It has taken just 14 short years for two watchmaking devotees to build what history will doubtless view as the foundations of 21st century horology.
In 2002, when David Zanetta, a collector with a passion for art, history and timepieces, decided to join forces in founding De Bethune with Denis Flageollet, the son, grandson and great-grandson of watchmakers, they were both keenly aware of sharing the same vision of tomorrow’s watchmaking.
A subtle blend of time-honoured skills and the latest scientific breakthroughs, devoted to the service of extreme chronometric precision.
De Bethune is above all a research and development tool, a laboratory making use of cutting-edge technologies implemented in the spirit of the great 18th century masterwatchmakers, where all parts are designed and produced one by one, while lavishing particular attention on every detail. A place where all that counts is time measurement, but where time is never counted. The workshops of the Manufacture are tinged with a sense of adventure reminiscent of the epic intellectual endeavours of the Age of Enlightenment.
The field of possibilities appears virtually unlimited to these modern-day explorers of the infinitely small, the infinitely precise, as they bend intently over their workbenches. Passion is at once the watchword, the winning formula and the reward for the constant personal commitment of these exceptional men. How else could one explain the 9 patents, 13 calibres and 15 world première innovations to which the Manufacture has treated watch aficionados in just 14 years of existence?
Naturally, this has been achieved by associating Denis Flageollet’s knowledge, scientific background and insatiable curiosity with David Zanetta’s vast historical and artistic erudition, as well as his aesthetic flair and his passion for beauty. It has also and above all implied the inestimably precious expertise of the expert hands whose ever accurate and constantly repeated gestures convey the heritage of time-honoured experience. The Manufacture has succeeded in bringing these golden hands together like an array of unique pearls.