Mark the end of the world according to Mayan calendar with the “De Bethune Ninth Mayan Underworld”

De Bethune Ninth Mayan Underworld
De Bethune Ninth Mayan Underworld

De Bethune Ninth Mayan Underworld is in a style quite different from what we are accustomed to and a novel piece exploring new territory, the Arts and Crafts. It is inspired by the Mayan Calendar.

Through their calendars, the Maya established with incredible precision the end of their ‘long count’ calendar to be Friday, December 21, 2012, this being the basis of various interpretations for the end of the world.

To mark the symbolic passing of humankind as predicted by the Mayan calendar, De Bethune will release twelve unique watches in honor of these traditions.

With the De Bethune Ninth Mayan Underworld,  De Bethune has tried to recreate the deep atmosphere of pottery and stone sculptures by Mayan scribes.

The bezel of the dial shows the time according to the Mayan number system, while the inner ring shows the 20 glyphs of deities, sacred animals and objects representing different calendar days.

The center of the dial which has the “Baktun” hand-engraved by Michèle Rothen on it.
This is the longest measurement of the Mayan calendar system known as the ‘Long Count’ and equals 144,000 days.

In order to highlight the subtle visual balance  the needles are made of sapphire blue trim steel following an exclusive procedure devised by De Bethune.

The name of the watch refers to the ninth and final underworld – each lasts 400 years – and will culminate as the calendar ends in 2012.

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Dial Detail

Technical description of the De Bethune Ninth Mayan Underworld

Functions: hours – minutes

Movement: Calibre DB 2005 – mechanical hand-wound

Mainplate hand-decorated and snailed, hand-chamfered and polished steel parts, De Bethune stripes

Self-regulating twin barrel*

Silicon/platinum balance wheel*

Triple pare-chute shock-absorbing system*

Jewelling: 29 jewels

Frequency: 28,800 vibrations per hour

Power reserve: 6-day power reserve

Case Drum measuring 44 mm in diameter in white gold with hollowed lugs

Thickness: 12.50 mm

Glass: sapphire crystal, 1800 Vickers with double anti-reflective treatment

Crown at 3 o’clock – adjustment in 2 positions

Exhibition back: sapphire crystal with double anti-reflective treatment

Dial in solid gold hand-engraved by Michèle Rothen and composed of three parts:

outer ring with numerical glyphs in flame-blued steel

inner ring composed of 20 different glyphs symbolising divinities, animals or sacred objects

central part representing a period glyph, the baktun comprising 144,000 days

Hands in sapphire rimmed with flame-blued steel

Strap : extra-supple alligator leather with pin buckle

* Patents registered by the Manufacture De Bethune

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