Luxury Department Store Welcomes Pricey Watch
Harrods has taken stock of a watch for men with money to burn. The Classic Jumping Hour 002 Watch is the latest timepiece from Swiss firm DeWitt’s Classic Collection.
The 18-carat rose gold case model, which has a mechanical self-winding movement and white sunray dial feature for hour, minute and seconds display, weighs in at £20,000.
Uniquely, the hour on the watch is shown by a disc appearing through a wide hole at 9 o’clock. This ‘jumps’ every 60 minutes, rather than the traditional central hand.
The gap where the disc appears is also made from rose gold hour, as is the seconds counter. DeWitt’s creation is completed by a black alligator strap.
Dewitt, which unveiled its first timepiece in 2003, still uses traditional watchmaking techniques like the guilloche engraving on 18th and 19th century rose-engine machines.
The company’s founder, Jerome Napoleon de Witt, is a direct descendant of French military leader Napoleon Bonaparte and King Leopold of Belgium.
His family inherited a watch collection that belonged to Napoleon. On falling ill, de Witt’s mother gave him the watches to console him.
The tinkering and repairing of several models lead to the founding of the DeWitt firm.
The Classic Jumping Hour 002 Watch is available to buy now. For more information visit Dewitt.ch.