Swiss luxury watch manufacture DeWitt has chosen its emblematic Academia collection to house its new standard automatic calibre, entirely designed, produced and assembled by its master watchmakers at its own Manufacture.
Equipped with a new DeWitt DW5051 automatic movement produced at the brand’s Meyrin Manufacture in Geneva, the Academia Small Second watch has a central hours and minutes indication, and is equipped with a small seconds display at 6 o’clock. It operates at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour and features a variable-inertia balance and a 65-hour power reserve. The calibre’s bridges are decorated with both circular and bevelled Côtes de Genève patterns, and its circular-grained mainplate and all its finishes are hand-crafted. With a single-direction winding mechanism, the rotor is sandblasted in rhodium colour tone, with a black tungsten counterpoise.
The “W” signature initial is engraved directly into the rotor in 18-carat rose gold. The Academia collection also reveals a new look with a different aesthetic approach to its case, with a subtle redesigning of the famous imperial columns, the distinctive signature of DeWitt watch creations.
Creating an interplay of contrasting effects through the combination of traditional and innovative materials, the Academia Small Second watch’s 42.5 mm diameter case is crafted in 18-carat rose gold and black rubber.
Its black lacquer dial is produced according to DeWitt quality standards in the Manufacture’s own workshops. Its upper part features a motif inspired by the Côtes de Genève pattern, while the lower part has a vertical satin finish, with both enhanced by 18-carat rose gold indexes.
Mastering the extremely complex techniques required for the exclusively in-house production of its own dials, the DeWitt Manufacture employs ten or more specialists, including electrotypers, painters, and gem-setters, who contribute to perfecting their creations with each passing day. The interplay of light and profiles, sophisticated structures and skilled assemblies give DeWitt timepieces an undisputed aesthetic impact.
A DeWitt timepiece is recognised by the great care lavished on each detail. The particularly painstaking finishes of the Academia Small Second watch testify to the Manufacture’s exceptional level of craftsmanship.
With its manufactured calibre, its high-quality DeWitt dial and its exclusively hand-crafted finishes, the new Academia Small Second watch can nobly defend its 100% in-house origins.
Model: Academia Small Second
Mechanical self-winding movement manufactured by DeWitt
Diameter: 30.6 mm
Power reserve: 65 hours
Frequency: 21,600 vph
Balance: Variable-inertia balance
Balance spring: Flat
Escapement: Swiss lever, 44° angle of lift
Jewelling: 30 jewels
Number of components: 194
Hours, minutes, small second at 4 o’clock
Round case with Dewitt imperial columns on sides
Material: 18-carat rose gold and black rubber
Diameter: 42.5 mm
Total thickness: 10.25 mm
Crown: 18-carat gold, “W” signature
Case back: Open back, sapphire crystal with safety screws
Distance between lugs: 21 mm
Water-resistance: 30 metres
Black, upper part decorated with “Côtes de Genève”, vertical satin-finished decoration on the lower part, small seconds counter at 6 o’clock decorated with a circle in rose gold colour tone.
Hours and minutes: 18-carat rose gold, open-worked hands in the shape of double-edged swords
Small second: 18-carat rose gold, thin and elegant
Triple folding clasp, polished 18-carat rose gold cover with “W” signature