Revisiting the De Bethune 2011 novelties

The De Bethune DB28 with blued titanium lugs

Pierre Jacques, the recently appointed CEO of De Bethune, and Alessandro Zanetta, son of De Bethune co-founder David, are in Singapore to present the brand’s 2011 collection. I am a fan of the brand’s products, which I find uniquely stunning, both visually and technically. Here are photos of the new watches I snapped at SIHH. They are the DB10 automatic, the DB25T tourbillon and the DB28. Photos after the jump. More on the 2011 novelties to come soon. – SJX

The DB10, the new entry level automatic

The DB25T, tourbillon with dead-beat seconds

The DB28, which is the DBS with spring-loaded lugs, note the option of blued titanium case and lugs

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REPORT: Panerai “Time and Space – Tribute to Galileo Galilei” Exhibition in Shanghai

Panerai just concluded the “Time and Space – Tribute to Galileo Galilei” exhibition in Shanghai, China. Held at the Shanghai Sculpture Space, the show displayed an incredibly comprehensive collection of vintage and modern Panerai watches, as well as artefacts from the Galileo Museum in Florence.

Panerai Luminor Egiziano c. 1956

Most, if not all, of the notable Panerai watches from past and present were on show. Every iteration of the Luminor and Radiomir conceivable, as well as everything else in between like the transitional models and Mare Nostrum. Especially notable was the comprehensive range of vintage Panerai from the Panerai museum in Florence which are rarely seen anywhere. The Egiziano, Slytech and Mare Nostrum were all part of the exhibition. Also on show were the astronomical complications launched at Panerai last year, the L’Astronomo (Luminor 1950 Equation of Time Tourbillon Titanio – 50 mm), Lo Scienziato (Radiomir Tourbillon GMT Ceramica – 48 mm) and Jupiterium planetarium clock. And Panerai also had watchmakers on hand demonstrating the finer points of the in-house calibres. One of them was assembling the tourbillon calibre P.2005. Here’s a short clip of his putting the cage together. For those who missed the show fret not, the exhibition will next travel to the US at a future undetermined date.

– SJX 

Panerai Luminor 47 mm c. 1940s-1950s
Panerai Luminor Daylight Slytech c. 1995
Panerai Luminor Left-Handed Destro c. 1940s-1950s
Panerai Mare Nostrum Prototype c. 1943
Panerai Radiomir c. 1936
Panerai Radiomir c. 1938
Panerai strap patina
Panerai Jupiterium planetarium
Panerai Radiomir PAM21 in platinum with Rolex movement
The actual Panerai Luminor PAM92 worn by Mike Horn
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