At the sale of the HSH Prince Louis II of Monaco collection on 16 November, Viviane
de Witt, CEO of the DeWitt company, acquired two lots containing strands of
Napoleon I's hair, with the intention of enclosing them in DeWitt watches so
that admirers of the Emperor can carry his DNA on their wrists.
The hairs were certified on 25 November at the Meyrin Geneva Manufacture by Maître Gérard Reymond, President of the Judicial Officers of Geneva.
DeWitt plans to produce around 400 watches from its two steel collections
Glorious Knight and Academia Steel. Half a millimetre of hair has been 'attached' to an effigy of the Emperor under the glass of the watch face, covered in a special varnish and sealed in a furnace.
The timepieces are already available at the Meyrin Geneva Manufacture, with prices starting at 10,700 Swiss francs (including VAT).