DeWitt’s Diamond-Draped Tourbillon Watch Is a Nod to Napoléon

Resplendent with 215 diamonds and a white-gold case, the watch would make any emperor envious…

The fact that the new DeWitt Twenty-8-Eight Skeleton Tourbillon set with diamonds would be worthy of any royal’s wrist is no surprise considering that the Geneva-based horologist Jérôme DeWitt is the great grandson of King Léopold II of Belgium and a descendent of Napoléon Bonaparte. Named for the date on the French Republican Calendar when Bonaparte was announced Emperor of France, the regal timepiece carries a consort of 215 round diamonds draped over its skeletonized, sand-brushed-nickel silver main plate.

Also holding court on the dial’s three-dimensional display are black hour and minute hands resembling double-edged swords and the manufacture’s signature “W” logo (positioned at 9 o’clock). The watch’s inner elegance is enveloped by an 18-karat white-gold case flanked by 48 imperial columns.

Reigning with precision is Dewitt’s skeletonized, manually wound tourbillon movement that carries a 72-hour power reserve. Equally exposed is the skeletonized barrel that motors on in the shape of a classic-car steering wheel. And a sapphire-crystal caseback provides a behind-the-scenes perspective on the majestic mechanism. DeWitt’s diamond-edition Twenty-8-Eight Skeleton Tourbillon is priced at $195,800. (

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