Monaco, Sep 23, 2011

LOT 15

DeWitt, "X-Watch" for Only Watch DeWitt, "Concept Watch No. 3 ? X-Watch". Extremely fine, unique, large, reversible, titanium and steel, self-winding, water-resistant wristwatch with double bi-retrograde hours and minutes, visible one-minute tourbillon and power reserve on the front side, chronograph on the reverse, registers, power-reserve indication and a DeWitt titanium and black PVD triple folding clasp. Accompanied by fitted box and Certificate.

Case: Round, reversible, polished and matte, DeWitt imperial columns on the bezel, X-shaped bonnet covering the dial and activated by 4 push-pieces, bezel secured by 8 screws, polished titanium crown with blackened titanium ring and ?W? signature, sapphire crystals. Dial: Central rhodium-plated and polished applique in the form of an hourglass, guilloche back plate, Arabic numerals for the retrograde hours and minutes, aperture for the power-reserve indication, aperture for the tourbillon with seconds hand. Chronograph dial with special red back plate, numerals for the retrograde hours and minutes on the crystal, gliding seconds register, the minutes register with 3-arm hand covering a 30-minute time span. Skeleton sword hands. Movement: Cal. DW8046, single reversible movement, 58 jewels, lateral lever escapement, Glucydur balance, Straumann balance spring with Phillips curve sequenced at 3 Hz, one-minute tourbillon carriage with bridge, patented automatic sequential winding device driven by a peripheral oscillating rotor. Dial, case and movement signed. Diameter 49 mm.

Wish Price EUR 350,000 - 500,000

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Grading System
Case: 1

As new

Dial: 1

As new


Montres DeWitt first participated in Only Watch in 2007 with the presentation of the WX-1 (concept watch No.1). For Only Watch 2011, DeWitt presents the X-Watch, continuing its exploration of reversible watches. The mechanism, initially inspired by a concrete mixer, was first executed in the Antipode (concept watch No. 2) but for the X-Watch DeWitt have created a spectacular articulated ?bonnet? in the shape of an ?X? that partly covers the dial of the watch. When the ?X? is released, the watch can be rotated to show the chronograph dial. The X-Watch houses DeWitt's third 100% in-house manufactured movement, the calibre DW8046. One single reversible movement displaying bi-retrograde hours and minutes on both sides and featuring an automatic tourbillon, a chronograph and patented automatic winding with peripheral rotor. The calibre DW8046 is the perfect illustration of the ingenuity of DeWitt's master watchmakers. ?How easy and how tempting it is to follow trends! How reassuring as well! It takes a certain state of mind, made up of independence and character, to continue exploring new boundaries when everybody else has given up. It takes persistence and audacity to challenge the rules and go your own way. In other words, it takes personality to stay true to your convictions!? These words from Mr. DeWitt, illustrating his vision and philosophy of watchmaking, are more than relevant in the context of the Only Watch Charity Auction.