De Bethune DB28 Maxichrono
The DB28 Maxichrono marks a significant technological breakthrough in the history of chronographs. De Bethune’s patented absolute clutch system integrates both horizontal and vertical clutch systems to allow the different chronograph counters to function semi-autonomously. The chronograph seconds are governed by the new absolute clutch system; the minutes counter is controlled by a shifting pinion; and the hours counter is engaged by a horizontal clutch. On the reverse, three different types of clutch are behind three semi-independent systems controlled by three visible column-wheels. The dial features highly legible chronograph indications by means of five central hands. Hand-polished and blackened steel hands indicate the hours and minutes; heat-blued steel hands function as the chronograph hours and seconds; and a rose gold hand functions as the chronograph minutes indicator. This ultra-sophisticated, high-precision chronograph is operated simply by a single push button at 12 o’clock.
One of six finalists for TimeZone’s 2014 Watch of the Year, the winner is chosen exclusively by the TimeZone community and the finalist with the most community votes by noon EST on Monday, March 2, 2015 shall win the 2014 TimeZone Watch of the Year Award.
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