Count Jérôme de Witt, the founder of the Manufacture DeWitt, unveils Princess Marie-Clotilde, a masterpiece of both the watchmaker’s and the jeweller’s art, with the intention of paying tribute to his mother, HI&RH Princess Marie-Clotilde Napoléon.
The gem-setting technique used in this piece is ground-breaking, seeming to leave the diamonds in suspension, free of all ties of material and form. The observer’s gaze is relentlessly drawn down into the depths of a translucent block and captivated by its surprising transparency.
This High Jewellery timepiece is adorned with a total of 405 baguette-cut diamonds (totalling about 13 carats). The emblematic imperial columns that decorate the majority of DeWitt watches have been delicately reworked to enhance the timepiece’s unique, ethereal setting.
With its 36-mm diameter, the Marie-Clotilde watch beats to the rhythm of a mechanical self-winding movement, equipped with a 42-hour power reserve. The open-worked hours hand is delicately sculpted in the shape of a heart, while the open-worked seconds hand is in the form of a double-edged sword, a common feature of DeWitt timepieces. The crown and buckle, each crafted in 18-carat white gold, polished and delicately engraved with the brand’s distinctive ‘W’ signature, give an additional elegant touch to the watch’s finishes, enhanced by a deep red alligator wristband.
By placing technical expertise at the service of beauty and the highest quality, the DeWitt Manufacture has here produced an authentic watchmaking work of art, creative in both its design and in the structure around which it is built.
Model: PRINCESSE MARIE-CLOTILDE
Calibre DW0403, Mechanical self-winding movement
Diameter: 26.2 mm
Functions: Hours, minutes
Power reserve: 42 hours
Frequency: 28,800 vph
Jewelling: 21 jewels
Number of components: 154
Round case with DeWitt imperial columns on sides
Material: 18-carat white gold
207 baguette-cut diamonds (approx. 6.1 cts)
Diameter: 36 mm
Total thickness: 11.3 mm
Crown: 18-carat white gold set with round diamonds, “W” signature
Case back: DeWitt design
Water-resistance: 30 metres
Distance between lugs: 16.9 mm
Set with 198 baguette-cut diamonds (approx. 6.8 cts)
Hours: black colour tone, open-worked hand in the shape of a heart
Minutes: black colour tone, open-worked hand in the shape of a double-edged sword
Red alligator strap
Pin buckle, 18-carat white gold set with round diamonds, cover with “W” signature