New Watch! • 26 May 2015
De Bethune – The DB25 Quetzalcoatl Coils Around the Heart of Time
The Quetzalcoatl is a composite name in the Nahuatl language derived from the Quetzalli – a term used to describe the large, precious green feathers of the sacred Quetzal bird; and Coatl – a Nahuatl word meaning “snake”.
One of the main divinities of the Mesoamerican civilisations, the feathered serpent reigned for many long centuries over Pre-Columbian America. This powerful symbol of Mesoamerican culture was the core of worship, and was considered to govern the cycle of time from dawn to dusk, in conjunction with the evening star. The Quetzalcoatl is also closely associated with agriculture, as well as being the sovereign protector of goldsmiths, artisans, and the inventor of the calendar.
Unveiled by De Bethune, the De Bethune DB25 Quetzalcoatl features a solid gold dial exquisitely fashioned by the gifted Michelle Rothen – Based on drawings by David Zanetta. Not straying from age-old tradition of artistic crafts and engraving, the heart of the dial is enlivened with the presence of a gold Quetzalcoatl which is further accentuated by microlight finishing.
The De Bethune DB25 Quetzalcoatl is a Limited Edition piece with only 20 across the world.
This mechanical hand-wound movement beating at a frequency of 4 Hertz is equipped with a self-regulating twin barrel ensuring a 6-day power reserve, the famous triple pare-chute shock-absorbing system protecting the regulating organ, a silicon escape-wheel and a balance-spring with flat terminal curve ensuring optimal concentric development.
The Hour Glass is a proud retailer of De Bethune Timepieces.