DeWitt Twenty-8-Eight Tourbillon in Rose Gold (Ref. T8.TH.53.004) Swiss

The upcoming Baselworld 2011 international trade show is still months away, but the media offense by major Swiss-based brands is already in full swing. DeWitt, of course, is not an exception here. Together with the new DeWitt Twenty-8-Eight Regulator A.S.W. Limited Edition (Ref. T8.TH.53.004), the young Swiss brand is going to present the new hand-wound DeWitt Twenty-8-Eight Tourbillon (Ref. T8.TH.53.004) that will be available both in white and rose gold.

It’s interesting that, unlike many other independent manufacturers, DeWitt can actually afford using different mechanisms to power their timekeepers, although I have an impression that their calibers use a lot of common components in order to cut costs and streamline the development process. Anyway, while the gorgeous DeWitt Regulator A.S.W. mentioned above 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.

DeWitt Twenty-8-Eight Tourbillon Hand-Wound in Rose Gold (Ref. T8.TH.53.004)

Introduced earlier last year (for some reason that I, frankly, was not able to grasp, the watchmaker prefers to call it “historical,” perhaps, it has something to do with its archaic design that seems to be intentional, too) this relatively slow-beating caliber (its balance makes only 18,000 semi-oscillations per hour: something that you may expect from an early 20th century pocket watch, not from a modern timekeeper that costs like a fully-loaded Porsche 911) 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 and all the usual embellishments that include beveled edges on all parts of the mechanism that are large enough to have their edges beveled, expertly polished screw heads, and painstakingly executed inscriptions.

Stylistically, the device is very close to its younger brother.

DeWitt Twenty-8-Eight Tourbillon in Rose Gold Ref. T8.TH.53.004 (dial, detail, Roman numeral)

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.

DeWitt Twenty-8-Eight Tourbillon Hand-Wound in Rose Gold Ref. T8.TH.53.004 (dial, detail, 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.

See also: DeWitt Academia Seconde Retrograde Serenity

DeWitt Twenty-8-Eight Tourbillon Hand-Wound in Rose Gold Ref. T8.TH.53.004 (detail, winding crown)

Photos: DeWitt

DeWitt Twenty-8-Eight Tourbillon in Rose Gold (Ref. T8.TH.53.004) specification

Movement: Hand-wound, caliber 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
Complication: Tourbillon
Power reserve: 72 hours
Case: 18-karat rose gold
Shape: Round
Size: 43.00 mm
Lug width: 21.00 mm
Case height: 10.28 mm
Dial: Black
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
Back: Sapphire

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