De Bethune DB25 Quetzalcoatl: A Timepiece Born From Myths & Legends

Just merely judging it by its name, you just know that there is something remarkably exquisite and mystical about De Bethune’s release—the De Bethune DB25 Quetzalcoatl.

Quetzalcoatl—a name derived from the Nahuatl language of the Nahua peoples of Mexico and Central America is a combination of quetzalli and coatl. Quetzalli, describing the large, precious green feathers of the sacred quetzal bird; meanwhile, coatl means snake. The feathered serpent—as seen at the center of the dial—is the most iconic incarnation of one of the principal divinities of the Mesoamerican civilization.

Without a doubt, the De Bethune Quetzalcoatl is such a mesmerizing sight to behold—like an ancient timepiece unearthed from ancient civilizations. There’s much to be said about this powerful symbol of the Mesoamerican culture, but myths and legends have conveyed that in conjunction with the evening star, this symbol was known to govern the cycle of time from dawn to dusk.

De Bethune has done great justice to this revered symbol by having the very gifted Michelle Rothen do the engraving based on David Zanetta’s illustrations. It exemplifies above par craftsmanship that the brand is known for, allowing the bearers of this timepiece to have a magnificent piece of history that’s deeply intertwined with legends, emotions, and mankind’s universal culture.

The dial is made of solid gold, showcasing the snake’s head pointing to the hours, while tail end shows the minutes. The Quetzalcoatl coiled at the center is set against a radiantly glowing De Bethune guilloché motif. The surrounding figures, indicating the hours, are inspired by Aztec temples from the Tenochtitlan Templo Mayor as though they are viewed from the sky. No matter how many times you take a good look at it, the sight of it never fails to leave a feeling of immense awe with the engraving’s exceptional detailing and depth.

Let’s not forget about the excellent Calibre DB2005 mechanical hand-wound movement, as well as other innovations and patents from the brand. This quality mechanism on top of this ancient-inspired Marvel is bound to enrapture and enchant connoisseurs of history, mystical symbolism, and unparalleled sophisticated style.

The De Bethune Quetzalcoatl retails at around CHF 118,800.-