In this year’s Best of the Best, we continue to honour the brands and people who have continued to create covetable products, even in the midst of a global pandemic. Here, we have De Bethune win ‘best function’ in the world of watches
Watches with dual dials are nothing new. Jaeger-LeCoultre, of course, is the most widely known, and Patek Philippe’s US$31 million (S$42.09 million) Grandmaster Chime famously had pivoting displays. You would, however, be hard-pressed to find one as futuristic-looking as De Bethune’s DB Kind of Two Tourbillon. Followers of the brand will instantly recognise the spaceship-style dial with the symmetrical deltoid-shaped bridge. Crafted with the use of heat- blued titanium and hand-polished titanium surfaces, the first dial of this lightweight piece features a 30-second tourbillon beating at five hertz for a bit of gravity-defying showmanship for the wrist.
It seemingly floats in between the exterior case and lugs as it turns over to reveal its more conservative side. The traditional take comes with a hand-guilloche finishing at the centre of a silvered dial, along with classic Breguet-style blued hands and Arabic numerals. There are no bells and whistles on this end – just pure, straightforward time-only beauty.
No matter which way you prefer it, the piece swivels with just a touch of the finger, so you can flip-flop to suit your alter egos with ease.