(credit: De Bethune) De Bethune DB M iPhone Case | US$tbc | www.debethune.com
pocket watches or some call it fob-watches used to be a symbol of masculine stature, however its presence was gradually overtaken when wristwatch were invented. in an attempt to bring back this stature symbol, De Bethune, a Swiss avant-garde mechanical time piece maker, introduces the DM-M – an iPhone case with a pocket watch fused to its back. powered by hand-wound mechanical Calibre DB 1024 with 6-days power reserve, the 31-jewels pocket watch features 212 components that are hand-decorated and snailed manipulate.
encased in its 48 millimeters diameter case is a pair of minutes and seconds hand in flame-blue steel over a hand-guilloché dial, protected by a sapphire crystal that has 1800 Vickers hardness with double anti-reflective treatment. the case, or as De Bethune puts it, a “protective pouch”, is of finely crafted extra-supple chestnut brown full-grain alligator leather topped off with control buttons in gold. exquisite? i say a 100%. redundant? perhaps. but it should be worthy for any fob-watch or pocket watch collectors. not so much for the collections but a symbol of yesteryear’s masculinity.
no word on the price and the availability of the DM-M, though. the De Bethune was announced during the recent BASELWORLD 2011.