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DeWitt - Twenty-8-Eight Seconde Retrograde

DeWitt Twenty-8-Eight Seconde Retrograde

Baselworld - New model: Twenty-8-Eight Seconde Retrograde T8.SR.004

Somewhere between classicism and the cutting edge, the DeWitt brand is giving a new look to the Twenty-8-Eight Seconde Retrograde watch, launched in 2012.













Playing with contrasting effects and using a blend of noble and innovative materials, the new Seconde Retrograde watch, with its emblematic 43 mm case, and imperial columns, features grade 5 Neotitanium.

Its very graphic black and grey dial with raised sunburst decor provides an understated and sophisticated backdrop for the "Seconde Retrograde" complication. The clever use of shapes, colours and materials amplifies this subtle effect of depth. The eye is subtly drawn to the lower portion, at six o'clock, where the fanned seconds enter into an elegant dance: after tracing a circular arc, the hand jumps back to zero to restart the dance. An entertaining effect that one never tires of watching.

In a genuinely contemporary spirit, rooted even more firmly in exclusivity, DeWitt combines the excellence of its traditional expertise with an unceasing creativity in producing this decidedly masculine timepiece.


Technical data
Twenty-8-Eight Seconde Retrograde T8.SR.004

Reference DW1102
Movement: Mechanical self-winding movement with a retrograde second module
Diameter: 29.20 mm
Functions: Hours, minutes, retrograde seconds
Power reserve: 40 hours
Frequency: 28,800 vph
Rotor: DeWitt design in grey with open-work “W” logo
Balance: 3-armed, made in Glucydur
Spiral: Flat
Escapement: 51° angle of lift
Jewelling: 31 jewels

Case: Round case with DeWitt’s imperial columns on sides and bezel. Polished and micro-blasted finishes
Material: Grade 5 Neotitanium
Diameter: 43 mm
Total thickness: 11.26 mm
Crown: 18-carat rose gold, polished, with blackened titanium insert, “W” signature
Case back: Sapphire crystal with safety screws
Distance between lugs: 21 mm

Dial: Grey and black with sunray pattern. Sand-blasted retrograde second zone in grey. Rose gold colour circle and numeral appliques. Large Roman numerals at 12, 3 and 9 o’clock, Arabic numerals marking every five minutes
Hands: Hours and Minutes: open-worked hands in the form of doubleedged swords Retrograde second: thin and elegant

Strap: Black alligator
Buckle: Grade 5 Neotitanium pin buckle, engraved “W” signature

Water-resistance 30 metres

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