DeWitt Academia Slide Only Watch 2019

The Academia Slide is a highly original and playful timepiece created by the independent, family run DeWitt Manufacture based in Geneva. The brand has donated a unique piece of this creation to benefit the Only watch charity auction.

While the manufacture has fully demonstrated its skill with traditional high end timepieces, the Academia collection also lends itself to particularly bold creative exercises. The Slide is the latest illustration of this approach.

This simple, intuitive design is also highly energy efficient. The hour plates slide in a natural, fluid manner. They are all interconnected: as soon as an hour arrives at the flat position, its plate begins its return to a vertical position and the next plate begins its descent. This continuous progression of the hours, which never freeze even for a second, symbolises the elusive, ephemeral nature of time.

The unusual star-shaped dial is a direct result of Jerome de Witt’s passion for mechanics. The creative soul of the manufacture and passionate collector of historic automotive developments was inspired here by the legendary rotary engines central to vintage cars and aero planes from the early 20th century.

These engines ran extremely smoothly thanks to their considerable inertia, a property that is fully exploited in the Academia Slide. They were also more compact and lightweight than other systems. Again, the Academia Slide takes full advantage of this, offering a simpler and therefore more reliable watch construction of just 276 components, scarcely more than a traditional three-hand manufacture movement.

Technical details

Case
Titanium with black DLC coating, sapphire case-back
Diameter: 49 mm
Thickness: 15.3mm

Dial
Circular-grained flat faces, polished angle, transferred graduated minutes scale

Movement
DW0101, mechanical self-winding movement manufactured by DeWitt
276 components, 22 jewels 28800 vph

Bracelet
Titanium with black DLC coating

DeWitt Academia Slide

Directly inspired by Jérôme De Witt’s passion for cars, the highly original and playful Academia Slide watch bears witness to the creative vitality of what remains one of the very last manufactures in Geneva to be 100% independent and family-run.

Its story began with Jérôme De Witt’s desire to display the time differently. While the manufacture has fully demonstrated its skill with traditional high-end timepieces, the Academia collection also lends itself to particularly bold creative exercises. The Slide is the latest illustration of this approach. Made entirely from titanium, this 49 mm piece was originally inspired by children’s toboggans. It presents a progressive, effortless slide from top to bottom thanks to an intuitive use of gravity.

The Academia Slide applies this basic physical principle to watchmaking in a ground-breaking way. Every hour is inscribed on a brass plate that slides along a track, guiding it to a horizontal position. It is this horizontal display alone that shows the current hour. Next, the two central hands indicate the minutes and seconds.

This simple, intuitive design is also highly energy efficient. The hour plates slide in a natural, fluid manner. They are all interconnected: as soon as an hour arrives at the flat position, its plate begins its return to a vertical position and the next plate begins its descent. This continuous progression of the hours, which never freeze even for a second, symbolises the elusive, ephemeral nature of time.

The unusual star-shaped dial is a direct result of Jérôme DeWitt’s passion for mechanics. The creative soul of the manufacture and passionate collector of historic automotive developments was inspired here by the legendary rotary engines central to vintage cars and aeroplanes from the early 20th century.

These engines ran extremely smoothly thanks to their considerable inertia, a property that is fully exploited in the Academia Slide. They were also more compact and lightweight than other systems. Again, the Academia Slide takes full advantage of this, offering a simpler (and therefore more reliable) watch construction of just 276 components, scarcely more than a traditional three-hand manufacture movement.

Technical details

Model: ACADEMIA Slide
Reference: AC.SLD.001

Movement
Calibre: Reference DW 0101
Automatic
Diameter: 39.6 mm
Power reserve: 42 hours
Vibrations: 28,800 vph
Balance: Annular
Spiral: Flat
Escapement: Swiss Lever
Jewelling: 22
Number of components: 276

Functions
3D Hours/minutes/seconds

Case
Academia S
Material: Titanium
Diameter: 49.2 mm
Total thickness: 15.3 mm
Crown: Titanium
Case back: Titanium
Distance between lugs: 23 mm
Water-resistance: 30 metres

Dial
Circular-grained flat faces/Polished angle/Transferred graduated minutes scale

Wristband
Titanium
Buckle Folding

DeWitt Academia Hour Planet

The Academia HOUR PLANET is the latest example of DeWitt’s capacity to re-invent itself, an ideal means of showcasing the passage of time. A perfect marriage of the world of mechanics and the world of travel, this timepiece boasts an exceptional centre-piece: a GMT globe bordered by the signature DeWitt chain.

A lover of satellite images of the Earth, Jérôme de Witt has blended his passion for mechanics with the inspiration that has come from his travels. It was after looking out from the window of an aeroplane one day that Count Jérôme de Witt decided to incorporate a textured globe into a watch. The iconic DeWitt chain has been crafted entirely by hand from 192 components. The chain causes the globe to rotate according to the time zone one is in, with a day/night indicator.

The Academia HOUR PLANET watch is the perfect union between resolutely modern aesthetics and a highly technical piece, bringing together the most subtle colours, materials and finishes. In a pure contemporary spirit, it embraces the new design codes of the DeWitt micro-manufacture.

This timepiece features a mechanical movement with a 55-hour power reserve. Bordered by DeWitt’s famous imperial columns, the minimalist and highly embossed dial is decorated with a completely visible balance regulator that is suspended and held in place by a highly elevated bridge. The 46 mm case features a black alligator-skin strap with large scales, thereby creating a daring contrast between the assertive character of the Academia model and a fully realised aesthetic harmony.

Each detail has been carefully thought out, requiring a substantial investment of time. This new creation perfectly reflects the finishing standards adopted by the DeWitt Manufacture: the surfaces and hands have been manually chamfered, satin-brushed and polished. These touches display a high level of technical skill and a rare sense of depth.

This back-to-basics approach by DeWitt was key, and with it a simple message: smaller collections, with a threefold reduction in the number of models, and a greater emphasis on major pieces, like this new Academia HOUR PLANET with its distinctive characteristics like the famous imperial columns.

Technical details

Model: Academia Hour Planet
Reference: AC.GMT.002 Full black

Movement
Calibre DW2005S
Mechanical movement
Diameter: 39.57 mm
Power reserve: 55 h
Vibrations: 21,600 vph
Balance with screws
Spiral: flat
Escapement: Swiss
29 jewels
Number of components: 428

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, GMT with time zone and day/night indication

Case
Round case with DeWitt’s 24 imperial columns on the sides
Material: Black titanium
Diameter: 46 mm
Total thickness: 11.90 mm
Crown: Polished black titanium, circular blackened titanium insert with a “W” signature
Case back: Open back, sapphire crystal with safety screws
Distance between lugs: 23 mm

Hands
Red and rhodium-plated, sword-shaped

Wristband
Black alligator
Black steel buckle

Other
Water-resistance 30 metres

Dewitt Academia Endless Drive

The Academia Endless Drive watch reveals an original design, consistent with the strong and distinct character of DeWitt creations, with an endless screw as the dial’s distinguishing piece.

The most striking feature is the innovative design of the new Academia Endless Drive’s dial, whose centre features a rotating endless screw, a nod to automotive mechanics, the field of inspiration preferred by the brand’s founder, Count Jérôme de Witt. The curves of the screw in unidirectional movement denote an irreversible rotation that fascinates the observer and serves as an allegory for time itself. Through both aesthetics and function, the model forms a new addition to DeWitt’s series of watch creations with strong and distinct character.

As usual, the Geneva-based Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie innovates and offers a winding mechanism that confers an unusual movement to the helical screw, which is linked to the power reserve’s winding system. More precisely, the model features two degrees of freedom. As the 59-hour power reserve decreases, the screw rotates. When the barrel is wound, the screw slides on its longitudinal axis.

The timepiece’s prowess lies in the design idea’s materialisation, which honours endless screw mechanism, animated in a decidedly unique way.

The Geneva-based Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie’s teams of engineers and master watchmakers adapted the standard DeWitt 5050 automatic movement, entirely developed, produced and assembled by hand in order to give life to a model with shocking allure.

The hand-crafted dial meets the very high standard of finishes adopted by the Manufacture. What’s more, the time display is no exception to the brand’s drive to distinguish itself through exceptional timepieces. The hours and minutes are indicated with two discs located at 9 and 3 o’clock that rotate around a fixed central piece.

The 42.5 mm diameter round case creates an interplay of contrasting effects through the combination of traditional and innovative materials, 18-carat rose gold and black rubber, subtly recreating the famous imperial column motif, the distinctive signature of the brand with the symbol of Emperor Napoleon I. Two small “W” signatures are also found on the crown and on the buckle.

Technical details

Model: ACADEMIA ENDLESS DRIVE
Reference: AC.ED.001

Movement
Calibre: Reference DW1653
Mechanical self-winding movement manufactured by DeWitt
Diameter: 30.6 mm
Power reserve: 59 hours
Vibrations: 21,600 vph
Balance: Variable-inertia balance
Spiral: Flat
Escapement: Swiss lever (44° angle of lift)
Jewelling: 39 jewels
Number of components: 320

Functions
Hours, minutes, power reserve

Case
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 back, sapphire crystal with safety screws
Distance between lugs: 21 mm
Water-resistance: 30 metres

Dial
Black galvanic dial, white silvered discs, 5N gold hours and minutes indications, 5N gold indexes
Hands: NA

Wristband
Wristband Black satin calf skin leather
Buckle: Triple folding clasp, 18-carat rose gold polished cover with “W” signature

DEWITT

Acquiring and possessing a DeWitt watch opens the door to this exclusive, privileged world, reserved for those who seek the last word in perfection, the ultimate in luxury, the world of the new emperors, those men and women around the world who have succeeded.

Jérôme de Witt is the founder of the DeWitt manufacture and inventor of the 400 models created in eleven years with the engineers and designers of the Research and Development department. His wife, Viviane de Witt, former owner and manager of a Paris auction house, author of four books on art, including two on jewellers, joined the company in March 2012. Today the couple runs the manufacture in harmony with respect for values and men, in a constant search for beauty, outstanding quality, and the most advanced horological innovations.

Jérôme & Viviane de Witt

Building on an unprecedented historical legacy, Montres DeWitt has been dedicated since its creation to perpetuating its passion for fine watchmaking, fuelled by a constantly evolving and innovative spirit. Endowed with a horological legitimacy dating back to the 18th century and to the heart of the empire ruled by Napoleon Bonaparte, the noble watchmaking House is dedicated to conceiving and developing – in keeping with the finest traditions of Swiss hand craftsmanship – a range of highly exclusive timepieces imbued with a powerful identity blending refinement and the avant-garde.

Through their prestigious aesthetics and their extremely inventive technology, backed by numerous patents filed to protect their innovative features, DeWitt creations have enjoyed an unabated degree of international success. This enviable reputation first and foremost reflects a fascinating human adventure and the determination of men and women passionately dedicated to their art and who lavish particular and personalised attention on each horological creation – thereby endowing them truly exceptional value. At DeWitt, each timepiece is placed under the exclusive supervision of a single outstanding master-watchmaker, who acts as a guardian of the Brand’s unfailing respect for its fundamental values

Passion, tradition, creativity, integrity and horological excellence: such are the ethical values cultivated by DeWitt within a deliberately daring brand vision – that of nurturing a different, noble and authentic breed of Haute Horlogerie merging time-honoured know-how with exceptional technical expertise.

The Dewitt Heritage
Measuring instruments were long regarded as the exclusive preserve of the most eminent members of society. Seeking to control the relentless forward march of time, emperors and sovereigns around the world were determined to seek ways of quantifying it. Montres DeWitt essentially owes the wealth of its cultural heritage, a unique phenomenon within the international luxury industry, to its founder Jérôme de Witt. The great-grandson of Leopold II of Belgium, Jérôme de Witt is the direct fifth generation descendant of King Jérôme of Westphalia, the brother of Emperor Napoleon 1.

The imperial family has always cultivated a love of fine watchmaking. In 1798, prior to his departure for his Egyptian campaign, Napoleon Bonaparte purchased three timepieces – a repeater watch, an almanac travel clock and a perpetual repeater watch – from a watchmaker named Abraham-Louis Breguet. Upon his return a year later, the future Emperor brought back to the watchmaker one of the timepieces damaged during battle, and demanded a new one as a replacement. Breguet immediately accepted, thereby marking the start of a lengthy cooperation with the imperial family. In 1810, Abraham-Louis Breguet would create the very first wristwatch in History for the Queen of Naples, Caroline Murat, the sister of Emperor Napoleon 1.

DeWitt Family Tree

Over the years, the imperial family built up an extraordinary collection of timekeepers, enriched by King Jérôme of Westphalia, a knowledgeable watch connoisseur, and later by Napoleon III. This historical legacy is now partly in the hands of Jérôme de Witt. Like his prestigious forefathers, Jérôme de Witt has been fascinated by mechanical horology since his early childhood. On the dawn of the year 2000, he decided to satisfy his passion by taking up a tremendous challenge: that of founding a watch brand, Montres DeWitt.

Jérôme de Witt was determined to imbue this House with the values conveyed by his heritage. The entire range of DeWitt timepieces, from aesthetic conception to the creation of the movement, thereby embody the codes of the Empire period. Marrying tradition and modernity, the DeWitt watch collections are immediately identifiable by 24 tiny imperial columns adorning the bezel and the middle section (of the watch, thereby creating a harmonious effect of depth and well-balanced proportions.

The Dewitt Spirit: Quest for the Exceptional
Consistently fascinated by mechanical watchmaking, Jérôme de Witt is eager to share his passion with lovers of the Art of Horology. Inspired by the cultural heritage of his illustrious ancestors, the founder of the brand bearing his name harbours a great sense of respect for the watchmaking artisans who have for centuries devoted their knowledge, dexterity and patience to transforming the passage of time into authentic works of art.

DeWitt Concept Watch WX-1

Jérôme de Witt has made this quest for absolute perfection one of the fundamental values of his company. Each model stemming from his imagination is subjected to a complex and meticulous development process. Technical sophistication, extreme concern for detail, high-end finishing, total respect for Swiss craftsmanship skills and zero tolerance for imperfection of any kind: these are the lofty standards, backed by meticulous and constant scrutiny of the work in progress, that endow DeWitt timepieces with an excellence of character that earns the brand its standing at the very peak of the range, as an acknowledged exponent of exclusive fine watchmaking.

DeWitt Répétition Minutes Tourbillon GMT Antipode

Drawing inspiration from the impressive wealth of its heritage, DeWitt imagines and develops models featuring resolutely lines and volumes. Expressing a blend of traditional and modern elements, the finishing of DeWitt creations testifies to the technical and aesthetic efforts tirelessly expended by the brand and aimed at conferring remarkable value on each of the watches emerging from its workshops. It is the care devoted to each and every detail that denotes a DeWitt timepiece. This quest for perfection constitutes the timeless signature of the master-watchmakers of the House.

The Manufacture Dewitt
It took DeWitt a mere five years to establish its creative reputation within the highly exclusive circle of avant-garde Haute Horlogerie brands. Since 2008, the company has been settled in Satigny, Geneva, at the heart of the Meyrin industrial zone that is already home to a number of watch manufacturers. Like many other players within the watch industry, DeWitt aims to become a full-fledged watch Manufacture that is both independent and self-sufficient in terms of production. The Satigny headquarters are entirely in tune with the company’s desire to achieve full verticalisation of its activities.

Bringing all operations involved in the watchmaking process under one roof guarantees an optimal response to demand for the Brand’s exclusive creations. Original, innovative and highly exclusive, the watches created by the DeWitt artisans naturally need to be crafted according to the specific criteria inherent to small series. The integration of the various stages leading from production to the finished product enables DeWitt to maintain optimal control over the global quality of its creations.

The 5000 square-metre surface area spread over three floors houses all the traditional watchmaking activities. A dedicated Research & Development department focuses on conceptualising and giving shape to the many innovative ideas that arise relating to the movements or functions. It is backed by full mastery of all the operations relating to production, polishing, winding, finishing and decoration of the parts, along with adjustment and quality controls.

Committed to ensuring the continuity of watchmaking traditions, DeWitt is currently one of the world’s only watch brands to continue exercising the art of guilloché-work performed by hand engraving on historical 18th and 19th century rose engines.

The process is also aided and abetted by a set of state-of-the-art ultra-modern machinery, installed on the first floor. The definition of new and original micro-mechanical solutions, the very heart of the unique DeWitt approach, is achieved by a team of particularly well-trained men and women specialising in the most complex systems. Together, they represent an exceptional range of skills, experience and qualifications.

At present DeWitt can rely on a 70-strong workforce united around a single-minded passion for Haute Horlogerie. The executive management of the company is in the hands of Nathalie Veysset, who is striving to optimise the development of the DeWitt watch collections while positioning the corporate image in the segment of exclusive customised models.

In due course, the ultimate goal of the verticalisation process is to develop a set of original movements that will be produced entirely in-house. The creation of “home-made” calibres represents the culmination of an ideal approach to watchmaking. It is all the more important for DeWitt, a House characterised by an avant-garde spirit expressed through the technical content and aesthetic form of its watches and naturally calling for a highly personalised process in order to satisfy a clientele of connoisseurs and devotees of extraordinary creations with genuinely high added value.

The DeWitt Museum
Montres DeWitt devotes part of its premises to the history of watchmaking craftsmanship. Located at the entrance of the building, in the reception area, the DeWitt Museum immediately immerses visitors into the fascinating world of the history of watchmaking machinery. Within a hushed, tranquil setting decorated with warm and prestigious colours embodying the brand universe, the Museum presents one of the world’s largest collections of tools – over 250 in all – retracing almost three centuries of hand-crafted watchmaking.

Collected by Jérôme de Witt during his travels over a period of several years, these extraordinary items date from the 17th century to the early 20th century – a period when the entire watchmaking process was entirely performed by hand.

Showcased in an extremely appealing way, these machines highlight the Swiss national treasure represented by the watchmaking craft by presenting the different stages in the production of a mechanical timepiece – many of them now replaced by industrial methods.

Dewitt and the Art of Guilloché
Guilloché is a time-honoured engraving technique in which a very precise repetitive pattern is mechanically etched into an underlying material with the finest detail. This method was already used centuries ago to decorate dials and watch cases, making it probably one of watchmaking’s oldest professions. Today, original rose-engine machines are true museum pieces and this craft has practically disappeared, now mastered by no more than a handful of guillocheurs worldwide.

The guilloché technique was invented in the 17th century. It was originally executed, using a very simple form of lathe, on soft materials such as ivory and wood to produce decorative ornaments for architecture and furniture. As more sophisticated machines were developed in the course of the 18th century, guilloché was gradually applied on hard metals and on a relatively large scale as industrial demand grew rapidly.

Two types of machines are to be found. The first enables the engraving of straight lines or undulations, whereas the second type is specifically designed for circular patterns. However, the principle is the same in both cases: a smooth plate, fixed to the guillocheuse, follows a regular vertical or circular movement (depending on the type of machine) and is decorated by a burin attached on a horizontal axis. Different shaped rotating wheels, operated manually and also called “rosettes”, guide the movement of the guillocheuse to create a circular pattern. To engrave straight lines or wave patterns, the machine is guided by different shaped “rakes”, positioned vertically.

The quality and the complexity of these miniature engravings, sometimes no more than a tenth of a millimeter, depend entirely on the delicate touch of the guillocheur, for whom the machine is only an extension of his hands. He must be careful not to carve too deeply and ensure that a consistent force is applied for each thread. “Rosettes” and “rakes” represent the repertoire of the guillocheur, and an important part of his artistic work is to imagine new combinations of shapes and to apply them in such a way that they will produce a harmonious and pleasing pattern.

Particularly well-known in the field of exclusive watchmaking, the guilloché technique was, however, also used to decorate many other small luxurious objects: expensive pens, cigarette lighters, snuff boxes, jewellery, mirrors, hair-styling accessories, etc. Although used mainly on precious metals, such as gold or silver, guillochage was also used on organic materials such as wood, ivory or even coconut.

In contemporary Haute Horlogerie, DeWitt is now one of the very few remaining watch-makers to perpetuate the art of guilloché on historical 18th, 19th and 20th century rose-engine machines. Noël Bourdon, DeWitt’s master guillocheur, still passionately cultivates the secrets of this art on the three historical machines of the Manufacture. Though the process of decorating dials or even movement components is extremely time-consuming, there is no substitute for the beauty and elegance of hand-engraved guilloché.

Contact details
MONTRES DEWITT SA
Rue du Pré-de-la-Fontaine 2,
1217 Meyrin, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

Official website: http://www.dewitt.ch

Dewitt Special Edition Watch for Only Watch 2017

Geneva based Swiss Haute Horlogerie Manufacture DeWitt is taking part in the 2017 Only Watch charity auction held on November 11 in Geneva under the high patronage and in the presence of H.S.H the Sovereign Prince Albert II. All proceeds from the sale will be going towards research for muscular dystrophy. A proud associate of the event since 2005, DeWitt will auction this year a very special watch, which will display a dial imagined by the best bidder and hand-crafted in DeWitt Manufacture.

The Swiss Haute Horlogerie Manufacture DeWitt belongs to the few watch brands who can produce their own movements and the very few who have dial-makers in house. It is precisely this uniqueness that the brand is proud to offer to the new owner of one of its timepieces, which will be auctioned at Only Watch 2017. They will have the privilege to imagine the dial of their own watch, which will be hand-crafted in the Geneva based Manufacture.

The watch houses a self-winding DeWitt movement offering a 42-hour power reserve, with hours, minutes and seconds functions. Its 43 mm stainless steel case is the case of the iconic Academia model featuring the famous DeWitt imperial column motif and the exclusive notched bezel.

The timepiece is satin-finished, polished and chamfered, meeting the brand’s highest finish standards. It is presented with an alligator strap or a steel bracelet, and a folding clasp that bears the “W” signature, which also features on the crown. The dial will be chosen by the new owner of the watch and will be crafted by hand in the Manufacture’s dial-making workshops. Tailor-made colours, special finishing (lacquered, electroplated treatment, guilloche…), personal drawings or logos can be imagined for an exclusive custom-made creation.

On the occasion of the 2017 edition, focus is set on unique experiences and collaborations. Thus, DeWitt will have the pleasure to offer the experience of unique design, technical excellence and individual service to the best bidder. They will not only choose the face of the watch, but also experience to view live the skilled master dial-makers at work at the Manufacture.

They will follow the complex process of dial-making. It is a genuine know-how, using historical machinery from the 18th and 19th century, still operating at the Haute Horlogerie ateliers. This will allow the wearer to fully admire the beauty of the DeWitt timepiece offered at this unique event.

DeWitt Lady Pressy Honey

DeWitt pays tribute to its founder’s origins by adorning the Lady Pressy watch with an exceptional dial of imperial inspiration. The dial’s skeletonised structure in gold brings to mind a honeycomb pattern, alternately set with diamonds and cognac-coloured garnets.

Bees – the imperial emblem par excellence – formed the inspiration behind the new Lady Pressy design, anchoring it even more firmly in the Maison’s history. DeWitt’s founder, Jérôme de Witt, is a direct descendant of the Emperor Napoleon I. Beyond this obvious connection, the two worlds share the values of precision, hard work and the passing on of wisdom – values that are particularly important at DeWitt.

Knowledge passed down over the years, the precision of tasks meticulously performed and orchestrated, and finally the intensive work that breathes life into their creations –these are common denominators that link true watchmaking artisans to honey-makers, toiling in their hives.

Painstaking care has gone into the design, manufacture and hand assembly of the new Lady Pressy’s dial, executed by the Manufacture’s master dial-makers at Meyrin in Geneva.

The watch’s undeniable subtleness is also a result of its alternating lines: a round case set with a row of round diamonds, daring strap attachments that give the model its unique character, and geometric lines in a honeycomb pattern on the dial.

The Lady Pressy’s 18-carat rose gold case stands out with its two geometric ornaments, shaped like stylised crowns, at 6 and 12 o’clock. The Lady Pressy watch houses a self-winding calibre with a power reserve of 42 hours, indicating the hours and the minutes.

Technical details
Model: Lady Pressy Honey
Reference; LPE.007.S

Movement
Calibre Reference DW0403
Mechanical self-winding movement
Functions: Hours, minutes
Power reserve: 42 hours
Oscillating rotor: DeWitt design
Vibrations: 28,800 vph
Balance: 3-armed, made in Glucydur
Diameter: 25.60 mm
Jewelling: 21 jewels

Case
Round case
Material: Polished 18-carat rose gold set with 52 round diamonds (approx. 1.35 cts)
Diameter: 36 mm
Total thickness: 9.1 mm
Crown: Polished 18-carat rose gold set with 1 round diamond (approx. 0.3 cts)
Case back: Sapphire crystal
Distance between lugs: 12.25 mm
Water-resistance: 30 metres

Dial
Rose gold structure open-worked in a honeycomb pattern set with round diamonds and garnets

Hands
Hours and minutes: 18-carat rose gold, open-worked hands in the form of double-edged swords

Wristband
Polished 18-carat rose gold set with 82 round diamonds (approx. 0.52 cts)
Buckle: Triple folding clasp in 18-carat rose gold

DeWitt Glorious Knight HMS

The Glorious Knight collection from DeWitt offers a subtle mix of modernity and elegance, now with a new aesthetic for its dial and in a wide colour palette. Dewitt owes this creative freedom to its dial-making workshops, whose teams possess all the highly complex expertise required to create these dials in-house using traditional artistic crafts. Dials featuring guilloché-work, enamelling and lacquering are also crafted by hand in these workshops.

The subtle combination of steel and black PVD on a robust 42 mm case reinforces the contemporary spirit of the watch. The famous imperial column motif, a tribute to the historical legacy of the DeWitt family, is still present. The Glorious Knight HMS boasts an automatic movement with a power reserve lasting around 42 hours.

Finally, the new Glorious Knight HMS line meets the high standards of finish adopted by the DeWitt Manufacture since its creation, with satin-finished, polished, and chamfered surfaces. The high quality of finishing work also applies to the oscillating weight with personalised “Côtes de Genève”, and to the case back stamped with “Clous de Paris”, featuring a medallion carrying the brand logo. There is also a “W” engraved on the crown.

The first line by Dewitt to be fashioned in stainless steel, the Glorious Knight HMS watch can be purchased from 6,000 Swiss Francs.

Technical details
Movement
Reference DWHMS
Mechanical self-winding movement
Diameter: 25.60 mm
Functions: Hours, minutes, central seconds
Power reserve: 42 hours
Rotor: Dewitt design with “Côtes de Genève” pattern
Vibrations: 28,800 vph
Balance: 3-armed, made in Glucydur
Jewelling: 21 jewels

Case
Round case with DeWitt imperial columns on the sides and on the bezel
Material: Steel, black PVD treatment on the sides
Diameter: 42 mm
Total thickness: 11.40 mm
Crown: Steel, polished and satin-finished, “W” signature
Case back: DeWitt design with “Clou de Paris” pattern
Distance between lugs: 21 mm
Water-resistance: 30 metres

Dial
Grey, white, blue or green

Hands
Hours and minutes: 18-carat white gold, open-worked hands in the form of double-edged swords
Seconds: black, thin and elegant

Wristband
Steel bracelet or alligator strap
Buckle: Polished, engraved “W” signature

DeWitt Sparkling Out of Time

After rendering this iconic timepiece in elegant black, blue and white shades of lacquer, the DeWitt Manufacture now presents the Academia Out of Time with its dial lacquered in a chocolate colour tone highlighted by specks of gold.

Housed in a round 42.5 mm diameter case, the Academia Out of Time watch is driven by an automatic DeWitt calibre indicating the hours, minutes and seconds, and entirely developed, produced and assembled by hand by the master watchmakers at the Meyrin Manufacture in Geneva.

Robust and reliable with its 21,600 vibrations per hour and its 65-hour power reserve, the Out of Time version is equipped with 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 2 functions represent the opposition between real time, in the form of regulator function of the dead-beat seconds hand that momentarily halts at each second, and virtual time, freely following its wild and endless course.

This unique watch structure is made up of the DW5051 standard manufactured calibre plus additional modules, with a total of 217 components, most of which are made in-house and assembled in DeWitt’s own workshops.

Creating an interplay of contrasting effects through the combination of traditional and innovative materials, the Academia Out of Time’s case is crafted in 18-carat rose gold and black rubber, with a subtle recreation of the famous imperial columns, the distinctive signature of DeWitt watch creations.

Like all DeWitt watch creations, it perfectly meets the very high standard of finishes endorsed by the Manufacture. There are two small “W” signatures on the crown and on the buckle.

Technical details
Model: ACADEMIA OUT OF TIME
AC.OUT.004

Movement
Calibre Reference DW1201
Mechanical self-winding movement manufactured by DeWitt
Diameter: 30.6 mm
Functions: Hours, minutes, dead-beat second at 4 o’clock
Power reserve: 65 hours
Vibrations: 21,600 vph
Balance: Variable-inertia balance
Spiral: Flat
Escapement: Swiss lever (44° angle of lift)
Jewelling: 38 jewels
Number of components: 217

Case
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 back, sapphire crystal with safety screws
Distance between lugs: 21 mm
Water-resistance: 30 metres

Dial
Lacquer in chocolate colour tone highlighted by specks of gold

Hands
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

Wristband
Brown alligator
Buckle: Triple folding clasp, 18-carat rose gold polished cover with “W” signature

DeWitt Academia Stainless Steel Grande Date

With a young, contemporary and trendy feel, the Academia Stainless Steel Grande Date watch updates the DeWitt DNA with an avant-garde “sporty chic” design. Featuring the famous DeWitt imperial column motif and with the exclusive notched bezel of the Academia, the Grande Date model enters 2017 with a revisited dial and a palette of new shades. The dials are increasingly being pared back to target a young, dynamic clientèle with a passion for watches.

Crafted in the Manufacture by DeWitt’s own dial-makers, its rosette motif is the framework for an alternating pattern of sunray decorations, half-moons in beige mother-of-pearl, and rose gold-coloured appliqué Arabic and Roman numerals.

Each dial is crafted by hand in the dial-making workshops at DeWitt’s Manufacture. The contemporary style of its round 43 mm case sculpted with DeWitt’s traditional 24 imperial columns contrasts elegantly with the consummate refinement of the dial. The collection is fitted with an automatic movement offering a 42-hour power reserve, and features an aperture at 12 o’clock where the date can be read.

Each Academia Grande Date model meets the very highest standards of finish adopted by the DeWitt Manufacture, with satin-finished, polished, and chamfered surfaces. This high-quality workmanship can be seen through the sapphire crystal case back, also revealing a delicate DeWitt rotor.

The watches are presented with an alligator strap and a folding clasp that bears the “W” signature, which also features on the crown.

The new Academia Stainless Steel Grande Date can be purchased from 6,000 Swiss Francs.

Technical details
Model: ACADEMIA STEEL BIG DATE
References: NAC.GDE.002 & NAC.GDE.003

Movement
Calibre Reference DW1501
Mechanical self-winding movement
Diameter: 30 mm
Functions: Hours, minutes, big date
Power reserve: 42 hours
Rotor: Dewitt design with “Côtes de Genève” pattern
Vibrations: 28,800 vph
Balance: 3-armed, made in Glucydur
Jewelling: 48 jewels

Case
Round with 24 DeWitt Imperial columns on the bezel
Material: Steel
Diameter: 43 mm
Total thickness: 10.21 mm
Crown: Steel, Dewitt design, polished, embossed “W” signature
Case back: Sapphire crystal with safety screws
Distance between lugs: 21 mm
Water-resistance: 30 metres

Dial
Black or white

Hands
Hours and minutes: open-work hands in the shape of double-edged swords
Seconds: black

Wristband
Black alligator strap
Buckle: Folding clasp, polished, engraved “W” signature

DEWITT ACADEMIA SKELETON – AC.SKE.001/AC.SKE.002

DeWitt’s new Academia Skeleton watch is the latest addition to the Geneva Manufacture’s series of emblematic watch creations.

The watchmaker returns to its roots by developing a new movement with a strong character that embodies DeWitt both in its aesthetics and in its functions.

For the manually wound skeleton movement, Jérôme de Witt has chosen a highly complex mathematical structure. The power reserve system is based on the satellite principle already created for the Tourbillon Differentiel model, which won an award in the innovation category at the Grand Prix de l’Horlogerie de Genève in 2005. The power reserve is indicated by an arrow located on this differential, which is in constant rotation.

The power reserve, with its indicator at 1 o’clock, has been expanded to over 100 hours thanks to the use of a double barrel. The three-dimensional bridge in which it is housed is itself crafted in the form of a car wheel-rim, a field of inspiration that has often been explored by the brand. The most distinctive particularity of the movement, however, lies in its bi-directional seconds at 7 o’clock.

The seconds hand changes direction after 30 seconds thanks to a disconnecting gear system, and performs an instantaneous jump that sends it in the opposite direction to mark the following 30 seconds. The seconds are therefore indicated in two different directions, which gives the seconds hand a totally new way of moving. The principle is that of windscreen-wipers of certain sophisticated cars, constantly moving backwards and forwards to clear the entire windscreen surface.

So as to highlight these disparate elements, each of which is marked out in its own way by a distinctive design and construction, the “black gold” colour tone skeleton displays a harmonious aesthetic that inspires a sense of purity. Great care and attention has been paid to the quality of the hand-crafted finishes and the bridges with their indented angles.

This manually wound movement is made up of 263 parts. It is housed in the new Academia case, with a diameter of 42.5 mm. The alternating rose gold and rubber serve to recreate the famous imperial columns that are a characteristic feature of the watchmaker. The total thickness of the case is only 10.3 mm.

On the case back, the sapphire crystal reveals the wheels sculptured in relief, giving the movement a sense of volume and perspective.

Like all DeWitt timepieces, the Academia Skeleton watch meets the very highest standards of finishing adopted by the Manufacture right from its origins: hand-crafted finishes, satin-brushed finishes, circular graining, polished chamfering and indented angles.

Technical details
Model: ACADEMIA SKELETON – AC.SKE.001/AC.SKE.002

Movement
Reference DW1105S
Mechanical manually-wound movement with a double barrel, manufactured by DeWitt
Diameter: 36.6 mm
Power reserve: Over 100 hours
Frequency: 21,600 vph
Balance with screws
Balance spring: Flat
Escapement: Swiss lever, 44° angle of lift
Jewelling: 50 jewels
Number of components: 263

Functions
Hours, minutes, bi-retrograde seconds

Case
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
Distance between lugs: 21 mm
Water-resistance: 30 metres

Dial
Dial bridge in “black gold” colour tone, satin-finished, with indented angles
Seconds and power reserve indications in rose gold colour tone/ Seconds and power reserve indications in silver colour tone
Satin-finished bezel flange in “black gold” colour tone, with indication of the hours by index appliques in rose gold

Hands
Hours and minutes: open-worked hands in the shape of double edged swords, 18-carat rose gold
Seconds: open-worked hands in the shape of double-edged swords, rose gold colour tone

Wristband
Mat brown alligator leather
Buckle: 18-carat rose gold pin buckle, « W » signature

Dewitt Lady Pressy

The launch of DeWitt’s new Lady Pressy collection marks a clear development for the Geneva-based Manufacture, which this year will release several jewellery watch models aimed at women.

Resolutely anchored in the 21st century, while maintaining a sense of imperial nobility, the Lady Pressy collection makes its presence felt thanks to its simplicity.

Its 18-carat rose gold case, measuring 36 mm in diameter, stands out with its two geometric ornaments, shaped like a stylised crown, at 6 and 12 o’clock.

The watch’s undeniable subtleness is a result of its alternating lines: a more traditional round case encircled by a row of round diamonds, as well as daring strap attachments, which give the model its unique character. The geometric lines, which also feature in the design of its understated and refined bracelet, make this a watch that captures the spirit of the times. The collection is available in several versions: with a gold bracelet, red alligator or black alligator strap and a white, blue or green lacquered mother-of-pearl dial enhanced by appliqué Roman numerals.

As for every DeWitt creation, the dials have been hand-assembled with extreme care by the Manufacture’s master dial-makers in Meyrin, Geneva.

The Lady Pressy watch houses a self-winding calibre with a power reserve of 42 hours, indicating the hours and the minutes. Its open-worked hands in the form of double-edged swords are also made from 18-carat rose gold. The version with a gold bracelet is adorned by a total of 135 round diamonds (for approx. 2.2 carats).

Technical details
Model: LADY PRESSY

Movement
Calibre DW0403 Mechanical self-winding movement
Power reserve: 42 hours
Oscillating rotor: DeWitt design
Vibrations: 28,800 vph
Balance: 3-armed, made in Glucydur
Diameter: 25.60 mm
Jewelling: 21 jewels

Functions
Hours, minutes

LADY PRESSY LPE.001

Case
Round case
Polished 18-carat rose gold set with 52 round diamonds (approx. 1.35 cts)
Diameter: 36 mm
Total thickness: 9.1 mm
Crown: Polished 18-carat rose gold set with 1 round diamond (approx. 0.3 cts)
Case back: Sapphire crystal
Distance between lugs: 12.25 mm
Water-resistance: 30 metres

Dial
White mother-of-pearl with appliqués (Roman numerals and indexes) in rose gold
Hands: Hours and minutes: 18-carat rose gold, open-worked hands in the form of double-edged swords

Wristband
Shiny black alligator leather
18-carat rose gold pin buckle, polished, engraved “W” signature

LADY PRESSY LPE.002

Case
Round case
Polished 18-carat rose gold set with 52 round diamonds (approx. 1.35 cts)
Diameter: 36 mm
Total thickness: 9.1 mm
Crown: Polished 18-carat rose gold set with 1 round diamond (approx. 0.3 cts)
Case back: Sapphire crystal
Distance between lugs: 12.25 mm
Water-resistance: 30 metres

Dial
White mother-of-pearl with appliqués (Roman numerals and indexes) in rose gold

Hands: Hours and minutes: 18-carat rose gold, open-worked hands in the form of double-edged swords

Wristband
Shiny red alligator leather
Buckle: 18-carat rose gold pin buckle, polished, engraved “W” signature

LADY PRESSY LPE.001.S

Case
Round case
Polished 18-carat rose gold set with 52 round diamonds (approx. 1.35 cts)
Diameter: 36 mm
Total thickness: 9.1 mm
Crown: Polished 18-carat rose gold set with 1 round diamond (approx. 0.3 cts)
Case back: Sapphire crystal
Distance between lugs: 12.25 mm
Water-resistance: 30 metres

Dial
White mother-of-pearl with appliqués (Roman numerals and indexes) in rose gold
Hands: Hours and minutes: 18-carat rose gold, open-worked hands in the form of double-edged swords

Wristband
Polished 18-carat rose gold set with 82 round diamonds (approx. 0.52 cts)
Triple folding clasp in 18-carat rose gold

LADY PRESSY LPE.003.S

Case
Round case
Polished 18-carat rose gold set with 52 round diamonds (approx. 1.35 cts)
Diameter: 36 mm
Total thickness: 9.1 mm
Crown: Polished 18-carat rose gold set with 1 round diamond (approx. 0.3 cts)
Case back: Sapphire crystal
Distance between lugs: 12.25 mm
Water-resistance: 30 metres

Dial
White mother-of-pearl overlaid with green lacquer with appliqués (Roman numerals and indexes) in rose gold
Hands: Hours and minutes: 18-carat rose gold, open-worked hands in the form of double-edged swords

Wristband
Polished 18-carat rose gold set with 82 round diamonds (approx. 0.52 cts)
Triple folding clasp in 18-carat rose gold

LADY PRESSY LPE.004.S

Case
Round case
Polished 18-carat rose gold set with 52 round diamonds (approx. 1.35 cts)
Diameter: 36 mm
Total thickness: 9.1 mm
Crown: Polished 18-carat rose gold set with 1 round diamond (approx. 0.3 cts)
Case back: Sapphire crystal
Distance between lugs: 12.25 mm
Water-resistance: 30 metres

Dial
White mother-of-pearl overlaid with blue lacquer with appliqués (Roman numerals and indexes) in rose gold
Hands: Hours and minutes: 18-carat rose gold, open-worked hands in the form of double-edged swords

Wristband
Polished 18-carat rose gold set with 82 round diamonds (approx. 0.52 cts)
Triple folding clasp in 18-carat rose gold

DEWITT ALMA, New Edition

Both classical and contemporary in style, the latest addition to the Alma jewellery line is ready to adorn women’s wrists with elegance and sophistication.

Its originality comes from a combination of alternating gentle lines and curves. The interplay between the settings of its diamonds and its slightly downward-curving profile gives this model a truly unique character.

Its subtly asymmetric appearance emphasises both its femininity and its singularity. The new Alma watch is available with an 18-carat rose gold oval case in two sizes (small or medium). The dials, hand-crafted by master dial-makers in the Manufacture’s workshops in Meyrin, Geneva, display an extremely accomplished quality of finish.

In white or black mother-of-pearl, they feature a guilloché pattern at their centre and are set with round diamonds. The transferred indexes and Arabic numerals also contribute to the asymmetric appearance that is so characteristic of this watch.

Rose gold open-worked hands in the form of double-edged swords indicate the hours and minutes. Contributing an additional touch to these intricate finishes, the gold crown is set with a round diamond, and the buckle is engraved with the “W” signature. The cambered anti-reflective glass also accentuates the curvature of its profile. Finally, all the new Alma models are equipped with black satin straps.

Technical details
Movement
Calibre DW0405

Functions
Hours, minutes

ALMA AL.010

Case
Ovale case
18-carat rose gold, set with 67 round diamonds (approx. 0.66 cts)
Dimensions: 34.6×27.9 mm
Total thickness: 9.7 mm
Crown: 18-carat rose gold, polished, set with 1 round diamond
Case back: Design DeWitt
Distance between lugs: 12 mm
Water-resistance: 30 metres

Dial
White mother-of-pearl with a guilloché sunray pattern at the centre, set with 7 diamonds (approx. 0.02 cts), with the hours indicated by Arabic numerals and indexes
Hands: Hours and minutes: 18-carat rose gold, open-worked hands in the form of double-edged swords

Wristband
Black satin
Buckle: 18-carat rose gold pin buckle, polished, « W » signature

ALMA AL.011

Case
Ovale case
18-carat rose gold, set with 67 round diamonds (approx. 0.66 cts)
Dimensions: 34.6×27.9 mm
Total thickness: 9.7 mm
Crown: 18-carat rose gold, polished, set with 1 round diamond
Case back: Design DeWitt
Distance between lugs: 12 mm
Water-resistance: 30 metres

Dial
Black with a guilloché sunray pattern at the centre, set with 7 diamonds (approx. 0.02 cts), with the hours indicated by Arabic numerals and indexes
Hands: Hours and minutes: 18-carat rose gold, open-worked hands in the form of double-edged swords

Wristband
Black satin
Buckle: 18-carat rose gold pin buckle, polished, « W » signature

ALMA AL.008

Case
Ovale case
18-carat rose gold, set with 64 round diamonds (approx. 0.33 cts)
Dimensions: 26.9×21.7 mm
Total thickness: 8.1 mm
Crown: 18-carat rose gold, polished, set with 1 round diamond
Case back: Design DeWitt
Distance between lugs: 10 mm
Water-resistance: 30 metres

Dial
White mother-of-pearl with a guilloché sunray pattern at the centre, set with 7 diamonds (approx. 0.01 cts), with the hours indicated by Arabic numerals and indexes
Hands: Hours and minutes: 18-carat rose gold, open-worked hands in the form of double-edged swords

Wristband
Black satin
Buckle: 18-carat rose gold pin buckle, polished, « W » signature

ALMA AL.009

Case
Ovale case
18-carat rose gold, set with 64 round diamonds (approx. 0.33 cts)
Dimensions: 26.9×21.7 mm
Total thickness: 8.1 mm
Crown: 18-carat rose gold, polished, set with 1 round diamond
Case back: Design DeWitt
Distance between lugs: 10 mm
Water-resistance: 30 metres

Dial
Black with a guilloché sunray pattern at the centre, set with 7 diamonds (approx. 0.01 cts), with the hours indicated by Arabic numerals and indexes
Hands: Hours and minutes: 18-carat rose gold, open-worked hands in the form of double-edged swords

Wristband
Black satin
Buckle: 18-carat rose gold pin buckle, polished, « W » signature

DEWITT BLUE EMPIRE

The DeWitt watchmaking Manufacture presents its latest creation, Blue Empire, a collection of jewellery watches dedicated to women.

Its 36-mm diameter round case in 18-carat rose gold or 18-carat gold and steel is embellished with a timeless metal wristband with delicate jewellery fastenings.

The wristband of the rose gold model is set with a thin line of round diamonds at its centre. The midnight blue dial is lit up by a guilloché sunray pattern decorated with 12 appliques indicating the hours. It is assembled by hand by the expert dial-makers of the DeWitt workshops, one of the rare Manufactures to create the dials for its watches in-house.

The DeWitt imperial columns have been creatively revisited to highlight the dial, circling the 12 indexes indicating the time. A modern evolution of one of the distinctive features of the Manufacture’s watchmaking collections .Two open-worked hands in the form of double-edged swords indicate the hours and minutes, while the seconds are indicated by a central second hand.

The Blue Empire watch’s crown in rose gold and blue lacquer is surrounded by a delicate circular row of 20 round diamonds.

The watch’s extremely successful finishes and the alternation of polished gold, diamonds and blue embellishments in particular give it an added touch of refinement and modernism. In total, 150 round diamonds illuminate the Blue Empire watch in gold.

The model is available with a quartz movement or an automatic movement.

BLUE EMPIRE BEM.QZ.001

Case
Round case
18-carat rose gold and steel, set with 42 round diamonds (approx. 1.63 cts)
Diameter: 36 mm
Total thickness: 9.1 mm
Crown: 18-carat rose gold and blue lacquer, set with 20 round diamonds (approx. 0.04 cts)
Case back: DeWitt design
Distance between lugs: 12 mm
Water-resistance: 30 metres

Dial
Blue guilloché sunray pattern with 12 rose gold colour tone appliques indicating the hours
Rose gold colour tone flange representing the DeWitt imperial columns

Hands
Hours and minutes: 18-carat rose gold, open-worked hands in the form of double-edged swords
Central second: 18-carat rose gold, thin and elegant

Wristband
18-carat rose gold and steel
Triple folding clasp in polished steel

BLUE EMPIRE BEM.QZ.002

Movement
Calibre DW0404

Functions
Hours, minutes, central seconds

Case
Round case
18-carat rose gold, set with 48 round diamonds (approx. 1.67 cts)
Diameter: 36 mm
Total thickness: 9.1 mm
Crown: 18-carat rose gold and blue lacquer, set with 20 round diamonds (approx. 0.04 cts)
Case back: DeWitt design
Distance between lugs: 12 mm
Water-resistance: 30 metres

Dial
Blue guilloché sunray pattern with 12 rose gold colour tone appliques indicating the hours
Rose gold colour tone flange representing the DeWitt imperial columns

Hands
Hours and minutes: 18-carat rose gold, open-worked hands in the form of double-edged swords
Central second: 18-carat rose gold, thin and elegant

Wristband
18-carat rose gold set with 82 round diamonds (approx. 0.52 cts)
Triple folding clasp in polished 18-carat rose gold

Dewitt Classic Jewellery Moon Abstraction Limited Edition

Swiss luxury watch manufacture DeWitt pays tribute to the artistic crafts and adorns its Classic Jewellery watch with an exceptional dial of celestial inspiration.

With this third creation, DeWitt pays an elegant tribute to the spirit of majesty and freedom of the Emperor Napoleon, a direct ancestor of Jérôme de Witt, the founder of the Manufacture. No paint is used, and the dials are crafted from powdered pigments. Powdered diamond, platinum, gold, pearl, lapis lazuli and other gemstones create a unique, delicately ethereal design.

After its first two dials inspired by the Japanese spring, the DeWitt Manufacture has chosen the Classic Jewellery watch model for this abstract interpretation of a lunar landscape.

With its pure lines and slender imperial columns, the watch’s 18-carat rose gold case highlights the delicate refinement of the dial. The 60 diamonds adorning the bezel emphasise the brilliance of this celestial design, crafted from powdered precious stones.

Technical details
Model: Classic Jewellery, Moon Abstraction
Reference: CLA. HMS/102.005

Movement
Calibre reference: DWHMS
Mechanical self-winding movement
Power reserve: 42 hours
Oscillating rotor: DeWitt design with Côtes de Genève pattern
Vibrations: 28,800 vph
Balance: 3-armed, made in Glucydur
Diameter: 25.60 mm
Jewelling: 21 jewels

Functions
Hours, minutes, central seconds

Case
Round case with DeWitt imperial columns on the sides
Material: 18-carat rose gold set with 60 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 1.39 cts)
Diameter: 40 mm
Total thickness: 9.6 mm
Crown: 18-carat rose gold, polished and brushed, “W” signature
Case back: Sapphire crystal
Distance between lugs: 20 mm
Water-resistance: 30 metres

Dial
Celestial motif hand-crafted using powdered diamond, pearl, platinum, gold, lapis lazuli and other gemstones

Hands
Hours and minutes: 18-carat rose gold, open-worked hands in the form of double-edged swords
Central second: 18-carat rose gold, thin and elegant

Wristband
Blue alligator
18-carat rose gold pin buckle, polished, engraved “W” signature

Edition
Limited edition of 10 pieces

Dewitt Twenty-8-Eight Skeleton Tourbillon High Jewellery

Swiss luxury watch maker Dewitt presents a high jewellery version of its Twenty -8- Eight Skeleton Tourbillon timepiece. Produced in a limited edition of 99 pieces, this exclusive creation comes in an 18-carat rose gold case adorned with 36 baguette-cut diamonds and 104 round diamonds.

Inside beats the DeWitt DW8028s skeletonised movement that uses age-old, recognised and highly reliable technical parameters in its construction: 18,000 Vph, a variable-inertia balance, a 44° angle escapement and a 72-hour power reserve.

Entirely produced in-house, this manually wound tourbillon is equipped with a Swiss anchor escapement and a Straumann Hairspring® with a Phillips terminal curve made from an unbreakable, self-compensating, non-oxidising, anti-magnetic alloy sequenced at 2.5 Hz. The perfect homogeneity and incredibly precise flat rolling of the hairspring (0.0001 mm) give the mechanism extremely high precision.

The Twenty-8-Eight Skeleton Tourbillon does not intend to compete with the ultra -skinny and fragile skeleton movements where as much material as possible has been removed. The architecture of DeWitt’s skeleton remains decidedly strong and is therefore very well balanced with the design of the case which features 48 imperial columns – a typical feature of practically all DeWitt masterpieces.

The carved-out main plate – a sand-blasted nickel silver base with black gold surface finishing and a yellow gold inscription of the calibre reference – is a marvellous labyrinth of curves, circles and straight lines which reveals a stunning skeletonised “W” logo positioned at 9 o’clock. The play on depths, perspectives and layers is a typical feature of DeWitt designs and the Twenty-8-Eight Skeleton Tourbillon is no exception. The “W” logo is duplicated on the lower part of the movement in order to create interesting volumes when admiring the movement from either side of the watch.

But however robust the foundations, your eyes will inevitably be drawn deep into the movement and the captivating finesse of its mechanics. You will marvel at the tourbillon as it rotates on its axis, held in place by a slender, black-polished, circular-grained Art Deco bridge.

The barrel, positioned at 12 o’clock, is also skeletonised in order to reveal the interior of the motor. The shape given to the open-worked barrel was inspired by the design of vintage car steering wheels. As the barrel drum gently turns with the unwinding of the spring, the upper stems of this “vintage” wheel glide over the stems of the lower part – yet another interesting play on layers by DeWitt.

The Twenty-8-Eight Skeleton Tourbillon is housed in a 43 mm round case in 18-carat rose gold. With its thickness of 10.78 mm and comfortable proportions with redesigned lugs and slightly more discreet imperial columns decorating its flanks, it remains instantly recognisable and true to DeWitt’s DNA. Its balanced design offers a combination of character and refinement, creating a successful match with the architectural lines of the skeletonised movement.

On the interior side of the bezel, a diamond-polished wall in 18-carat rose gold surrounds the movement above the skeletonised section, producing subtle reflections of this work of art. The wall is decorated by four extremely precise and sharp “W” logos, engraved on the cardinal points. The case is set with 36 baguette-cut diamonds and 96 brilliant-cut diamonds.

The Twenty-8-Eight Skeleton Tourbillon fully complies with the very demanding finishing norms of the DeWitt Manufacture. Carried out entirely by hand, the treatment and finishing work on this piece are of exceptional quality. The case, main plate, bridges, wheels and even miniature screws are angled, polished, satin-brushed and treated to perfection in the meticulous hands of the DeWitt watchmakers. Particularly eye-catching is the inspired alternation of polished and satin-brushed finishes on the columns of the bezel.

Technical details
Model: TWENTY-8-EIGHT SKELETON TOURBILLON HIGH JEWELLERY
Reference: T8.TH.025

Movement
Calibre reference: DW8028s
Mechanical and skeletonised manually wound movement integrating a tourbillon manufactured by DeWitt
Hand-produced finishes
Power reserve: 72 hours
Vibrations: 18,000 Vph
Balance: Variable-inertia balance
Spiral: Spiral with Breguet curve sequenced at 2.5 Hz
Escapement: 44° angle of lift
Jewelling: 19 jewels
Diameter: 14.6’’ (33 mm)
Number of components: 185

Functions
Hours, minutes

Case
Round case with DeWitt imperial columns on the sides
Material: 18-carat rose gold set with 36 baguette-cut diamonds and 104 round diamonds (approx. 3.7 ct)
Diameter: 43 mm
Total thickness: 10.78 mm
Crown: 18-carat white gold crown adorned with a ring in blackened titanium featuring the “W” signature
Case back: Sapphire case back
Water-resistance: 30 metres

Dial
No dial
Hands: Hours and minutes: hands in the form of double-edged swords

Strap
Shiny brown alligator leather
Buckle: 18-carat rose gold folding clasp, polished, “W” signature

Edition
Limited Edition: 99 Pieces

Dewitt – Golden Afternoon & Classic – Japanese Spring

In 2016, Swiss Manufacture DeWitt is celebrating women, with a collection of jewellery watches that will be unveiled throughout the year.

The first two models exclusively devoted to women pay tribute to Japanese artistic crafts. These exceptional dials were produced in partnership with a Japanese artist, trained since the age of five in the ancient art of calligraphy, painting and the history of Japanese art by the great masters. Her utterly unique technique involves combining precious pigments with Indian ink to produce decoration. Powdered diamond, platinum, gold, pearl, agate or other gemstones give her creations a particular sheen and subtle, textured effects.

No paint is used and the dials are formed using only dots of powder fixed by hand, requiring extreme meticulousness and very fine tools. Around 30,000 to 50,000 dots are necessary to create the delicate decoration on each dial. The sound of Baroque and contemporary music – a source of inspiration for the artist – enhances every stroke of her designs.

With these first creations, the artist wanted to pay a noble and elegant tribute to the spirit of majesty and freedom of the Emperor Napoleon, a direct ancestor of Jérôme de Witt, the founder of Dewitt. The first two dials in the series, imbued with nature and poetry, embellish the DeWitt Golden Afternoon and Classic gem-set models.

The Golden Afternoon jewellery watch, well-known for its floral dial in mother-of-pearl marquetry, features a delicate design of butterflies and flowers, formed of powdered diamond, pearl, platinum, gold, lapis lazuli, agate and other gemstones.

The blue and violet tinted dial adorns a white-gold case set with round diamonds and enhanced with a shiny blue alligator wristband. The hour and minute hands, shaped like finely sculpted angel wings, and the seconds hand, adorned with a small flame, are in perfect harmony with the lightness of the decoration.

The Classic jewellery model, with its 18-carat rose gold case set with a row of diamonds, is dressed in springtime shades tinged with yellow, orange and green.

The floral motif shines with the pigments of powdered diamond, pearl, platinum, gold, tiger’s eye, malachite, quartz and other gemstones. The watch is fitted with a matching shiny green alligator wristband. A fusion of great Swiss watchmaking tradition and the ancient art of Japanese calligraphy, the new collection of DeWitt women’s jewellery watches is the result of a pure search for harmony and poetry.

Classic Jewellery, Japanese Spring

CLA.HMS/102.004
Limited Edition: 10 PIECES

Movement
Calibre Reference DWHMS
Mechanical self-winding movement
Power reserve: 42 hours
Rotor: DeWitt design with “Côtes de Genève” pattern
Vibrations: 28,800 vph
Balance: 3-armed, made in Glucydur
Diameter: 25.60 mm
Jewelling: 21 jewels

Functions
Hours, minutes, central seconds

Case
Round case with DeWitt imperial columns on the sides
Material: 18-carat rose gold set with 60 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 1.8 cts)
Diameter: 40 mm
Total thickness: 9.6 mm
Crown: 18-carat rose gold, polished and brushed, “W” signature
Case back: Sapphire crystal
Distance between lugs: 20 mm
Water-resistance: 30 metres

Dial
Flower design hand-crafted using powdered diamond, pearl, platinum, gold, tiger’s eye, malachite, quartz and other gemstones

Hands
Hours and Minutes: 18-carat rose gold, open-worked hands in the form of double-edged swords
Central second: 18-carat rose gold, thin and elegant

Wristband
Shiny green alligator leather strap, 18-carat rose gold pin buckle, polished, engraved “W” signature

Golden Afternoon, Japanese Spring

Reference: GA.AU.007
Limited Edition: 10 Pieces

Movement
Calibre Reference DWT8AU
Mechanical self-winding movement
Power reserve: 42 hours
Vibrations: 28,800 vph
Balance: 3-armed, made in Glucydur
Escapement: 51° angle of lift
Jewelling: 21 jewels

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds

Case
Round case with DeWitt imperial columns on the sides
Material: 18-carat white gold set with 146 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 1.41 cts)
Diameter: 39 mm
Total thickness: 9.28 mm
Crown: 18-carat white gold, polished, adorned with a ruby cabochon
Case back: Engraved, safety screws
Water-resistance: 30 metres

Dial
Butterfly and flower design hand-crafted using powdered diamond, pearl, platinum, gold, lapis lazuli, agate and other gemstones.

Hands
Hours and Minutes: refined little sculptures in the shape of angel wings
Seconds: thin and elegant, topped with a small flame

Wristband
Shiny blue alligator leather strap, 18-carat white gold pin buckle, polished, engraved “W” signature

DeWitt Twenty-8-Eight Skeleton Tourbillon Set with Diamonds (T8.TH.022)

The Twenty-8-Eight Skeleton Tourbillon Set with Diamonds houses DeWitt calibre DW8028s, which uses age-old, recognized and highly reliable technical parameters in its construction: 18’000 A/h, a variable-inertia balance, a 44° angle escapement and 72 hours power reserve.

Entirely produced in-house, this manually wound Tourbillon is equipped with a Swiss anchor escapement and a spiral made out of an unbreakable, self-compensating, non-oxidizing, anti-magnetic alloy and sequenced at 2.5 Hz. The perfect homogeneity and incredibly precise flat rolling of the Hairspring (0.0001 mm) guarantee an extremely high precision to the mechanism.

The Twenty-8-Eight Skeleton Tourbillon does not intend to compete with the ultra-skinny and fragile skeletons where as much material as possible was taken out of the construction. The architecture of DeWitt’s skeleton remains deliberately strong and is therefore very well balanced with the design of the case which features 48 imperial columns.

The carved-out main plate, a sand-brushed nickel silver base set with 215 round diamonds, is an impressive labyrinth of curves, circles and straight lines. Meandering across the movement, the lucky observer will suddenly land on a stunning skeletonised “W” logo positioned at 9 o’clock. The play on depths, perspectives and layers is a typical feature of DeWitt designs and the Twenty-8-Eight Skeleton Tourbillon is no exception. The skeletonised “W” logo is actually duplicated on the lower part of the movement in order to offer these interesting volumes when admiring the movement from either side of the watch. But however robust the foundations, your eyes will inevitably be dragged deep into the movement and the captivating finesse of its ticking mechanics. You will marvel at the Tourbillon as it gracefully rotates on its axis, held in place by a long, slender and circular grained Art Déco bridge.

The barrel, positioned at 12 o’clock, is also skeletonised in order to reveal the interior of the motor. The shape given to the open-worked barrel was inspired by the design of vintage car steering wheels. As the barrel wheel gently turns with the unwinding of the spring, the stems of the upper part will glide over the stems of the lower part.

The Twenty-8-Eight Skeleton Tourbillon is housed in a 43 mm round case made in 18-carat white gold. Presenting particularly comfortable proportions with redesigned lugs and slightly more discrete imperial columns displayed on its flanks, it remains instantly recognizable and true to DeWitt’s strong DNA. Its balanced design offers the necessary combination of character and refinement for a successful wedding with the architectural lines of the skeleton movement.

Technical details
Model: TWENTY-8-EIGHT SKELETON TOURBILLON
Reference: T8.TH.022

Movement
Calibre DW8028s
Mechanical and skeletonized manually wound movement integrating a Tourbillon manufactured by DeWitt
Diameter: 33 mm
Functions: Hours, minutes
Power reserve: 72 hours
Vibrations: 18,000 Vph
Balance: Variable-inertia balance
Spiral: Spiral with Breguet curve sequenced at 2.5 Hz.
Escapement: 44° angle of lift
Jewelling: 19
Number of components: 185
Gem-setting: 215 round diamonds (approx. 0.78 ct)

Case
Round case, adorned with DeWitt imperial columns on the sides
Material: 18-carat white gold
Diameter: 43 mm
Total Thickness: 10,28 mm
Crown: 18-carat white gold, polished, ring in blackened titanium featuring the “W” signature
Case back: Sapphire crystal
Distance between lugs: 21 mm
Water-resistance: 30 metres

Dial
No dial
Hands: Hours and minutes : open-worked hands in the form of double-edged swords, black colour tone

Wristband
Wristband Black alligator leather
Buckle: 18-carat white gold pin buckle, polished, “W” signature

DeWitt Twenty-8-Eight Skeleton Tourbillon (Ref. T8.TH.024)

Swiss luxury watch manufacture DeWitt unveils the Twenty-8-Eight Skeleton Tourbillon timepiece crafted in precious white gold incorporating skeletonisation art crafts and most prestigious complication of traditional watch industry.

Offering breathtaking views of inner mechanisms to the onlooker, this high horology marvel beats to the rhythm of the DeWitt Calibre DW8028s, a micro mechanical workhorse that uses age-old, recognized and highly reliable technical parameters in its construction: 18’000 A/h, a variable-inertia balance, a 44° angle escapement and 72 hours power reserve.

Entirely produced in-house, this manually wound Tourbillon is equipped with a Swiss anchor escapement and a spiral made out of an unbreakable, self-compensating, non-oxidizing, anti-magnetic alloy and sequenced at 2.5 Hz. The perfect homogeneity and incredibly precise flat rolling of the Hairspring (0,0001 mm) guarantee an extremely high precision to the mechanism. The balance, as well as the escape wheel and the anchor are made of 18-carat yellow gold.

The Twenty-8-Eight Skeleton Tourbillon does not intend to compete with the ultra-skinny and fragile skeletons where as much material as possible was taken out of the construction. The architecture of DeWitt’s skeleton remains deliberately strong and is therefore very well balanced with the design of the case which features 48 imperial columns, a typical feature of practically all DeWitt masterpieces.

The carved-out main plate, a sand-brushed nickel silver base with blue PVD surface finishing. Meandering across the movement, the lucky observer will suddenly land on a stunning skeletonised “W” logo positioned at 9 o’clock. The play on depths, perspectives and layers is a typical feature of DeWitt designs and the Twenty-8-Eight Skeleton Tourbillon is no exception. The skeletonised “W” logo is actually duplicated on the lower part of the movement in order to offer these interesting volumes when admiring the movement from either side of the watch. The Tourbillon offers eye pleasing views as it gracefully rotates on its axis, held in place by a long, slender and circular grained Art Déco bridge.

The barrel, positioned at 12 o’clock, is also skeletonised in order to reveal the interior of the motor. The shape given to the open-worked barrel was inspired by the design of vintage car steering wheels. As the barrel wheel gently turns with the unwinding of the spring, the stems of the upper part will glide over the stems of the lower part.

The Twenty-8-Eight Skeleton Tourbillon is housed in a 43 mm round case made in 18-carat white gold. Presenting particularly comfortable proportions with redesigned lugs and slightly more discrete imperial columns displayed on its flanks, it remains instantly recognizable and true to DeWitt’s strong DNA. Its balanced design offers the necessary combination of character and refinement for a successful wedding with the architectural lines of the skeleton movement.

Technical details
Model: TWENTY-8-EIGHT SKELETON TOURBILLON
T8.TH.024

Movement
Calibre: DW8028s
Mechanical and skeletonized manually wound movement integrating a Tourbillon manufactured by DeWitt
Diameter: 33 mm
Functions: Hours, minutes
Power reserve: 72 hours
Vibrations: 18,000 Vph
Balance: Variable-inertia balance
Spiral: Spiral with Breguet curve sequenced at 2.5 Hz.
Escapement: 44° angle of lift
Jewelling: 19
Number of components: 185

Case
Round case, adorned with DeWitt imperial columns on the sides
Material: 18-carat white gold
Diameter: 43 mm
Total Thickness: 10,28 mm
Crown: 18-carat white gold, polished, ring in blackened titanium featuring the “W” signature
Case back: Sapphire crystal, secure with screws
Distance between lugs: 21 mm
Water-resistance: 30 metres

Dial
No Dial
Hands: open-worked hour and minutes hands in the form of double-edged swords, silver colour tone

Wristband
Black alligator strap

Dewitt ‘Academia Out of Time’ Unique Piece for Only Watch 2015

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.

Technical details
Model: ACADEMIA OUT OF TIME – UNIQUE PIECE FOR ONLY WATCH 2015
Reference: AC.OUT.01S

Movement
Calibre DW1201
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: 38
Number of components: 217

Functions
Hours, minutes, dead-beat second at 4 o’clock

Case
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

Dial
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

Hands
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

Wristband
Blue alligator

Triple folding clasp, polished 18-carat rose gold cover with “W” signature

Dewitt Academia Chronostream II

The DeWitt Manufacture presents the Academia Chronostream II, a timepiece of timeless elegance that takes its inspiration from the world of sport and its design is essentially intended to appeal to a male, dynamic and sport-oriented clientèle.

It houses a robust and reliable automatic calibre with a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and a48-hour power reserve. Its movement indicates the hours, minutes and seconds, and is equipped with a chronograph function activated by two buttons on the side of the case.

The subtle combination of 18-carat rose gold and black rubber on the sides of the 42.5 mm diameter case highlights this watch’s contemporary spirit. The imperial columns, a tribute to the historic heritage of the DeWitt family, are still present, but are displayed more discreetly than on previous Academia models.

The original Chronostream model was distinguished by its central applique, inspired by the instruments and radiator grills of vintage racing cars, while this new-generation version offers a very high degree of legibility and precision in terms of its displays.

Its sophisticated dial has surfaces that are alternately satin-finished, polished and decorated with “Clou de Paris” motifs, and is subtly enhanced by indexes in rose gold colour tone and circles that match the case. This once again demonstrates the Manufacture’s expertise in the artisan production of dials, totally assured by its workshops in Meyrin, Geneva.

The open-worked hours and minutes hands, crafted in18-carat rose gold, are in the form of double edged swords, while the seconds and chronograph hands are highlighted in a traditional blue tone. Finally, the new Academia Chronostream II watch complies in every respect with the high standard of finishing applied by the DeWitt Manufacture since its creation, with polished, satin-finished and bevelled surfaces. The two small “W” signatures on the crown and buckle are crafted out of rose gold. As for all DeWitt watch creations, the Academia Chronostream II is entirely assembled, set and inspected by a single master watchmaker.

Technical details
Model: Academia Chronostream II
Reference: AC.CHR.001

Movement
Reference DW6005
Mechanical self-winding movement
Diameter: 30.4 mm
Power reserve: 48 hours
Frequency: 28,800 vph
Balance: 3-armed, made in Glucydur
Balance spring: Flat
Escapement: Swiss lever (49° angle of lift)
Jewelling: 27 jewels

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph

Case
Round case with Dewitt imperial columns on sides
18-carat rose gold and black rubber
Diameter: 42.5 mm
Total thickness: 14.2 mm
Crown: 18-carat rose gold, “W” signature
Case back: DeWitt design
Distance between: lugs 21 mm
Water-resistance: 30 metres

Dial
Silvered, black centre with “Clou de Paris” decoration, silvered counters surrounded with a circle in rose gold colour tone

Hands
Central hours and minutes: 18-carat rose gold, open-worked hands in the shape of double-edged swords
Central second: flat, blue colour tone
Counters at 3 and 9 o’clock: flat, blue colour tone

Strap
Alligator
Triple folding clasp, polished 18-carat rose gold cover with “W” signature

Dewitt Academia Small Second

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.

Technical details
Model: Academia Small Second
Reference: AC.PTS.001

Movement
Calibre DW5051
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

Functions
Hours, minutes, small second at 4 o’clock

Case
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

Dial
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.

Hands
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

Strap
Alligator
Triple folding clasp, polished 18-carat rose gold cover with “W” signature

Dewitt Academia Out of Time

With its strong symbolism and innovative technical approach, the Academia Out of Time model forms a new addition to the DeWitt Manufacture’s series of emblematic watch creations.

The mastermind behind this patented invention, Jérôme de Witt, the founder of the Manufacture and creator of DeWitt watches, gives us a highly personal interpretation of time with a combination of a bold design and a grand watch complication.

Housed in a round 42.5 mm diameter case, the Academia Out of Time watch is driven by an automatic DeWitt calibre indicating the hours, minutes and seconds, and entirely developed, produced and assembled by hand by the master watchmakers at the Meyrin Manufacture in Geneva.

Robust and reliable with its 21,600 vibrations per hour and its 65-hour power reserve, the Out of Time version is equipped with 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 2 functions represent the opposition between real time, in the form of regulator function of the dead-beat seconds hand that momentarily halts at each second, and virtual time, freely following its wild and endless course. This unique watch structure is made up of the DW5051 standard manufactured calibre plus additional modules, with a total of 217 components, most of which are made in-house and assembled in DeWitt’s own workshops.

Creating an interplay of contrasting effects through the combination of traditional and innovative materials, the Academia Out of Time’s case is crafted in 18-carat rose gold and black rubber, with a subtle recreation of the famous imperial columns, the distinctive signature of DeWitt watch creations. The elegant design of the dials, available in three shades of lacquer (black, white or blue), showcases the two gold-encircled counters displaying the complications.

Like all DeWitt watch creations, it perfectly meets the very high standard of finishes endorsed by the Manufacture. We also find two small “W” signatures on the crown and on the buckle. Linked more closely than ever to the exclusive end of the market with the Academia Out of Time model, the DeWitt Manufacture combines unconventional watchmaking expertise with constantly renewed creativity to create this resolutely innovative timepiece.

Technical details

Movement
Calibre DW1201
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: 38 jewels
Number of components: 217

Functions
Hours, minutes, dead-beat second at 4 o’clock

Case
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 back, sapphire crystal with safety screws
Distance between lugs: 21 mm
Water-resistance: 30 metres

Dials

– Black lacquer with appliqué numerals and circles in rose gold colour tone (AC.OUT.001)
– White lacquer with appliqué figures and circles in rose gold colour tone (AC.OUT.002)
– Blue lacquer with appliqué numerals and circles in rose gold colour tone (AC.OUT.003)

Hands
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

Strap
Alligator
Triple folding clasp, polished 18-carat rose gold cover with “W” signature

 

Dewitt Academia Mathematical Concept Watch

DeWitt unveils an extraordinary technical innovation, an automatic watch with a prestigious watchmaking tradition behind it – in the form of a mysterious watch that has no hands. Entirely designed and hand-assembled within the Manufacture by master watchmakers, the Academia Mathematical watch, DeWitt’s 4th Concept Watch, is the fruit of months of research and development.

DeWitt’s mystery watch concept bears witness to the passionate interest in mathematics shown by its founder, Jérôme de Witt. Far removed from the conventions of traditional watchmaking, the numerals indicating the hours and minutes give the impression that they have been scattered, thrown into chaos so that in the end they can give the precise time.  There are no hands, but rather totally autonomous jumping numerals that come to life by lighting up in the centre of the watch to indicate the passage of time. It is thus that a grand watch complication, with its complex mechanisms and painstaking precision, places itself at the service of poetry.

Comprising  384  pieces,  the  Mathematical  movement  is based  on  the  new  DeWitt  Manufacture automatic calibre, most of the components of which  have been produced in-house, and all of which have been hand-assembled by  master watchmakers.

It operates at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour and features a screwed balance and a 48-hour power reserve. With its bridges decorated with both circular and bevelled Côtes de Genève patterns and its circular-grained main plate, all the movement’s finishes are hand-crafted. Fitted with a 42.5 mm round case in 18-carat rose gold, the Academia Mathematical watch is adorned, like all DeWitt watch creations, with the brand’s emblematic imperial columns.

Technical details
Model: Academia Mathematical
Reference: AC.MAT.001

Movement
Calibre DW0101
Mechanical self-winding movement manufactured by DeWitt
Diameter: 35.1 mm
Functions: Hours and minutes
Power reserve: 48 hours
Frequency: 21,600 vph
Balance: Variable intertia balance
Balance spring: Flat
Escapement: 44° angle of lift
Jewelling: 52 jewels
Number of components: 384

Case 
Round case with 24 Dewitt imperial columns on sides
Material: 18-carat rose gold and black rubber
Diameter: 42.5 mm
Total thickness: 11.90 mm
Crown: 18-carat rose gold, polished, ring in blackened titanium, “W” signature
Case back Open back, sapphire crystal with safety screws
Distance between lugs: 23 mm
Water-resistance: 30 metres

Strap
Black alligator
Triple folding clasp, polished 18-carat rose gold cover with “W” signature

DeWitt Princess Marie-Clotilde

Count Jérôme de Witt, the founder of the Manufacture DeWitt, unveils Princess Marie-Clotilde, a masterpiece of both the watchmaker’s and the jeweller’s art, with the intention of paying tribute to his mother, HI&RH Princess Marie-Clotilde Napoléon.

The gem-setting technique used in this piece is ground-breaking, seeming to leave the diamonds in suspension, free of all ties of material and form. The observer’s gaze is relentlessly drawn down into the depths of a translucent block and captivated by its surprising transparency.

This High Jewellery timepiece is adorned with a total of 405 baguette-cut diamonds (totalling about 13 carats). The emblematic imperial columns that decorate the majority of DeWitt watches have been delicately reworked to enhance the timepiece’s unique, ethereal setting.

With its 36-mm diameter, the Marie-Clotilde watch beats to the rhythm of a mechanical self-winding movement, equipped with a 42-hour power reserve. The open-worked hours hand is delicately sculpted in the shape of a heart, while the open-worked seconds hand is in the form of a double-edged sword, a common feature of DeWitt timepieces. The crown and buckle, each crafted in 18-carat white gold, polished and delicately engraved with the brand’s distinctive ‘W’ signature, give an additional elegant touch to the watch’s finishes, enhanced by a deep red alligator wristband.

By placing technical expertise at the service of beauty and the highest quality, the DeWitt Manufacture has here produced an authentic watchmaking work of art, creative in both its design and in the structure around which it is built.

Technical details
Model: PRINCESSE MARIE-CLOTILDE
Reference: PMC.HJ.001

Movement
Calibre DW0403, Mechanical self-winding movement
Diameter: 26.2 mm
Functions: Hours, minutes
Power reserve: 42 hours
Frequency: 28,800 vph
Jewelling: 21 jewels
Number of components: 154

Case
Round case with DeWitt imperial columns on sides
Material: 18-carat white gold
207 baguette-cut diamonds (approx. 6.1 cts)
Diameter: 36 mm
Total thickness: 11.3 mm
Crown: 18-carat white gold set with round diamonds, “W” signature
Case back: DeWitt design
Water-resistance: 30 metres
Distance between lugs: 16.9 mm

Dial
Set with 198 baguette-cut diamonds (approx. 6.8 cts)

Hands
Hours: black colour tone, open-worked hand in the shape of a heart
Minutes: black colour tone, open-worked hand in the shape of a double-edged sword

Wristband
Red alligator strap
Pin buckle, 18-carat white gold set with round diamonds, cover with “W” signature

DeWitt Twenty-8-Eight Tourbillon Prestige (New Versions- T8.TP.002 & T8.TP.003)

DeWitt unveils two new versions of the Twenty-8-Eight Tourbillon Prestige, a limited edition timepiece entirely conceived and assembled at the DeWitt Manufacture by its own master watchmakers. The new versions available are T8.TP.002 (White lacquer dial) and T8.TP.003 (Green lacquer dial).

The Twenty-8-Eight Tourbillon Prestige houses the calibre DW 8015, developed from the DW 8014 movement that was first presented in 2010. This automatic Tourbillon introduces a patented and extremely ingenious Automatic Sequential Winding (A.S.W) device, driven by a peripheral oscillating rotor.

The A.S.W. device distributes a constant flow of energy to the main gear-train thanks to the sequenced winding of the barrel. Such a technical prowess makes it possible to obtain an ideal functioning range through the use of a single, manual-type barrel. Moreover, it avoids all the running defects observed when slip-springs are used on conventional automatic calibres.

The peripheral oscillating rotor is attached to a ring with a sinusoidal profile on its inner edge. This particular shape will, in turn, activate the patented A.S.W system which enables the movement to always operate in an ideal functioning range, between 92 and 96% of the main-spring torque. The escapement is therefore guaranteed to always receive a constant and stable flow of energy thanks to this sequenced winding.

Indeed, two little arms, rocking up and down thanksto the rotation of the sinusoidal ring, ensure the winding of the barrel until it reaches 96% of the movement’s full winding. At that moment, a lever disengages the pawl from winding the barrel and forces it to continue its movement in the air, without hooking on to the wheel. The movement then runs on its accumulated reserves of energy, until it reaches 92% of the power reserve, and the pawl then hooks back on to resume winding the barrel. Such a technical prowess makes it possible to obtain an ideal functioning range through the use of a single, manual-type barrel. Moreover, it avoids all the running defects observed when slip-springs are used on conventional automatic calibres.

The method of displaying the dead-beat seconds hand in the centre of the dial makes for easier reading of the time. In direct contact with the Tourbillon cage, the ticking dead-beat seconds hand marks a pause for each second counted, which beautifully outlines the precision level achieved by the oscillating balance.

Built out of some 334 components, the calibre DW 8015 is the perfect illustration of the inventive audacity of DeWitt’s master watchmakers. It combines the horological classicism of the tourbillon with the technological innovation of the A.S.W. (Automatic Sequential Winding) device. Moreover, the heart of the balance beats to the rhythm of a Straumann Hairspring® with Phillips curve. Developed from seven different elements, the alloy used is unbreakable, self-compensating, non-oxidizing and anti-magnetic. The perfect homogeneity of the hairspring and its incredibly precise flat rolling of 0.0001 mm, or 0.1 of a thousandth of a millimetre, give it its extremely high precision, thus guaranteeing the high performance of the mechanism. The construction of the movement and of the dial take their inspiration from the world of architecture, using solid geometrical forms inspired by industrial metallic structures.

Thanks to an open-worked mainplate, the carriage of the Tourbillon is thus suspended in the air, producing an effect of transparency and of plunging into the very heart of the movement. The gear-train is unveiled through a dial featuring a grid insert. This robust, masculine aesthetic is reinforced by a series of screws. The power reserve is of 72 hours and is indicated at 9 o’clock by a hand that covers a 180 degree segment.

Its 46 mm case in 18-carat rose gold, adorned with the famous DeWitt imperial columns, matches the applique “W” signature in 18-carat rose gold at 12 o’clock, the hands and the gear-train of the movement.

On the back of the case the two re-designed rear bridges mark out a strong contrast with their black PVD-treated surfaces. Like all great DeWitt complications, the Twenty-8-Eight Tourbillon Prestige watch bears the signature of the watchmaker who assembled the timepiece, this time directly inscribed on the movement’s rear bridge. The DW 8015 movement also fully complies with the very demanding finishing norms established by the DeWitt Manufacture: Circular Côtes de Genève, satin-brushed surfaces, circular graining, polishing and bevelling.

Technical details
Model: TWENTY-8-EIGHT TOURBILLON PRESTIGE

Movement
DW8015, Mechanical movement with Tourbillon and patented Automatic Sequential Winding (A.S.W.) device, driven by a peripheral oscillating rotor
Tourbillon carriage suspended in the left
Dead-beat second is directly connected to the Tourbillon carriage
Signature of the watchmaker on the back bridge of the movement
Diameter: 37 mm
Power reserve: 72 hours
Vibrations: 18,000 vph
Balance: Variable-inertia (Glucydur) balance
Spiral: DeWitt Straumann Hairspring® with Phillips curve sequenced at 2.5 Hz.
Escapement: 44° angle of lift
Jewels: 36
Number of components: 334

Functions
Tourbillon, hours, minutes, dead-beat seconds, power reserve

Case
Round case with DeWitt imperial columns on the sides
Material: 18-carat rose gold
Diameter: 46 mm
Total thickness: 12.10 mm
Crown: 18-carat rose gold polished crown adorned with a ring made in blackened titanium featuring the “W” signature
Case back: Sapphire crystal, secured with screws
Distance between lugs: 23 mm

Versions
T8.TP.002
White lacquer dial with rhodium-plated railings
Open-work on the Tourbillon carriage at 6 o’clock and on the power reserve at 9 o’clock
Railroad indicating the minutes
18-carat rose gold applique with the “W” logo at 12 o’clock
Open-worked Hours and minutes hands in the shape of double- edged swords

T8.TP.003
Green lacquer dial with rhodium-plated railings
Open-work on the Tourbillon carriage at 6 o’clock and on the power reserve at 9 o’clock
Railroad indicating the minutes
18-carat rose gold applique with the “W” logo at 12 o’clock
Open-worked Hours and minutes hands in the shape of double- edged swords

Dewitt Twenty-8-Eight Double Time GMT2 Poetic

Combining watchmaking complications, aesthetics and poetry, TWENTY-8-EIGHT Double Time GMT2 Poetic accurately reflects the spirit of DeWitt. The iconic collection is offering one of the more original takes on the GMT complication, with a new very poetic way to display the time.

It is equipped with a self-winding mechanical movement with a power reserve of 42 hours, and with three complications: date, GMT, and day/night indicator for the second time zone. Its contemporary 43mm-diameter round titanium case sculpted with the 24 traditional DeWitt imperial columns plays on the contrast with the extreme refinement of the dial.

Created in-house by the Maison’s dial makers, its rosette pattern gives structure to various decorations: sunray brushing, beige mother of pearl half-moons, and Arabic and Roman numerals in pink gold appliques, like a garden shaped by the hand of man. In the upper part, the eye is inexorably drawn to the circular aperture at 12 o’clock, where the sun’s rays emerge at dawn and fade at dusk. The second time zone on the other hand is represented by a small hollow sword-shaped red hand.

The TWENTY-8-EIGHT Double Fuseau GMT2 Poetic watch also perfectly meets the highest standards of finish adopted since its creation by the DeWitt Manufacture: satin-finished, bevelled and polished surfaces. The high quality of finishes also applies to the rotor with the personalised “Côtes de Genève”. The crown also sports an engraved “W”.

With its unique aesthetic signature mixing poetry and high-end watchmaking, a truly original function display, and the combination of special materials, the new TWENTY-8-EIGHT relinquishes a gentle harmony from within its dynamic construction.

Technical details
Model: Twenty-8-Eight Double Time GMT2 Poetic

Movement
Calibre DW2002 Mechanical self-winding movement
Diameter: 26.60 mm
Power reserve: 42 hours
Vibrations: 28,800 vph
Rotor: Dewitt design with « Côtes de Genève » pattern
Spiral: Flat
Escapement: 51° angle of lift
Jewels: 21

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date, dual time zone, night/day indicator

Case
Round case with DeWitt imperial columns on the sides
Material: Titanium
Diameter: 43 mm
Total thickness: 12.25 mm
Crown: Titanium, polished, ring in blackened titanium, “W” signature
Case back: Design DeWitt, safety screws
Distance between lugs: 21 mm
Water-resistance: 30 metres

TWENTY-8-EIGHT DOUBLE FUSEAU GMT2 POETIC (T8.POE.003)
Dial
Black dial with sunray pattern. Red rosette motif set with rose gold colour tone beading and adorned with 4 half-moons in white mother of pearl. Arabic and Roman numerals appliques in rose gold colour tone. Day and Night indicator in an aperture at 12 o’clock. Date in an aperture at 6 o’clock.

Hands
Hours and minutes: open-worked hands in the form of double-edged swords, rose gold colour tone
Seconds: thin and elegant, rose gold colour tone
Second time zone: open-worked hands in the form of double-edged swords, red colour tone

Wristband
Black alligator
Titanium pin buckle, engraved “W” signature

TWENTY-8-EIGHT DOUBLE FUSEAU GMT2 POETIC (T8.POE.002)
Dial
Grey dial with sunray pattern. Grey rosette motif set with rose gold colour tone beading and adorned with 4 half-moons in white mother of pearl. Arabic and Roman numerals appliques in rose gold colour tone. Day and Night indicator in an aperture at 12 o’clock. Date in an aperture at 6 o’clock.

Hands
Hours and minutes: open-worked hands in the form of double-edged swords, rose gold colour tone
Seconds: thin and elegant, rose gold colour tone
Second time zone: open-worked hands in the form of double-edged swords, red colour tone

Wristband
Grey alligator
Titanium pin buckle, engraved “W” signature

Dewitt Academia Grand Tourbillon New Models – Rose Gold Case, Green or Blue Lacquer Dial with Silvered Grid and Circles

Swiss luxury watch brand DeWitt is unveiling its latest technical innovation, the Academia Grand Tourbillon watch, a limited edition of 99 pieces, entirely conceived and assembled at the DeWitt Manufacture by its own master watchmakers.

This new Academia creation houses the calibre DW 8030, developed from the DW 8028 movement, the Manufacture’s first 100% in-house manually-wound tourbillon movement, first presented in 2010.

Built out of 327 component parts, this calibre is structured along traditional lines and incorporates numerous tried and tested technical features: 18,000 vph, a 65-hour power reserve, a Swiss lever escapement and a Straumann balance-spring with Phillips curve sequenced at 2.5 Hz.

For its part, the time display in the form of a jumping hour and minute indication reflects DeWitt’s unique creativity and ground-breaking approach, far removed from the codes of conventional watchmaking. For the setting of the hours, a rack mechanism is activated to give added mobility to then watch’s dial. As each minute passes, a slip-spring moves into place, drawing the observer’s eyes once again to the depths of this sophisticated mechanism.

The dial is made up of a silvered grid linked to the watch’s movement that recalls the inner workings of industrial machinery at the beginning of the 20th century. The date is displayed in a rose gold colour tone in a window at 3 o’clock and is adjustable by a corrector situated on the side of the case. Equipped with a circular 46 mm rose gold case adorned with the famous imperial columns, the Academia Grand Tourbillon watch is one of DeWitt’s most emblematic timepieces.

On the reverse side of the watch the sapphire case back reveals a day and night indicator, which takes on a blue colour tone to indicate night-time and a white colour tone to indicate day-time hours.

Like every DeWitt tourbillon, the Academia Grand Tourbillon watch bears the signature of the watchmaker who assembled the timepiece, inscribed on the decorative silvered grid located on the back of the movement. In order to ensure perfect quality, DeWitt makes it a point of honour that each grand complication movement should be assembled, set and tested by the same master watchmaker.

Last but not least, the Academia Grand Tourbillon watch fully complies with the extremely demanding finishing norms established by the DeWitt Manufacture. Crafted exclusively by hand, this model features finishes of rare quality that can be observed by looking at its sapphire case back. The barrel bridge is sandblasted with a “Black Gold” treatment, the balance has a rose gold colour tone and the carriage bar is satin-finished and rhodium-plated.

The crown and the buckle are each crafted in 18-carat rose gold and adorned with the brand’s “W” signature initial. With its flawless movement and powerful allure, the Adademia Grand Tourbillon watch combines the very best of traditional craftsmanship with the technical and aesthetic innovation that is characteristic of all watch designs by Jérôme de Witt.

Technical details
Model: Academia Grand Tourbillon

Movement
Calibre DW8030
Mechanical manually-wound movement incorporating a DeWitt Manufacture tourbillon
Diameter: 37 mm
Power reserve: 65 hours
Frequency: 18,000 vph
Balance: Variable-inertia balance
Balance spring: Spiral Straumann® with Phillips curve sequenced at 2.5 Hz.
Escapement: 44° angle of lift
Jewelling: 32 jewels
Number of components: 327

Functions
Jumping hours at 9 o’clock, jumping minutes at 12 hours, disc date with corrector at 8 o’clock, day/night display

Case
Round case with 24 Dewitt imperial columns on sides
Material: 18-carat rose gold
Diameter: 46 mm
Total thickness: 11.90 mm
Crown: 18-carat rose gold, polished, ring in blackened titanium, “W” signature
Case back: Open back, sapphire crystal with safety screws
Distance between lugs: 23 mm
Water-resistance: 30 metres

Dials
AC.GT.002
Green lacquer with silvered grid and circles, minute counter with black rail track, hour counter with Roman numerals and indices in rose gold colour tone, date display in rose gold colour tone
Hands: Hours and minutes: open-work hands in the form of double-edged swords
Limited Edition: 99 Pieces

AC.GT.003
Blue lacquer with silvered grid and circles, minute counter with black railtrack, hour counter with Roman numerals and indices in rose gold colour tone, date display in rose gold colour tone
Hands: Hours and minutes: open-work hands in the form of double-edged swords
Limited Edition: 99 Pieces

Wristband
Black alligator
Triple folding clasp, polished 18-carat rose gold cover with “W” signature

Dewitt Academia Grand Tourbillon Limited Edition, Reference: AC.GT.001

Geneva based Swiss luxury watch manufacture DeWitt unveils the Academia Grand Tourbillon watch, a limited edition of 99 pieces, entirely conceived and assembled at the DeWitt Manufacture by its own master watchmakers.

This new Academia creation houses the calibre DW 8030, developed from the DW 8028 movement, the Manufacture’s first 100% in-house manually-wound tourbillon movement, first presented in 2010. Built out of 327 component parts, this calibre is structured along traditional lines and incorporates numerous tried and tested technical features: 18,000 vph, a 65-hour power reserve, a Swiss lever escapement and a Straumann balance-spring with Phillips curve sequenced at 2.5 Hz.

For its part, the time display in the form of a jumping hour and minute indication reflects DeWitt’s unique creativity and ground-breaking approach, far removed from the codes of conventional watchmaking. For the setting of the hours, a rack mechanism is activated to give added mobility to the watch’s dial. As each minute passes, a slip-spring moves into place, drawing the observer’s eyes once again to the depths of this sophisticated mechanism.

The dial is made up of a silvered grid linked to the watch’s movement that recalls the inner workings of industrial machinery at the beginning of the 20th century. The date is displayed in a rose gold colour tone in a window at 3 o’clock and is adjustable by a corrector situated on the side of the case.

Dressed in a circular 46 mm rose gold case and adorned with the famous imperial columns, the Academia Grand Tourbillon watch is one of DeWitt’s most emblematic timepieces.

On the reverse side of the watch the sapphire case back reveals a day and night indicator, which takes on a blue colour tone to indicate night-time and a white colour tone to indicate day-time hours.

Like every DeWitt tourbillon, the Academia Grand Tourbillon watch bears the signature of the watchmaker who assembled the timepiece, inscribed on the decorative silvered grid located on the back of the movement. In order to ensure perfect quality, DeWitt makes it a point of honour that each grand complication movement should be assembled, set and tested by the same master watchmaker.

The Academia Grand Tourbillon watch fully complies with the extremely demanding finishing norms established by the DeWitt Manufacture. Crafted exclusively by hand, this model features finishes of rare quality that can be observed by looking at its sapphire case back. The barrel bridge is sandblasted with a “Black Gold” treatment, the balance has a rose gold colour tone and the carriage bar is satin-finished and rhodium-plated. The crown and the buckle are each crafted in 18-carat rose gold and adorned with the brand’s “W” signature initial. With its flawless movement and powerful allure, the Adademia Grand Tourbillon watch combines the very best of traditional craftsmanship with the technical and aesthetic innovation that is characteristic of all watch designs by Jérôme de Witt.

Technical details
Model: ACADEMIA GRAND TOURBILLON
Reference: AC.GT.001

Movement
Calibre DW8030
Mechanical manually-wound movement incorporating a DeWitt Manufacture tourbillon
Diameter: 37 mm
Power reserve: 65 hours
Frequency: 18,000 vph
Balance: Variable-inertia balance
Balance spring: Spiral Straumann® with Phillips curve sequenced at 2.5 Hz.
Escapement: 44° angle of lift
Jewelling: 32 jewels
Number of components: 327

Functions
Jumping hours at 9 o’clock, jumping minutes at 12 hours, disc date with corrector at 8 o’clock, day/night display

Case
Round case with 24 Dewitt imperial columns on sides
Material: 18-carat rose gold
Diameter: 46 mm
Total thickness: 11.90 mm
Crown: 18-carat rose gold, polished, ring in blackened titanium, “W” signature
Case back: Open back, sapphire crystal with safety screws
Distance between lugs: 23 mm
Water-resistance: 30 metres

Dial
Anthracite grey dial with silvered grid and circles, minute counter with black railtrack, hour counter with Roman numerals and indices in rose gold colour tone, date display in rose gold colour tone
Hands – Hours and minutes: open-work hands in the form of double-edged swords

Wristband
Black alligator strap
Buckle Triple folding clasp, polished 18-carat rose gold cover with “W” signature

Edition
Limited Edition: 99 Pieces

DEWITT Glorious Knight HMS & Glorious Knight Chronograph with Napoléon’s DNA

A historic sale of the private collection of HRH Prince Louis II of Monaco, the great grandfather of HRH Prince Albert of Monaco, was held in Fontainebleau on 16th November this year.

The items presented for auction had all been owned by the Emperor Napoleon I, whose direct descendants include Jérôme de Witt, founder of the DeWitt watch company in Geneva.

At the sale, Viviane de Witt, CEO of the DeWitt company, acquired two lots containing strands of the Emperor’s hair, with the intention of enclosing them in DeWitt watches so that admirers of the Emperor can carry his DNA on their wrists.

Glorious Knight Chronograph with Napoléon’s DNA

The hairs were certified on 25 November at the Meyrin Geneva Manufacture by the President of the Judicial Officers of Geneva, Maître Gérard Reymond. Half a millimetre of hair has been ‘attached’ to an effigy of the Emperor under the glass of the watch face, covered in a special varnish and sealed in a furnace.

Glorious Knight HMS with Napoléon’s DNA

In total the brand plans to produce around 400 watches from its two steel collections Glorious Knight and Academia Steel, with prices starting at 10,700 Swiss francs (including VAT). The timepieces are already available at the Meyrin Geneva Manufacture.