DeWitt is not an ordinary watchmaking brand. It was established in 2003, so we can call it a young company. However, the De Witt family has a very interesting and long history, with extraordinary “family members”.
Jérôme de Witt – the founder of the brand – is a direct descendant of European emperors and kings, among others of the Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte (on his maternal side). He shares a childhood memory about his first horological experience.
Mr. de Witt is not a watchmaker himself but his goal is to work with a great team (for example 15 watchmaking experts) and create exclusive, creative and far-from-mainstream timepieces. Beside the manufacture the company placed a great emphasis on “showing respect for the past”: the DeWitt museum showcases a large collection of tools and devices or watchmaker’s cabinets from the 18th and 19th centuries.
The philosophy of the company is to dream together with their clients. They have a strong presence in the US, China and Hong Kong and also in the Middle East. In the latter to the extent, that Montres DeWitt participated in the recognition of the Top CEO’s in the GCC as Platinum sponsor of the award – a definite group of buyers of the brand’s timepieces.
Not surprising that the DeWitt watches are inspired by the family heritage and other themes that are dear to Mr. de Witt, such as car mechanics, architecture, nature and gardens.
The watchmakers of DeWitt created many daring and special pieces for men, for example in the Academia Grand Tourbillon, the Academia Mathematical, the Tourbillon Prestige Twenty Eight Rose Gold or a concept watch: the X-Watch Tourbillon.
Classic Japanese Spring and Moon Abstraction
This year DeWitt offers two beautiful ladies’ watches in the “Métiers d’Art” collection. Both have a classic, simple shape but the dials are truly artistic. Both are limited to 10 pieces, with a rose gold case set with 60 brilliant-cut diamonds and powered by a mechanical self-winding movement.
The dials are “painted” with a special technique, inspired by ancient Japanese calligraphy methods whereby an extremely fine powder of gemstones and precious stones is mixed with ink. The artisan is required to create around 50,000 individual dots to complete a dial.
The green version (with a shiny green alligator leather strap) has a flower design hand-crafted with this technique, using powdered diamond, pearl, platinum, gold, tiger’s eye, malachite, quartz and other gemstones. The motif recalls some flowers from a Japanese garden.
The celestial motif of the blue version, the “Moon Abstraction” was created with powdered diamond, pearl, platinum, gold, and lapis lazuli.
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