It also just so happens to be designed after one.
Whether you think the De Bethune DB25 Quetzalcoatl is cool or just weird is purely subjective, but you have to agree that it’s extremely unique in the world of high-end watches.
In case you haven’t brushed up on you Mesoamerican culture recently, Quetzalcoatl was the half-bird-half-serpent deity of the summer winds usually associated with agriculture. Ancient American civilizations also credited it with creating the calendar, which is not only impressive, but sort of fits in with the whole timepiece thing.
The Quetzalcoatl is the latest addition to De Bethune’s DB25 line, which already includes the Zodiac-themed DB25T. It features a solid gold dial made by engraver Michéle Rothen, with 12 unique glyphs representing numbers. The hands are solid gold as well and are sculpted in the shape of Quetzalcoatl. The head is the hour hand while the tail is for minutes.
The 44-millimeter case is made from white gold and has a thickness of 12.5 millimeters, while the sapphire crystal boasts a 1800 Vickers hardness and double anti-reflective treatment. The strap is made from soft alligator leather and has a pin buckle. The movement is a mechanical hand-wound DB2005 unit with a power reserve of six days.
De Bethune is only making 20 examples of the limited-edition DB25 Quetzalcoatl, so act quickly if you want one.
Based in Switzerland, De Bethune has only been around since 2002, but has quickly earned a reputation for making some impressively detailed and innovative timepieces with historic, scientific and artistic themes.