DB25 Imperial Fountain
Based on the IXème inframonde Maya special series, and building on the wealth of accomplishment involved in such a creative work, De Bethune presents a set composed of 12 art pieces, the DB25 Imperial Fountain. The solid gold dials are adorned with animal symbols of the Chinese zodiac hand-engraved with a free interpretation of the bronze heads surrounding the fountain of the former Summer Palace nestling in the Yuan Ming Yuan garden near Beijing, China.
Peripheral hour indication – peripheral minute indication
Peripheral indicators in flame-blued steel.
in solid gold hand-engraved – twelve different engravings represent the Chinese zodiac heads, which formed the Yuanming Yuan clepsydra. Each dial has at its center the bas-relief of a zodiac sign decorated with the Grand Feu enamel technique.
White or yellow gold, drum-shaped. Diameter:44mm
Fixed and hollowed lugs.
Sapphire crystal with double anti-reflective coating (1800 Vickers).
Case back open, sapphire crystal with double anti-reflective coating (1800 Vickers).
Mechanical hand-wound movement.
Diameter 30 mm – 287 parts – hand-crafted finishing and decoration with chamfered and hand-polished steel parts, mirror-polished and flame-blued steel components.
Self-regulating twin barrel – De Bethune Innovation (2004)
Titanium/platinum balance – De Bethune Patent (2008)
"De Bethune" balance-spring with flat terminal curve – De Bethune Patent (2006)
Triple pare-chute shock-absorbing system – De Bethune Innovation (2005)
Extra-supple alligator leather, alligator lining