Featuring a case slightly thinner than that of the Academia as well as more discreet columns, the Twenty-8-Eight collection launched in 2010 offers a sleek and urban design of comfortable proportions. The dials of the Twenty-8-Eight Automatic are artistically divided into two guilloché zones. The central flame pattern is remarkably precise and lends this model a radiance and elegance unique for this category of watch.
This year, Twenty-8-Eight Automatic models will feature new cases whose subtle blend of materials is thoroughly innovative. Soft and supple 18-carat rose gold coexists in perfect harmony with grade 5 Neotitanium, with its combination of extreme lightness and robustness. Showcased in its 43 mm case, this new timepiece is clad in tones of velvet black and taupe, bringing illumination to every wrist.
The Twenty-8-Eight Automatic is a lively and sunny timepiece, remarkably refined and sober. The face of the watch is artistically divided in two different guilloché zones. In the centre, a light flame pattern endows the dial with incredible life as the slightest wrist movement will animate the flames in graceful reflections.
The second pattern, at the perimeter, takes the form of a regular and reassuring sunray that structures the whole design. Flames and sunrays are separated by a fine circle applique that gives a final touch of shiny elegance and echoes the thin and polished columns on the bezel.
Time has never been more readable as large Roman numerals are positioned on the four cardinal points and discretely interconnected by small Arabic numerals positioned at five minutes intervals. With its 43 mm round case in 18-carat rose gold and grade 5 Neotitanium, the design of the Twenty-8-Eight collection gives a fascinating impression of lightness. Elegant and streamlined lugs round off the design with perfect proportions and offer remarkable wearing comfort. However, the strong DNA, so characteristic of DeWitt watches, remains fully recognisable.
The Twenty-8-Eight Automatic houses a solid and reliable calibre and displays hours, minutes and centre seconds. The hours and minutes hands are open-worked and in the shape of two-edged swords whereas the seconds hand, elegant and thin, gracefully glides round the dial. The Twenty-8-Eight Automatic fully complies with highly demanding finishing norms of the DeWitt Manufacture: satin-brushed surfaces, polishing and bevelling. The quality of the finishing can be observed through the sapphire crystal back, which also reveals a fine DeWitt rotor, designed in-house.
Two miniature “W” signatures are to be found on the crown and on the golden buckle. Last but not least, just as any DeWitt watch, it is entirely assembled, adjusted and tested by a single master watchmaker, from A to Z.
Rose gold/neo titanium and velvet black – Ref. T8.AU.011
Rose gold/neo titanium & taupe – Ref. T8.AU.013
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds
Reference: DWT8AU (ETA2892)
Power reserve: 42 hours
Oscillating mass: DeWitt Design with open-work “W” logo
Rotor: DeWitt’s design
Vibrations: 28’800 A/h
Diameter: 25.60 mm
Balance: 3-armed, made in Glucydur
Escapement: 510 angle of lift
Jewelling: 21 jewels
Round-shaped case, adorned with DeWitt’s imperial columns pattern on the flanks and the bezel
Material: Grade 5 Neotitanium and ring in 18 carat gold
Diameter: 43 mm
Total thickness: 10.28 mm
Crown: 18-carat rose gold polished crown adorned with a ring made in blackened titanium featuring the “W” signature
Distance between lugs: 21 mm
Case back: Sapphire crystal, secured with screws
Water-resistance: 30 metres
Two-zone guilloché: internal with flame guilloché pattern, external with sunray pattern. Circle applique with columns. Large Roman numerals at four cardinal points and small Arabic numerals positioned at five minutes intervals.
Hours and Minutes: open-worked hands in the shape of two-edged swords.
Seconds: thin and elegant.
Alligator leather in black or matt taupe grey.
Buckle: Grade 5 Neotitanium pin buckle, polished, engraved “W” signature
Limited edition: 88 pieces