STRAP: Blue alligator strap with alligator lining and titanium buckle with rose gold pin
DIAL: Hand-cut sapphire window
LIMITED EDITION: Unique piece
FUNCTIONS: Jump hours, Analogue minutes, Moon-phase indicator
BOX: Fitted presentation box
PAPERS: Warranty card dated 2019
Please note this lot is the property of a private individual.
Denis Flageollet, De Bethune co-founder and Master Watchmaker, has imagined a wrist-sized sculpture in the form of the Dream Watch 5 - engraved as a direct reference to a drawing of the City of Armilia, from the fantasy universe of designer and scenographer François Schuiten, nicknamed the “Watchmaker of Dreams”.
Featuring extreme miniaturization of its mechanism, Armilia is first and foremost dedicated to design, with time only an element. In the face of the watch, polished blued steel and palladium guide the eye towards the digital and minimalist display of the hours and minutes, all this is visible through a hand-cut cabochon-shaped tempered glass providing a chance to get a better view of this mechanism that counts off time. A small two-colored sphere indicates the moon phases.
A fascinating timepiece and work of art, De Bethune's Maestri'Art DW5 Armilia is a landmark on the frontier between art and watchmaking, testifying to a vision of unbridled creativity while remaining based on profound understanding and respect for the great master-watchmakers of the past, whose work it transcends and magnifies.