Watches: DeWitt Twenty-8-Eight Skeleton Tourbillon Titanium & Brown PVD Titanium (+live pics)
By Thierry Ané on April 24, 2014
Earlier this year, on a trip to Switzerland, we had the opportunity to visit the DeWitt manufacture and see first-hand most of this year’s exciting new models. I previously introduced you to the beautiful Twenty-8-Eight Full MoonWatches: DeWitt Twenty-8-Eight Full Moon (+live pics) with a series of live pictures and today, I would like to discuss two more high-end models from this same “Twenty-8-Eight” collection introduced this year: the Twenty-8-Eight Skeleton Tourbillon Titanium and the Twenty-8-Eight Skeleton Tourbillon Brown PVD Titanium.
Mid-way between the bold “Academia” and the discreet “Classic” collection, the “Twenty-8-Eight” combines the best of both worlds. It retains the imperial columns of the “Academia” on both the case band and bezel that, according to me, make all the charm of a DeWitt timepiece. They are, however, cleverly redesigned to look slender and more understated so that the model can be easily worn in all occasions like those of the “Classic” line.
It is thus the perfect frame to host a skeletonized movement “the DeWitt way”: not the ultra-skinny, lace-like structure presented by most brands, but a sensibly hollowed movement, whose architecture goes perfectly well with the aesthetic codes of the imperial columns, combined with an impeccable and original finish to give the timepiece refinement and character.
Back in 2012, the brand offered two beautiful interpretations of this Twenty-8-Eight Skeleton Tourbillon with a rose gold model as well as a white gold rendition set with baguette-cut diamonds. The choice of materials for the case of these models was certainly fitting for such an upscale movement as the manually-wound DW8028 calibre that animates these pieces.
Entirely produced in-house, this tourbillon equipped with a Swiss anchor escapement and a Straumann hairspring with Philips terminal curve surely deserves gold and diamonds! But with an extremely keen eye when it comes to matching materials and through superlative and unconventional finishing, DeWitt has proved many times that they can elevate less precious materials and make them worthy of their outstanding movements.
This is exactly what the brand’s designers and watchmakers have made with the new timepieces. The first version combines a titanium case with a sand-brushed nickel silver finish movement and beautifully contrasting faceted blued hands. The watch is mounted on a dark brown alligator strap that goes perfectly with the shade of the titanium and is secured by a titanium pin buckle with the brand’s “W” logo.
Even more original while remaining impeccably tasteful, the second model features a brown PVD-coated titanium case and black gold surface finishing on the skeletonised movement. The two-edge sword hands of this model are rose gold-coloured and the alligator strap presents a nice dark grey colour that somehow enhances the chocolate brown case. Its brown PVD titanium buckle also presents the signature “W” logo.
Both models look stunning on the wrist and represent a welcome change from the usual gold or platinum versions one would find paired with such a high-end tourbillon movement. As an additional bonus, the watches are much lighter in titanium and hence more comfortable to wear. Although my preference goes to the brown PVD-coated titanium model for its extra originality, I would be delighted to wear either version that could easily become one of my favourite models.