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DEWITT – Twenty-8-Eight Tourbillon Squelette

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The Constitution of the Year XII was adopted in the 28th month of the French Revolutionary Calendar on May 18th 1804 and established Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) as Emperor of France. The number 28 inspired Jérôme De Witt, a descendent of Napoleon I and founder of the eponymous brand, to create a collection called Twenty-8-Eight in 2010. The collection now has a skeleton tourbillon model with no dial but instead a modern take on the complication. The openwork platinum unveils a blue PVD-coated nickel silver base (copper, nickel and zinc alloy). The intense blue creates a striking contrast with the silver-tone tourbillon held in place by a bridge at 6 and the barrel visible at 12. Two metallic spear-shape hands track the hour and minutes powered by the manual wind DW8028s calibre. The movement provides a 72-hour power reserve from inside the 43mm white gold case whose sides are engraved with 48 imperial columns. Price: 156,000 CHF exc. VAT. Sharmila Bertin

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