Swiss luxury watch maker DeWitt is unveiling a unique Academia watch, which was designed by Count Jérôme de Witt and his teams, at the request of Robb Report, for an impassioned watch collector for whom it will be made exclusively.
Based on a vintage drawing from the personal collection of Jérôme de Witt, the calibre of the watch is unique, as is every component part. The elements of the movement have been redesigned, rebuilt and decorated by hand according to the traditional expertise and the very high level of finishing of the DeWitt manufacture.
This amazing watchmaking creation includes ten functions in a single watch: Minute repeater, Chronograph, Reverse split-second flyback , Moon phase, Day/night indicator, Dual time-zone display, Automaton for chiming , Hours , Minutes and Central second.
To perfect one of the purest and most complex complications, the chronograph and fly-back are activated by a single central push-piece. The exceptional fly-back function is rare in watchmaking design, with the wheel of the fly-back located in the centre, turning around the chronograph wheel. The second time zone function is regulated using a direct drive corrector that allows for optimal comfort and faster winding.
In total, between 500 and 600 watch parts make up this remarkable calibre. The Academia case is decorated with the famous DeWitt imperial column motif. With a diameter of 46 mm, and water resistance to 30 metres, it will be available in 18-carat rose gold or platinum, according to the buyer’s preference.
On the left side of the case is the repeater slide to activate the striking mechanism, which is set off at certain times through an ingenious and poetic automaton system. On the upper part of the guilloché dial of the watch, at 12 o’clock, an entirely handmade mechanism opens a window when the minute repeater is engaged. The doors disappear and reveal, around the decorative music note, an animated motif that symbolically illustrates the propagation of sound. The doors close once more as soon as the chime stops.
The buyer of this exceptional piece will also be given the opportunity to adapt the colours and finishes of the dial of the piece, in concert with DeWitt’s dial specialists, who will hand craft the piece in the manufacture. The particularly refined finishes of the Academia Unique Piece watch, which can be seen through the sapphire case back, testify to the expertise of the artisan craftsmanship.
This exceptional watchmaking creation costs 1’695’000 dollars for the platinum version and 1’650’000 dollars for the rose gold version.
Model: ACADEMIA UNIQUE PIECE, AC.UP.001
Calibre: Reference DW9901
Mechanical manually wound movement
Diameter: 39.1 mm
Thickness: 3.8 mm
Vibrations: 18,000 vph
Balance: Bi-metallic screwed balance
Spiral: Blued Breguet spiral
Escapement: Swiss lever
Jewels: 35 minimum
Number of components: Estimated at 550, according to the final design specifications
Minute repeater that includes a mechanism(automaton) that is activated when the chime sounds and opens to reveal the movement of the racks as well as an animated module that represents the chime, chronograph, reverse split-seconds, dual time, moon phase, day/night indicator, tachymeter, hours, minutes, seconds
Material: Platinum or 18-carat rose gold
Diameter: 46 mm
Total thickness: 14.8 mm
Crown: Platinum or 18-carat rose gold polished crown, “W” signature
Case back: Sapphire crystal, secured with screws
Distance between lugs: 23 mm
Water-resistance: 30 metres
Silvered guilloché dial, to be customised according to the client
Hands: Hours and minutes: open-worked hands in the shape of double- edged swords
Buckle: Platinum or 18-carat rose gold triple blade folding clasp, polished, “W” signature