It has taken three years to create this new movement, including two years of initial development and a further year to perfect its definitive features.
Already well accustomed to manufacturing and assembling its grand complication movements in-house, the Swiss watchmaker is now poised to assert its full independence by producing its very own automatic movement. Having already mastered the complex techniques required to create its own dials, this latest specialisation will thus enable the DeWitt manufacture to enjoy total autonomy.
The new DeWitt movement is fitted with central hours and minutes, together with small seconds at 6 o'clock. It operates at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour and features a variable-inertia balance and a 65-hour power reserve.
Nearly all the movement's 194 components are produced in-house, and all are hand-assembled by DeWitt's own master watchmakers.
The elegant design was conceived by Jérôme de Witt to give maximum visibility to the movement's gear-train and other mechanical features. With its bridges decorated with both circular and bevelled Côtes de Genève patterns and its circular-grained mainplate, all the movement's finishes are handcrafted.
With a single-direction winding mechanism, the rotor is micro-blasted and rhodium-coloured, with a black tungsten counterpoise. The "W" signature initial is engraved directly into the rotor in 18-carat rose gold.
Its dimensions (diameter: 30.6 mm / thickness: 4.65 mm) have been designed to allow the movement to cater for all future DeWitt models.
The brand is also in the process of developing an exclusive series of highly innovative additional modules at the manufacture with a view to launching them during the course of 2015.