Switzerland based DeWitt Watch Manufacture is participating in the Only Watch 2015 auction to support research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The event will take place in Monaco on the 7th November under the patronage and in the presence of HSH Prince Albert II. Participating in each sale since 2005, DeWitt will this year unveil a new and truly exceptional creation: the Academia out of Time Unique Piece watch.
The Academia Out of Time watch is driven by a self-winding DeWitt calibre, entirely developed, produced and assembled by hand by master watchmakers at the Meyrin Manufacture in Geneva, Switzerland.
The mastermind behind this patented invention, Jérôme de Witt, the founder of the Manufacture, gives a highly personal interpretation of time with a combination of a bold design and a grand watch complication. This innovative watch structure is made up of the automatic DeWitt calibre and two elaborate complications: a dead-beat seconds hand, which serves as both a regulator and an indicator of the seconds function in the display at 4 o’clock, and a free seconds hand, a DeWitt invention, in the display at 8 o’clock.
These two functions symbolise the contrast between real time on one hand, and on the other, virtual time, which cannot be controlled, measured or recovered. The motif on the dial – a mist given off by mountains and rising towards a clear, starry sky – seems to encourage having faith in life. It is depicted against a sky blue lacquer background highlighted by specks of silver.
Model: ACADEMIA OUT OF TIME – UNIQUE PIECE FOR ONLY WATCH 2015
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)
Number of components: 217
Hours, minutes, dead-beat 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: 12.85 mm
Crown: 18-carat rose gold, “W” signature
Case back: Open, sapphire crystal with safety screws, engraved with “Unique Piece” and “1/1”
Distance between lugs: 21 mm
Water-resistance: 30 metres
Blue lacquer dial with appliqué numerals and circles in rose gold colour tone, hand-drawn mountain and starry sky motif with paintwork highlighted by specks of silver
Hours and minutes: 18-carat rose gold, open-worked hands in the shape of double-edged swords
Dead-beat second at 4 o’clock: 18-carat rose gold, thin and elegant
Triple folding clasp, polished 18-carat rose gold cover with “W” signature