The Twenty-8-Eight Skeleton Tourbillon does not intend to compete with the ultra-skinny and fragile skeleton movements where as much material as possible has been removed. The architecture of DeWitt’s skeleton remains decidedly strong and is therefore very well balanced with the design of the case which features 48 imperial columns – a typical feature of practically all DeWitt masterpieces.
The carved-out main plate – a sand-blasted nickel silver base with black gold surface finishing and a yellow gold inscription of the calibre reference – is a marvellous labyrinth of curves, circles and straight lines which reveals a stunning skeletonised “W” logo positioned at 9 o’clock. The play on depths, perspectives and layers is a typical feature of DeWitt designs and the Twenty-8-Eight Skeleton Tourbillon is no exception. The “W” logo is duplicated on the lower part of the movement in order to create interesting volumes when admiring the movement from either side of the watch.
But however robust the foundations, your eyes will inevitably be drawn deep into the movement and the captivating finesse of its mechanics. You will marvel at the tourbillon as it rotates on its axis, held in place by a slender, black-polished, circular-grained Art Deco bridge.
The Twenty-8-Eight Skeleton Tourbillon is housed in a 43 mm round case in 18-carat rose gold. With its thickness of 10.78 mm and comfortable proportions with redesigned lugs and slightly more discreet imperial columns decorating its flanks, it remains instantly recognisable and true to DeWitt’s DNA. Its balanced design offers a combination of character and refinement, creating a successful match with the architectural lines of the skeletonised movement.
On the interior side of the bezel, a diamond-polished wall in 18-carat rose gold surrounds the movement above the skeletonised section, producing subtle reflections of this work of art. The wall is decorated by four extremely precise and sharp “W” logos, engraved on the cardinal points. The case is set with 36 baguette-cut diamonds and 96 brilliant-cut diamonds.