Presented in a solid rose gold, extremely massive-looking (although not particularly large when it comes to physical dimensions) case, the new DeWitt Twenty-8-Eight Skeleton Tourbillon (ref. T8.TH.008A) wrist watch is powered by a sophisticated, painstakingly skeletonized hand-wound movement that gives you adequate three days of guaranteed power reserve and entertains your eyes with a nicely executed tourbillon escapement.
The watch seems to be powered by a skeletonized version of the Caliber DW8028 hand-wound movement that we have already seen a year ago when the young Swiss watchmaking brand presented its stately DeWitt Twenty-8-Eight Tourbillon in Rose Gold (Ref. T8.TH.53.004).
Beating at the same low frequency of 18,000 vph and comprising the same 185 parts, the Caliber DW8028S movement offers you respectable 72 hours of power reserve thanks to its oversized spring barrel that has, too, been skeletonized.
Being clearly visible at 12 o’clock, the barrel somewhat balances the massive tourbillon carriage, which is placed at 6 hours.
Thanks for the movement’s relative thinness (it is just over 6 millimeters high), the watch itself is also quite slim, although the super-massive bezel and the traditional set of Imperial columns on the flanks make this 43 mm x 10.78 mm watch look quite heavy and sturdy.
Perhaps, with the design the Swiss watchmakers wanted to visually compensate for the fragile-looking movement, which is visible from either side of the case thanks to a pair of scratch-resistant sapphire crystals.
As it is often the case with skeleton-type watches, the dial of the piece doesn’t treat us with high visibility. On the contrary, the heavily skeletonized “black gold” mainplate with its “Cal DW8028S” engraving doesn’t do a particularly good job in providing adequate background for the rose gold hour and minute hands that are, too, open-worked in the traditional “potato peeler” style.
Well, the images that we have received seem to be computer-generated and there is still a chance that the model in solid metal will be more readable in real life.
Pricing is still to be announced, but I highly doubt that the DeWitt Twenty-8-Eight Skeleton Tourbillon in solid 18-carat rose gold (there will also be even more expensive high-jewelry version in white gold) will cost less than $150,000 USD or even when it finally arrives to select stores in the most expensive cities of the world.
The watch will be issued as a limited edition with only 99 individually numbered pieces to ever see the world.
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 4/5
Nighttime Legibility: 1/5
Value for Money: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4/5
DeWitt Twenty-8-Eight Skeleton Tourbillon in Rose Gold hand-wound watch (ref. T8.TH.008A) specification
Movement: Caliber DW8028S, 33 mm x 6.10 mm, variable-inertia balance, in-house, Swiss Made
Winding: Manual (hand-wound)
Number of jewels: 19
Movement frequency: 18,000 vph
Power reserve: 72 hours
Movement decoration: Skeletonized
Functions: Hours, minutes
Case material: Rose gold
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 43.00 mm
Case height: 10.78 mm
Lug width: 21.00 mm
Hour markers: None
Hands: Rose gold, open-worked
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Chocolate-brown alligator leather strap with 18-carat rose gold pin buckle, polished, engraved with the “W” signature
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective coating
Case back: Sapphire