Introduced in 2011, the Quantième Perpétuel Nebula by DeWitt represents a stellar blend of horological complexity, poetry and originality.
NGC 5194 is one of the galaxies of Eridan, a planetary nebula located 31 million light years from Earth. This distinctive spiral-shaped galaxy has been faithfully reproduced on the silicium plate adorning the new Quantième Perpétuel watch, an exceptional piece of miniaturisation calling for state-of-the-art technology.
Aptly named Nebula, or star cloud, this creation vividly reflects the spirit of the Maison DeWitt through a unique aesthetic signature melding poetry and fine watchmaking; an original reinterpretation of calendar function readings, a combination of special materials. Earthly and heavenly elements meet and mingle, endowing the Quantième Perpétuel Nebula with the ability to follow the path of time and grasp its destiny with inimitable elegance.
Faithfully reflecting the spirit that drives the House of DeWitt, the Quantième Perpétuel Nebula stems from meticulous research affecting both its form and its substance. Powered by mechanical self-winding Calibre DW7021, this fascinating creation keeps accurate track of the passing years by displaying the date, day, month and moon phases. This talented perpetual calendar model also provides a dual time-zone indication by means of a dedicated red hand.
A masterpiece of sophisticated construction and miniaturisation, this complex model smoothly handles the vagaries of the Gregorian calendar, since the Quantième Perpétuel Nebula mechanically memorises the varying durations of each month comprising 31, 30 or 28 days. Moreover, Nebula also takes account of the leap-year cycle and the periodic occurrence of February 29th.
The intrinsic complexity of the mechanism is counter-balanced by the positioning of the subdials, a new architectural approach based on a highly original layout of the calendar information. Arranging them to form the arc of a circle both clarifies and simplifies their readability, while lending this piece a distinctive and resolutely DeWitt character.
Moving in a clockwise direction, the eye progressively runs over subdials respectively showing the day of the week, the 24-hour graduated GMT indication (coupled with a central red dual time-zone pointer), leap years, months and the day of the month coupled with the calendar display. This circular visual trajectory than merges into the vision of celestial infinity portrayed in the upper part of the dial and symbolised by a silicium plate bearing the NGC 5194 nebula, along with a day/night disc rotating against a star-studded backdrop.
The result is a poetic, dreamlike vision in keeping with the finest Brand traditions. Reflecting its innovative and iconoclastic nature, DeWitt dares to introduce all manner of material combinations into its creative approach. Nebula harmoniously associates gold, titanium and ceramics into a case topped by a notched bezel. This redesigned Brand signature remains instantly identifiable, while now featuring 12 indentations in a design that endows it with a remarkably powerful presence.
The split-level dial features an upper section in silicium to depict NGC 5194, while mother-of-pearl symbolises the moon and the night sky is crafted from Goldfluss. This synthetic glass, made from copper and involving a distinctive and ancient principle of firing in the kiln, was discovered in 17th century Venice and gave rise to the legendary Murano glass.
The Quanitième Perpétuel Nebula is available in two versions: a white gold case with titanium middle and ceramic inserts, or a rose and white gold case with titanium middle and ceramic inserts. The former features a grey lower dial section, while the second is anthracite. Both are adorned with the “Côtes de Genève” motif. The Quantième Perpétuel Nebula is fitted with a sapphire crystal case-back providing glimpses of the movement in operation, and is fitted with an alligator leather strap with rose or white gold folding clasp. Issued in strictly limited series, this watch is water-resistant to 30 metres.
Model: Quantième Perpétuel Nebula Limited Edition
DW 7021, self-winding mechanism
Power reserve: 42 hours
Functions: Perpetual Calendar GMT
Movement height: 3.6 mm
Movement diameter: 25.6 mm
Vibrations: 28,800 vph (vibrations per hour)
Balance spring: Flat
Jewels: 21 jewels
White gold 750, titanium, black ceramics OR Rose and white gold 750, titanium, black ceramics
Diameter: 43 mm
Thickness: 12 mm
Interhorn width 21 mm
Water resistance: 30 metres
Black or grey “Côtes de Genève” motif; blue Silicium planetary nebula, Goldfluss moon disc and white mother-of-pearl moon. Grey counters surrounded with rose gold or white gold.
Black alligator leather
Buckle: Folding clasp in 750 white or rose gold
Strictly limited edition