De Bethune Dream Watch 5 Inspired By Disney Hands-On

De Bethune Dream Watch 5 Inspired By Disney Hands-On

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While I've already waxed poetic about the beautiful DB28 Digitale, De Bethune announced another truly bonkers watch at SIHH this past January. Expanding upon their Dream Watch series, De Bethune has debuted the Dream Watch 5, a titanium watch that is equal parts sculpture and art deco-inspired spaceship.

Now, I know you've seen watches compared with spaceships in the past, and I'd agree - because I too have read any post about Urwerk. The difference is that if I made a spaceship that looked like the Dream Watch 5, with no prior knowledge of what spaceships (real or imagined) tend to look like, it would be a job well done. In fact, De Bethune may have found inspiration in a very specific spaceship from pop culture. Also important to note is that the version seen here is a prototype and, according to De Bethune, it's too small. The final version will be larger on the wrist.

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De Bethune Dream Watch 5 Inspired By Disney Hands On   hands on

De Bethune has even gone as far as fitting a 1 carat ruby into the crown, a combination which bears a strong resemblance to the firing thruster of some imaginary interplanetary vehicle. The design is beautiful, whimsical and a natural example of what makes De Bethune so unique.

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De Bethune Dream Watch 5 Inspired By Disney Hands On   hands on

The Dream Watch 5 measures 49 mm wide, with a 39 mm wingspan and a height of just 11 mm, essentially the length and thickness of a large JLC Reverso, but worn sideways (and taller). The case is titanium with an anti-reflective sapphire up front and a solid titanium case back in the rear.

20 comments
IvanGopey
IvanGopey

For 150000 franks it should have some more special to show. Unique watch but price is unbased.

spiceballs
spiceballs

I also rather like it and agree that a metallic (Ti?) bracelet would be more suitable.  I wonder if it should be turned 90 deg (with the readout also reoriented, of course) to avoid digging into the wrist?  And maybe a view of the movement on the underside wouldn't be too odd for the design?  Sleek.

DG Cayse
DG Cayse

I like it.

Of course, I would never purchase or wear one of these.

But I do like it.

LapYoda
LapYoda

I loved Flight of the Navigator as a kid, but under repeat viewing as an adult the movie just doesn't hold up.  Far too much buildup for an unsatisfyingly short time seeing the spaceship on screen.  The spaceship *was* cool, though, and I think this watch is cool too.  It's as if the Hamilton Ventura XXL went to an Art Deco polishing school.


For those of you saying this looks like a bathroom scale, you're wrong.  That honor goes to the De Bethune DB28 Digitale.

Abu Rose
Abu Rose

This is the sleekest spaceship inspired watch I have ever seen. Though different in terms of watch category, but both the Azimuth Landship Tank Wondering Drum and the Romain Jerome Spacecraft miss the mark. De Bethune's Dream Watch 5 is definitely much easier on the eyes than the DeWitt WX-1 and MB&F HM4. I applaud DB for this great effort, as the aerodynamic lines of a UFO case, the cockpit-resembling time display, and the giant red ruby mimicking a propulsion exhaust co-exist in harmony. Did I mention I love this watch?  

De Bethune is one of my favorite high end watch brands. They embody sophistication, class and innovation. Just look at their achingly beautiful De Bethune DB25 LT Tourbillon, the audaciously tribal DB25 Imperial Fountain collection, the geometrically scaled DB28 Digitale, and now this time-traveling marvel of a watch Dream Watch 5. I am simply speechless. It is really hard for me to believe that De Bethune is only 11 years old, with the number of acclaimed original designs making waves in the luxury watch scene. They started in 2002 when David Zanetta and Denis Flageollet joined their artistic and mechanical repertoires to give us one sublime watch brand. They call themselves Modern Day Alchemists but to me they are more of Horological ones that transcend time and space, literally. 

P.S. My wife just yelled at me saying I do not write her love letters like the above :-)

CG
CG

Now here's a niche market for Weight Watchers' or Nutrisystem branded bathroom scale watches....

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

I loved that film.  I was just a kid back then but that is probably one of the coolest looking ship designs ever created.  Variable geometry fuselages are something they're researching for aircraft now, so I guess it was ahead of its time.  The watch doesn't look quite as good - much simpler, but still nice.  Pairing it with a leather strap seems wrong somehow.  It's just far too futuristic for that.

Ryan B
Ryan B

ah I loved watching that movie in the 80's

Frauss
Frauss

Bathroom scale, guys.

SN0WKRASH
SN0WKRASH moderator

I'm just crazy about it - love the ruby crown

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

Cool in its own way. Can't wait to see a Klingon Bird of Prey follow-on watch.

Grinnie Jax
Grinnie Jax

De Bethune guys know how to make appealing "crazy cool watches". I see Cecil Purnel on one side of coolness meter of crazy watches (probably close to 0) and De Bethune on another side (close to MAX).

WimadS
WimadS

@Ulysses31

I agree on the strap... they take effort to design such a crazy futuristic looking watch, and then they fit it with an old school leather strap :/ 

BIGCHRONO
BIGCHRONO

@Frauss This is the most expensive bathroom scale I've run across. Not justified @ these hefty price levels. 

Begone greed & corruption, your excessiveness is not appreciated nor required.

Zeitblom
Zeitblom

An insult! To bathroom scales.