Swiss watchmaker De Bethune has unveiled a new timepiece for the upcoming Only Watch auction.
It’s called the De Bethune ‘Seeking Perfect’, and it’s made from iron.
And the price will make you faint.
The drop-shaped case is made from steel and forged iron, while the minute display is made from blue sapphire.
The magnifying glass on the right-hand side of the watch covers a tiny display with small numbers for the minutes, and slightly larger numbers for the hours.
It is everything but practical, but then again this is a collector’s item.
Art for art’s sake, if you like.
The case back features a small transparent window, too, designed to showcase the in-house tourbillon movement that powers it.
Just like all the other watches available for the auction, this is a piece unique, which is watch jargon for ‘one-off’.
And just like the other timepieces, it costs a fortune.
According to the Only Watch auction team, the De Bethune Seeking Perfect is expected to fetch anywhere between CHF 220,000 and CHF 270,000.
That’s equivalent to $245,000 – $300,000.
About Only Watch auction
Only Watch is a charity auction that takes place every two years.
Every watch sold is a piece unique made specifically for the auction.
This year’s auction consists of 62 timepieces from 62 different watch manufacturers including, among others, Zenith, Richard Mille, TAG Heuer, Tiffany, Tudor, Jacob & Co., Louis Vuitton and AP.