Calendar watches heat up the horology scene with new takes on an old problem
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Jeff Daniels-The Newsroom, July/August 2012
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De Bethune, a brand known for its artful approach to technical watchmaking, pays tribute to the scientific and artistic accomplishments of the Maya with the DB25 IX Maya, limited to 12 pieces. The artisan Michèle Rothen hand engraves each unique solid gold dial to evoke the sculpted ceramics and stones in Mayan culture and to reflect the calculations of its intricate calendar system. Mayan numerals are positioned along the hour circle, while an inner ring depicts 20 glyphs of divinities, animals, and sacred objects representing the various days of the calendar. At the center of the dial is a period glyph, the baktun, which is used to calculate what’s known as the Long Count lasting 144,000 days. So as not to obscure Rothen’s work, the watch’s hands are crafted from clear sapphire crystal, rimmed with blued steel. Should you awaken on December 22, 2012, donning the DB25 IX Maya will serve as another poignant reminder that no one really knows when their time will come.
Laurie Kahle writes on timepieces and travel for Cigar Aficionado.
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