Dewitt's Incognito 2008, a Monstrously Steampunk Watch

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Monstrous is the first word that comes to mind when gazing upon the Dewitt Incognito 2008, a design that is the lovechild of a collaboration between DeWitt and French architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte. At first glance, the Incognito looks to be a little fat and perhaps clumsy; on closer inspection, however, you can see what a truly amazing timepiece this is. Technical aspects of the Incognito are most impressive. It features a flying tourbillon, which is used to counteract the force of gravity and keep the watch accurate. There are also five barrels and it has a power reserve that ought to keep you covered for up to three weeks.

The watch is overblown in absolutely every way imaginable, with a definite steampunk vibe; all part of the appeal. The riveted case makes for quite a long watch, which would probably be more of a timekeeping gauntlet than a wristwatch, not that I am complaining; this thing has presence.

As you can imagine, all of this heavy metal, leather and fine clockwork costs a pretty penny; Jimmy Tan of Prince Jewellery and Watch Company in Hong Kong snapped up the Incognito '08 for a lazy 400,000 Euro or $632,941. [DeWitt via Timezone via Watchismo Times]

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Tourbillon movements are a gimmick, used in the early days to make chronographs more accurate when they were bench tested in a number of stationary positions (vertical for 1 day, flat for 1 day, etc).

On the wrist, there is more than enough variation in positioning to make a regular automatic movement as accurate as a tourbillon is when stationary.