Without a doubt, Switzerland is the homeof the manufacturers of high-end, luxury timepieces, DeWitt being one of the most famous such firms. And although the company has also released a few more "accessible" products, at least in comparison to its competitors, that is, its main points of attractions are represented by the "complicated" watches, much like the one you're about to see as follows, namely the Pressy Grande Complication 2004, whose price tag is among the world's highest for a device of this type.
As you might expect from such a high-end, luxury item, the caliber is of Swiss origin (manufactured in Vandoeuvres). We're talking about a hand-wound Claret CJ96 mechanism, which has a diameter of just 29 mm and a height of just around 10.75 mm. The movement has a frequency of 18,000 vibrations per hour (vph), and uses a 48-lever escapement, as well as no less than 52 jewels.
Other important data regarding the mechanism are related to the balance (2-arms ring) and the balance-spring (flat). The mechanism offers a power reserve of around 48 hours and it's the one thing that enables all the watch's very impressive complications (minute repeater, tourbillon, chronograph, split-second with isolator, perpetual calendar with bi-retrograde) to actually function.
The case of the Pressy Grande Complication is also quite impressive, since it's manufactured completely out of platinum, measuring 42 mm x 49.9 mm x 15.8 mm and providing a distance between lugs of around 22 mm. The case back is made from sapphire crystal tightly screwed it to the case, which can also resist up to 30 meters of water.
It's also interesting to note that the dial of this very exquisite watch is manufactured from plain silver with light blue mother-of-pearl, while the wristband (or bracelet) is made of alligator's skin and features a platinum folding clasp. The Pressy Grande Complication is available in a very limited edition (just 5 units have ever been manufactured), which accounts for the absolutely huge price tag: 970,000 US dollars.