Founded in 2003 by Jérôme de Witt, DeWitt is a relative newcomer and luxury independent watchmaker. The founder’s unique family tree reveals that he is a direct descendant of Napoléon Bonaparte and King Jérôme of Westphalia. In addition, his great grandfather was King Leopold II of Belgium. DeWitt’s small team of watchmakers are old-school artisans, using 18th and 19th century machines and extensive handwork for finishing (guilloche, Côtes de Genève, circular graining, and beveling). High complication movements even feature the signature of the individual watchmaker that assembled it. All of DeWitt’s watches are limited editions focused on quality with most having advanced and/or novel complications. For example, the Academia Endless Drive has an exposed power reserve indicator with a worm screw and the art deco Twenty-8-Eight collection features unique skeletonization and 6 o’clock tourbillons.