Back a few years ago when the money flowed like wine – the luxury watch world was known to take generous, deep sips from the pool. It was a gold age of new ideas, brands and designs. A promising brand that might not reach the next decade is DeWitt. I’ve always liked the majority of their designs, and found their philosophy intriguing. This is one of their coolest models in my opinion. A neat looking perpetual calendar watch with a GMT hand. Sure, it is an expensive watch, but it is a relic from an era – communicating the exuberance of an era, which hearkening back to the roaring 20s with its art deco look.
The 43mm case came in two variants (matched to a black or white textured dial). The cases either had white or rose gold, mixed with black ceramic and polished titanium. I’ve checked out these pieces before, and they are nicely made with really bold designs. I love the quasi-checkered bezels iconic to the brand.
The five symmetrical subdials are beautifully arranged with straight forward functions all for the perpetual calendar. These include dials for the date, month, day of the week, leap year indicator, and synchronized 24 hour hand (acts like an AM/PM indicator). You then have the unique looking moon phase indicator. The plate over the moon phase disc is made out of silicium and has a copy of an actual galaxy applied to it. This lush blue always looked so nice using mother of pearl (that has been cut in half) as the moon pieces. The moon phase indicator is set against a segment of the dial that has a “starry” backdrop. This is done with goldfluss – and looks quite cool.
Inside the watch is actually and automatic movement. Aside from the perpetual calendar functions and the time, the watch has an easy to read GMT hand in red. You don’t see too many watches with these features that really highlight the GMT complication. The movement is the DeWitt DW7021. Few will argue that the watch is pretty. Can you see yourself wearing a piece like this? Hard to say. I could probably pull it out off, but people might think me the ambassador from the planet luxicon. Price for the DeWitt Academia Quantieme Perpetual Nebula GMT watch was close to $100,000 when it was introduced a few years ago. One is available here on James List, and if you are interested I highly recommend working to negotiate a good price of 30-40% off.
The DeWitt Academia Out Of Time comes just in 18k rose gold (for the time being) in a 42.5mm wide case. That really makes it among those smaller DeWitt watches on the market (for men). The case is 12.85mm thick, and there’s black rubberized inlaid into the face of the situation to further highlight the “DeWitt imperial column” motif that is there. Or you might view the side of this situation as appearing like a row of angular (gold) robot teeth. Unusual or not, I enjoy details like this in addition to the detailing and various completing the lugs.For all of its superb strangeness, you have got to appreciate watches such as the DeWitt Academia Out Of Time for the sheer effort to be different. More so, I find that DeWitt watches are always so comfortably different, in that they are not hoping to merely adapt existing aesthetic genres however that they are really just doing anything they want from a design standpoint. That’s assurance, and also the type of confidence I wish to see in a new whose motto is offering exclusive goods to exclusive people. At least using a DeWitt in your wrist, you don’t have to feign personal originality.Price for the DeWitt Academia Out Of Time reference AC.OUT.001 watch is63,700. DeWitt is a Swiss watch manufacturer. In 2003, Jérôme de Witt established the DeWitt brand with focus on complex timepieces.The Academia collection from Manufacture DeWitt has been distinguished by its clever melding of classically elegant design elements with contemporary, sporty ones. The most recent example can be seen in this week’s Watch to See, the DeWitt Academia Chronostream II.The DeWitt Academia Chronostream II represents the next generation of the original Chronostream version, which comprised in the center of its dialup, involving two chronograph subdials, an appliqué pattern motivated from the radiator grilles of vintage racing cars (a hobby of new founder — and descendant of Napoleon Bonaparte — Jerôme De Witt).