De Bethune Introduces the Maestri’Art DW5 Armilia

Fully engraved and still extraterrestrial.

Shaped like an extraterrestrial seashell, the De Bethune Dream Watch 5 (DW5) is the brand’s most striking timepiece. It’s simple in function – showing just the time and moon phase – but more of a time-telling object than a mere watch.

The new Maestri’Art DW5 Armilia is the opposite of the sleek, smooth finish of the original Dream Watch. The rose gold case is fully engraved with a motif from Les Cités obscures, or The Obscure Cities, a series of graphic novels by Belgian duo François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters. Specifically, the engraving depicts Armilia, an underground city of the novels that’s shaped like an armillary sphere.

François Schuiten’s original drawing of Armilia

Responsible for the engraving is Michele Rothen Rebetez, a freelance engraver based in Le Locle who has worked with De Bethune for several years, most recently on the Maestri Art I and II. Instead of the deeper, relief engraving that Ms Rothen Rebetez typically uses for watches, the DW5 Armilia is finished with banknote style engraving, made up of numerous fine, shallow lines to create depth and shadow.

The DW5 is produced in two sizes, and the DW5 Armilia is in the larger, 58mm size. Mechanically, it is identical to the standard DW5, with the time indicated in a narrow window, along with the spherical moon phase display, both framed in blued titanium.

The cal is 18k rose gold, while the crown is topped with a 1-carat blue sapphire.


Key facts and price

Maestri’Art DW5 Armilia

Diameter: 58mm
Height: 16mm
Material: 18k rose gold
Water resistance: 30m

Movement: DB2144V2
Functions: Jumping hours, minutes, and spherical moon phase
Winding: Hand-wound

Frequency: 28,800 beats per hour, or 4Hz
Power reserve: Five days

Strap: Alligator with pin buckle

Limited edition: Unique piece
Price: 250,000 Swiss francs before taxes

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