Together with the new DeWitt Twenty-8-Eight Regulator A.S.W. Limited Edition watch (Ref. T8.TH.53.004), the young Swiss brand is going to present the new DeWitt Twenty-8-Eight Tourbillon (Ref. T8.TH.53.004) hand-wound timepiece, which will be available both in white and rose gold.
While the above mentioned DeWitt Regulator A.S.W. is powered by the DW 8014 automatic movement with a ring-shaped peripheral oscillating weight, the new DeWitt Twenty-8-Eight Tourbillon comes equipped with a more sober DW8028 hand-wound movement.
Introduced earlier last year, this relatively slow-beating caliber (its balance makes only 18,000 semi-oscillations per hour) runs on 19 jewels and comprises 185 hand-crafted components. Designed and assembled solely in-house, the movement is decorated by hand with inevitable Cotes de Geneve motif.
Stylistically, the device is very close to its younger brother.
Its dial sports a nice-looking mix of Roman (for the hour marks) and Arabic (for the minutes) numerals applied to the circular rhodium-plated applique that sports the same sunray pattern as the rest of the black-colored dial.
The art-deco-styled grille looks like a front end of a 1930s steam engine, counterbalancing the huge opening that embraces the tourbillon carriage.
Although the design of the watch may look a trifle ponderous to some, it perfectly completes its primary objective: to make the watch as easily recognizable as possible.
The only flaw that I see here is the pair of “children” appliques at 3 and 9 o’clock. From where I sit, they look absolutely redundant.
DeWitt Twenty-8-Eight Tourbillon in Rose Gold (Ref. T8.TH.53.004) hand-wound watch specification
Price: Around $150,000
Movement: Manual, DW8028, 18,000 vph, 19 jewels, 33.00 mm x 7.45 mm, 185 parts, in-house, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: Decorated by hand
Functions: Hours, minutes
Power reserve: 72 hours
Case material: 18-carat rose gold
Bezel material: 18-carat rose gold
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 43.00 mm
Lug width: 21.00 mm
Case height: 10.28 mm
Numerals: Arabic and Roman
Hands: Sword-shaped, open-worked, rose gold
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Alligator leather strap with a triple blade folding clasp in rose gold; polished, engraved “W” signature
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Sapphire