De Bethune DB28 Dark Shadows
De Bethune DB28 Dark Shadows
De Bethune DB28 Dark Shadows

DB28 Dark Shadows 50-piece limited edition

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Winner of the 2011 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève “Aiguille d’Or” award the highest distinction awarded by the Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix. fast forward three years, we followed it up with something special…

Welcome to the DB28 ‘Dark Shadows” a matt black interpretation of our iconic model, produced in a limited run of just 50 pieces.

Adorned with its famous crown at 12 o’clock, the DB28 which is known for the surprising lightness of its case and the comfort of its floating lugs – a patented system that adapts to the size of the wrist and its various movements, but now instead of the lightweight titanium, you find zirconium!
In our search for materials and new processes, we saw the choice to machine zirconium as a natural and sustainable alternative to titanium.

Zirconium has the perfect properties for a watch, the hardness of the metal, together with stable oxidation that is unaffected by daily changes in temperature, are twin assets that guarantee the resistance and durability of the exterior of a timepiece. Plus the colour of black.

By ultra heat-treating the Zirconium a deep black colour is formed, which can be polished like the dial which opens a window onto the movement, displaying a wealth of nuances including multiple ways in which the light plays across the material and its different finishes to reveal a variety of shades ranging from anthracite grey to intense black. A touch of ruthenium and hand-polished blackened steel accompany the sandblasted bridges and the refined elegance of Côtes de Genève reinterpreted by De Bethune.

The case however satin-brushed giving pure matt all-black look, and it only takes one glimpse of the Dark Shadows to see how the colour change from the titanium version gives a completely different look and feel. More of a play of tones, monochromatic intense and stealth-like.

Our iconic three-dimensional moon-phase also gets the black treatment, the sphere is made from palladium and anthracite zirconium hand-polished. Spinning on its axis and boasting a degree of precision equivalent to a mere one-day difference every 122 years.

Equipped with the Calibre DB2115 the DB28 Dark Shadows is endowed with the numerous technological innovations developed and produced within the Manufacture. Its precision is further consolidated by the self-regulating twin barrel and by the presence within the regulating organ of a silicon/palladium balance wheel and a balance-spring with a flat terminal curve, protected by the triple pare-chute system.
Combining classical and contemporary codes, highlighting the technical breakthroughs achieved by the Manufacture and the meticulous decoration work of its artisans, custodians of age-old expertise, the DB28 Dark Shadows is a great example of what we as De Bethune can achieve, plus let's face it, it looks really cool!

Now you have the chance own this rare limited edition, knowing it's been certified and refurbished by our own watchmakers, wearing a fresh new strap, and with a Preowned two-year guarantee.

Production Year: 2015
Model Launch Year: 2014
Discontinued: 2015
Number Of Watches Produced: 50
Original Retail Price: 85’000 CHF

Name: DB28 Dark Shadows
Reference: DB28ZDSC8N

Functions: Hours, Minutes, Spherical moon phase indication at
6 o’clock, Performance indication between 2 and
3 o’clock
Movement: DB2115
Type: Mechanical hand-wound movement
Adjustment: Winding and setting the time by means of the crown (2 positions)

Technical features of calibre DB2115
Number of parts: 295
Jewelling: 36 jewels
Diameter: 30 mm
Power reserve: 6 days, ensured by a self-regulating twin barrel
De Bethune Innovation (2004)

Specificities: Silicon and white gold balance wheel
De Bethune Patent (2010)

"De Bethune" balance-spring with flat terminal curve
De Bethune Patent (2006)

Silicon escape wheel

Spherical moon phase indication accurate to a degree of one lunar day every 122 years – De Bethune Patent (2004)

Triple pare-chute shock-absorbing system
De Bethune Innovation (2005)

Frequency: 28,800 vibrations per hour

Adornment: hand-crafted finishing and decoration
black mirror-polished steel parts
Côtes De Bethune

Display: black polished steel hands
De Bethune spherical moon-phase indication in palladium and anthracite zirconium polished at 6 o’clock
Performance indication between 2 and 3 o’clock

Dial: black – anthracite zirconium mirror polished hours ring

spherical hour-marker in black mirror-polished – black steel parts – matt black ruthenium

Case and strap:
Case material: Sandblasted anthracite zirconium
Case diameter: 42.6 mm
Case thickness: 9,2 mm
Lugs: Long floating lugs in sandblasted anthracite zirconium – De Bethune Patent (2006)
Crystal: In sapphire crystal (1800 Vickers hardness) with double anti-reflective coating
Case back: open – 6-day power-reserve indication – rack in pink gold
Water resistance: 10 ATM
Strap: Extra-supple alligator leather strap
Buckle: Pin buckle in anthracite zirconium



All PreOwned purchases come with free shipping on behalf of the De Bethune team as a thank-you for choosing our Certified Preowned platform. Once payment is received in full, we endeavor to ship your new De Bethune  as soon as possible (usually within 2-3 days.) Please note that shipping will be delayed if payments are taken over the weekend, bank or national holidays.

*All prices are excluding any importation taxes & fees requested by the buyers country policy. If taxes & fees should be applied at the importation, They should be carried by the buyer.

Based on your location, we will choose the right shipping agent to ensure your watch reaches to swiftly and safely. Once it has been collected from us, we will email you to confirm and share the tracking details.

If shipping is delayed for unforeseen reasons, you will be notified immediately so we can agree on the best possible outcome. 

*Please note due to restrictions on exotic leather in certain countries, your new purchase might be sent on a different strap than pictured. This is to avoid delays at customs. We will send the correct strap separately. 

We trust it won't happen, but in the unlikely event that you are not fully satisfied, please contact us on +41 22 310 22 71 and we will be happy to go over our returns process with you. 

Please note that we cannot refund returned items unless all elements on the returns checklist have been confirmed.


1. All tags and labels are in their original state and place and have not at any point been removed from the watch.

2. The timepiece has not been worn and is free of any marks or scratches that were not present at the time of shipping.

3. All instructions, warranty card, packaging etc. are in the same condition as at the time of shipping.

4. The timepiece is returned to us within 14 days (De Bethune does not cover the cost of shipping. The watch must be shipped via an official courier and be fully insured.)

Please contact us on +41 22 310 22 71 as soon as you are aware of a fault with your watch.

After the watch has been returned to De Bethune for a full inspection and approved for a refund, please allow up to 14 days from the date of receipt for processing. Funds will be credited back using the original payment method.
Should you have any further queries regarding our returns policy, please do not hesitate to contact us via e-mail at

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