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De Bethune Dream Watch 5 With Meteorite Case Hands-On

De Bethune Dream Watch 5 With Meteorite Case Hands-On Hands-On

It was almost three years ago that I first put on this piece unique version of the De Bethune Dream Watch 5 (DW5) with an all-meteorite case. De Bethune’s David Zanetta said he “made the watch for fun,” which pretty much sums up the reason he creates most of what he does. In 2014, our James Stacey went hands-on with the more “standard” version of the Dream Watch 5 in titanium (here). There, you can read more about the watch’s concept, and very convincing aesthetic connection to the 1984 Disney movie Flight of the Navigator.

De Bethune Dream Watch 5 With Meteorite Case Hands-On Hands-On

De Bethune Dream Watch 5 With Meteorite Case Hands-On Hands-On

As a space-themed timepiece, or at least a fantasy spaceship-themed timepiece, the De Bethune Dream Watch 5 design might be unique but its concept is hardly unusual for the Swiss brand that merges traditional horology with modern materials and creative designs. It is one thing to have a titanium spaceship on the wrist, and it is another thing to have a rather wild-looking cut meteorite spaceship on the wrist. Moreover, unlike the standard DW5 watch, the De Bethune Dream Watch 5 Meteorite adds a tourbillon complication and may actually be just this one-off model.

De Bethune Dream Watch 5 With Meteorite Case Hands-On Hands-On

De Bethune Dream Watch 5 With Meteorite Case Hands-On Hands-On

To be honest, I don’t know why De Bethune wanted to wait so long to allow anyone to write about the De Bethune Dream Watch 5 Meteorite. The difficulty in producing the case and the awfully limited market for such a watch might be part of the reason. With that said, the smooth, science-fiction styling of this “real-life concept watch” in the beautiful case material makes it difficult for me to resist its rare appeal. It feels like something from a different world with an indescribable emotional allure to it. Actually, it basically is something from another world with a difficult-to-describe emotional horological appeal to it.

De Bethune Dream Watch 5 With Meteorite Case Hands-On Hands-On

De Bethune Dream Watch 5 With Meteorite Case Hands-On Hands-On

The De Bethune Dream Watch 5 isn’t actually all that big, being 49mm wide and 39mm tall. It isn’t very thick, either, and wears surprisingly well on the wrist despite its highly unorthodox proportions. The stone material of the meteorite is specially blued, which results in a series of blues and purples that would go excellently next to any piece of pretty blued-titanium that the brand is famous for. The ruby-capped crown actually has a diamond inside of it and looks like the “engine” (or eye) of the structure.

De Bethune Dream Watch 5 With Meteorite Case Hands-On Hands-On

Time is indicated on two discs with one for the hours and another for the minutes. For the De Bethune Dream Watch 5 Meteorite the discs are in a silver tone and adjacent to a blued-titanium segment that includes space for the brand’s signature style “orb” moon phase indicator that slowly makes a complete revolution about once each 29.5 days to show the changing phases of the moon. The movement is manually wound, and the case back is a bit thicker and given a slightly different design than the original titanium version of the De Bethune Dream Watch 5.

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De Bethune Dream Watch 5 With Meteorite Case Hands-On Hands-On

I don’t have too much more information about the movement, but it has an exposed tourbillon through a small window on the back-side of the case. Here, you can see the spinning tourbillon-style De Bethune escapement system complete with silicon balance wheel (with 18k white gold exterior) and silicon escapement. Power reserve should be at least 4-6 days.

De Bethune Dream Watch 5 With Meteorite Case Hands-On Hands-On

There is a lot I don’t know about this mysterious watch such as how the case was produced or if De Bethune will produce any more. I believe they have the skill and some materials to produce a few more of the De Bethune Dream Watch 5 Meteorite, but we will see how this very interesting, and very original watch does before looking to the future. Personally, I am very happy to be shown this extremely interesting and rare style of high-luxury watch that feels like found treasure (from outer space). Price for the De Bethune Dream Watch 5 Meteorite is 450,000 Swiss francs. debethune.ch

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  • SN0WKRASH

    My only disappointment, other than the price, of course, is that I did not see fully functional photon torpedo bays flanking the sides, angled to complement the diamond and ruby which charge to fire a focused beam capable of engaging a Klingon Bird of Prey, or, on a lower setting, blast away selectively every piece of kale that is insidiously forced upon me in everything I order in a restaurant lately. Other than that, I love that it is, at once, a spaceship and a post-apolcolyptic giant blue beetle. I find it deeply beautiful.

    • Ulysses31

      Upvoted for nerdtacular sci-fi knowledge.

    • john coleman

      Brilliant.

    • iamcalledryan

      The anti-Kale laser is a surprisingly underused complication these days. I am not sure if it is a reflection of technological limitations or mass-acceptance of kale, regardless they are both unsettling prospects.

    • Sounds like any old AK weapon (anti-kale that is, or is it “Assault Kale-ashnikov”?) will do for you Kristin. I was going to mention the giant blue beetle but you beat me to it.

      Funky watch, so cool and so odd. Sure it does not looks like nearly half a mega-buck, but that’s why it’s cool – you have to know what it is to appreciate it. It does not scream “I”M AM EXPENSIVE WATCH” like some gold cased and diamond encrusted pieces do. I love DB as they make what they think is fun and cool.

    • Nateb123

      #californiaproblems

    • Shinytoys

      check the options sheet 🙂

  • IanE

    Extraordinary – only De Bethune could ever produce this! I actually prefer the ‘standard’ version, but you have to love their imagination!

    • MEddie90

      I was thinking the same, the regular titanium version is more appealing to me (and 1/3rd of the price) but you’ve got to love the insanity of a meteorite case watch. I wonder what meteorite is like for durability.

      • Nateb123

        It’s mostly iron and carbon which is why you can blue with a flame. Simply put, not very good durability. It could just crack along the ribbons of rock and carbon that run through it and is just generally made from iron which is very malleable. But then, one could argue that the finish makes the odd nick and bump irrelevant.

  • PleaseSpellRoman4AsIV

    Wow, wow and just wow. It really shows that if you have some creativity and proper watch making skills you can actually create a high end piece without all the icing that is on too many of the SIHH watches this year. I hope the industry will start using more meteorite (at least for the dials) as for me personally it is a much more fun and interesting material.

  • Ulysses31

    The colours and patterns are beautiful. It looks like it would need a big chunk of a meteorite to make this, so I am not surprised by the cost. Unfortunately it also resembles an item you might find on the set of Babylon 5, a plasticy metallic painted piece of set dressing, or something you might find attached to a Vorlon. I’m conflicted by the creation of something that is so expensive and requiring so much skill, but ends up looking a bit cheap.

    • WINKS

      Probably just the way the photos come across. They aren’t exactly photoshopped press release types now, are they?

  • Looks like someone strapped a rusted toy he bought at a garage sale to his wrist. Using a strap he found in the garbage.

    • iamcalledryan

      Visually I agree with you. It’s a direct challenge to our expectation that value should be matched by shine. It’s like the RJ Titanic DNA concept but ramped up.

      This is a very personal watch, one that would spark conversation because of it’s strangeness, and I dare say it would take a layman a minute or two before they suddenly realized that it would be extremely expensive!

  • Richard Baptist

    Amazing haute horology and material construction. I too prefer the regular, titanium model. This is a great piece of skill for a one a kind piece. I like it but I don’t love it.

  • iamcalledryan

    This watch is in a League and a World of it’s own. Amazing.

    • Shinytoys

      it’s the Bee’s Knee’s Baby !!!

  • Ryan B.

    It even comes with its own suture kit to stitch yourself up every time it gouges your wrist.

  • funNactive

    Out of this world. Tourbillon belong viewable from the top (IMO). I like Meteorite dials but I’m a little unsure about it being used for the case. “Awfully limited market” – I’d purchase at under $100.00 for a novelty bout no real money.

  • DanW94

    This is the watch I imagine George Jetson wearing, while working at his desk at Spacely Sprockets.

    • iamcalledryan

      Jetson’s boss – Jetson has the more affordable Hamilton asymmetrical watch or a “vintage” iwatch. Judy would flip if George spent their savings on a de Bethune – but what an episode that would make – George spending 10 minutes of it defending the merits of a tourbillon on a timepiece that is more frequently in a horizontal position.

      Not to mention a meteorite case is like steel over there…

      • DanW94

        LOL…..George finally convinces her to let him get his De Bethune and Elroy smashes it to pieces flying it around the room. Judy then promptly goes out and buys the Audemars Diamond Fury watch….

        • iamcalledryan

          That is the ultimate revenge purchase

    • Larry Holmack

      Man…too bad they don’t make the Jetson’s cartoon anymore….you two just wrote a great episode!!!

  • frauss

    Yee haw! The bathroom scale is back!

  • Nelson

    I really really love De Bethune but this watch is ugly and super weird. This watch may be made for aliens.

  • Roman Klime

    Selling a used watch. Just slightly beaten. ))

  • JPonce

    This is so ugly yet so beautiful! Speechless…

  • Larry Holmack

    They should donate a few to the cast of “The Big Bang Theory!!” I can just see Sheldon and Leonard bragging about their new watches to Howard and Raj. Then having Penny and Amy both wondering what happened to their life savings!!! It would make an epic episode!!

  • Shinytoys

    A jump hour watch built into an Electrolux head. What is not to love, I ask you 🙂 Love this piece.

  • BreathRhythms

    Le bons temps roulez!