Having previously used meteorite in the case of the remarkable Dream Watch 5, and the dials of the DB28 Kind of Blue Meteorite and the DB28XP Meteorite, the new DB25 Starry Varius Aérolite joins the ‘material’ family, with its familiar starry sky dial made of Muonionalusta meteorite.
Discovered in 1906 near the village of Kitkiöjärvi between Sweden and Finland, it was given its name in 1910 by Professor A. G. Högbom, who named it ‘Muonionalusta’ after a place nearby on the Muonio River. Composed mainly of iron and nickel, it is distinguished by the geometrical lines of its 60° angle cross-hatched “Widmanstätten” pattern.
Muonionalusta meteorite was first used by De Bethune for the DB28XP Meteorite. For this new piece, the starry sky featuring the Milky Way is on a blued and polished meteorite dial. It also has a number of white gold pins of different sizes scattered across the sky, depicting stars. As you may be familiar with, when it comes to the Starry Varius, the customer can personalise it with their own constellation or part of the sky. The hands are hand-polished steel and the hours and minutes ring is silver-toned, both as in line with the DB 25 Starry Varius model in general.
The case is 42mm and made from polished grade 5 titanium. Through the open case back can be seen the manually-wound Calibre DB2109V4, which beats at 36,000VPH, has a four day power reserve, and features a 30 second tourbillon made from silicon and titanium. The titanium patented balance wheel has small white gold inserts.
Coming on an alligator strap with a grade 5 titanium pin buckle, the DB25 Starry Varius Aérolite will be limited to a production of five pieces per year.
[Photo credit: De Bethune]