter: 44 mm
Case thickness: 11,2 mm
Lugs: Integrated, hollowed lugs
Crystal: In sapphire crystal (hardness of 1800 Vickers) with double anti-reflective coating
Case back: Open back in polished white gold
Sapphire crystal (hardness of 1800 Vickers) with double anti-reflective coating
Water-resistance: 3 ATM
Strap: Extra-supple alligator skin, lining in alligator
Buckle: Pin buckle in white gold 5N
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*This excludes any importation taxes & fees requested by the buyer’s country policy. If taxes & fees should be applied at the importation, They should be carried by the buyer.
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*Please note due to restrictions on exotic leather in certain countries, your new purchase might be sent on a different strap than pictured. This is to avoid delays at customs. We will send the correct strap separately.
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Please note that we cannot refund returned items unless all elements on the returns checklist have been confirmed.
1. All tags and labels are in their original state and place and have not at any point been removed from the watch.
2. The watch has not been worn and is free of any marks or scratches that were not present at the time of shipping.
3. All instructions, warranty card, packaging etc. are in the same condition as at the time of shipping.
4. The watch is returned to us within 14 days (De Bethune does not cover the cost of shipping. The watch must be shipped via an official courier and be fully insured.)
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RECEIVING A REFUND
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