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On precisely the exact same note, it’s intriguing that DeWitt probably spent the least amount of effort on the facet of the watch that tells the time. Unlike traditional watches which use palms, the WX-1 includes three two rotating discs. Line them up using the small arrow near the top of the dialup, and also you’ve got the time. First look tells me that the discs are some manner of compass or instrument overly complicated for the cognition. Closer inspection however reveals numbers commonly found on a watch face, this must be where I educate the moment, and it’s. This is not DeWitt trying to confuse anyone, but rather to make sure the effect of the watch isn’t last. The eyesight of a grand complications, whose read from information was beautifully conceived as the body which holds it.Smooth pushing the WX-1 situation back together I realize that all over the watch are all what seem to be sapphire crystals, exceptionally difficult to fabricate in these shapes. I am completely impressed by this opinion, and enjoy in seeing it in the hands of others. What’s to say about the Plan? I submitted to the simple fact that to each their own. I enjoy it its appearances ( even though the WX-1 does not seem to care what I believe), I see it as Jules Verne-esque. Like an Victorian era spaceship. Vianney Halter has successfully created his entire brand of high-end watches around the steampunk aesthetic, and also the concept is masterful. The WX-1 matches these labels, and it emulates nothing especially. The in depth rivets around the instances are meant to signify the labor put into the opinion.
Recently, while in Geneva, Switzerland, I had the opportunity to visit “manufacture DeWitt,” an impressive and resolutely niche high-end watch maker who produces almost everything themselves and is owned by Mr. Jerome DeWitt – whose family tree includes Napoleon Bonaparte. Jerome himself is a humble man whose main passions in life include mechanical things. One of the most impressive parts of the manufacture is his own personal collection of ancient machines (his “mechanical museum,” if you will). Jerome has the soul of an artist who is deeply interested in mechanics and the visual celebration thereof. It is actually his wife – who is currently in a directorial role at the company – that brought DeWitt back from some of its financial issues. Together, the dynamic DeWitt duo has strengthened the brand to make it the company of today that I really admire – a unique brand, whose timepieces all have something interesting to say (regardless of whether or not you like that statement).
As boutique as the brand is (well they aren’t that boutique, given the size of the place) an impressive number of new timepieces and movements are being produced at DeWitt on a regular basis. A great example of their technical and visual strength is a timepiece collection such as this DeWitt Academia Grand Tourbillon watch, which is new for 2015. It combines a skeletonized in-house-made tourbillon movement, a regulator style display, as well as jumping indicators for the hours and minutes. If that doesn’t make sense to you, then I’ve included a short video I posted of the DeWitt Academia Grand Tourbillon watch that demonstrates how the hands move in “jumping steps” versus in a sweeping motion as on most other watches.
What makes this jumping hours and minutes system so relevant on a regulator-style display (where the hours, minutes, and seconds are each indicated on their own separate dial) is that, historically, these types of layouts were used on the most precise clocks (which were called regulator clocks). The name is based on the fact that the clocks were used to “regulate” the time of other clocks. Many of these had “dead seconds” hands which ticked versus sweeping for a more precise ability to read the time. While I don’t know if this is a novel concept (I sort of doubt that it entirely is) DeWitt has adopted the ticking concept of a dead seconds hand to the hours and minute hands. I find the concept interesting both technically and emotionally as the concept very much fits into the notion of idealized mechanical indication of the time.
In the gallery at the end of the article, you’ll find a few images from DeWitt as well as additional images I took of the DeWitt Academia Grand Tourbillon. I included those images to illustrate how there is a bit of a fashionable element to the collection, as well as that the 18k rose gold cases with their “imperial column” sides have dials accented in black, blue, and, remarkably, also green. The latter is an interesting option for sure. Like many other DeWitt watches, the DeWitt Academia Grand Tourbillon wears prodigiously at 46mm wide, but only 11.90mm thick. The new motto of the brand is “Heirs of Napoleon,” which should be an indicator to you that nothing about what DeWitt is trying to do attempts to be “discreet.” Which, for some people (or moods), is an excellent thing.
Looking at the Dewitt Academia Grand Tourbillon makes me think of something about how people judge watch design to day. I love how, from time to time, the luxury watch industry somehow inexplicably feels the need to apologize for producing ostentatious products. There is such a big push for “under the radar” and “stealth wealth” that each time certain types of watch collectors see something with a wild design they freak out. These people need to chill and recall that, like traditional art, timepieces are artistic as well. They also serve a double purpose to express both taste and status. You might not like the design of a watch but there is no need to yell from the hilltops that brands are wrong to attempt original or fresh designs. Luxury watches are about showing off (something), and whether or not you agree with what that thing is let’s not delude ourselves that many high-end timepieces are meant to have a place on someone’s wrist who feels as though they have afforded themselves the right to “say” something to to the world.
In fact, that is one of the major things I like about companies like DeWitt – they don’t produce the same old types of interchangeable horological items that could come from any number of brands. These are distinct works of art with a serious level of mechanical thought and effort put into them. An interesting detail is the signature on the back of each of DeWitt’s most complicated timepieces such as the DeWitt Academia Grand Tourbillon. A single watchmaker assembles each of the watches, and their signature is engraved on the back of the watch. It was interesting to view several different DeWitt timepieces and see various names engraved in cursive font on the backs of the movements – a classy touch, if you ask me.
Speaking of the movement, let’s talk about the in-house made DeWitt caliber DW 8030 that sits so nicely exposed inside of the DeWitt Academia Grand Tourbillon case. In many ways, the movement is extremely traditional despite the modern look of the case and the dial design. Composed of 327 parts, the DW 8030 movement builds on 2010’s caliber DW 8028 which was DeWitt’s first totally in-house tourbillon movement. The basic architecture is the same, but the regulator-style time display and a unique bridge design has been included in the DW 8030.
The movement is manually wound and has a power reserve of 65 hours operating at a modest 2.5Hz (18,000 bph). This slower frequency is sometimes desired for tourbillons, as it allows for a greater visual appreciation of the oscillating balance wheel. The free-spring balance wheel is further fitted with a Spiral Straumann balance spring that has a Philips curve. In addition to the time, the movement also offers a date indicator disc whose window is at 3 o’clock on the dial.
On the wrist, the DeWitt Academia Grand Tourbillon wears largely but isn’t uncomfortable, given the fact that the case is not too thick. The jutting lugs will, however, make it difficult for some people to wear this case style and not feel as though it is too large. Over the years, I’ve further come to very much appreciate the distinct look of DeWitt bezels that remind me of crenelation on castles. There is a sort of opulence to the style when it is rendered in gold. DeWitt often does a good job of producing a watch that goes with a landed aristocracy sort of lifestyle – its really what I want to see on the wrists of an eccentric old world family with generations of wealth.
Legibility may not be the DeWitt Academia Grand Tourbillon’s strong suit, but it isn’t that difficult to read. Seconds can be “inferred” from the spinning tourbillon, while the separated hour and minute hands have pluses and minuses to legibility. On the plus side, because of their jumping nature, they should point right to their respective markers. This is particularly useful for the small hours dial. Having said that, neither the minute nor hour dial is remarkably easy to read, which is especially the case with the minute indicator dial. DeWitt puts all that time and effort into a jumping minute hand… but doesn’t create a dial with clear minute indicators that allow the wearer to appreciate the precision of this functionality.
In a nutshell, and based upon my above statement, I feel that separately, the case design with dial and the DW 8030 movement are interesting and laudable creations. When put together, they make for a lovely design, but I still don’t feel that the dial design of the DeWitt Academia Grand Tourbillon is able to fully demonstrate the technical and legible intelligence of the jumping hour and minute hands. It would actually be easy for DeWitt to come out with a “purer” version of the watch that remedies this.
The DeWitt Academia Grand Tourbillon watches are also all limited editions. The various models such as the AC.GT.001, AC.GT.002, and AC.GT.003 are all limited to 99 pieces each with a price of $312,000 USD. dewitt.ch
DeWitt is a very niche Swiss brand that likes to remind you that owner Jerome DeWitt is a descendent of Napoleon Bonaparte. While that is kind of cool for him, the brand mostly gets our attention with technical horology and unexpected designs. The avant-garde Academia collection with its rare complications is the brand’s signature, and the new DeWitt Academia Skeleton is the latest addition. While the name of the watch would seem to suggest that the skeletonization is the main show, it is the “bi-retrograde” seconds hand that stands out the most.
That actually makes it among those smaller DeWitt watches out there (for guys). The circumstance is 12.85mm thick, and there is black rubber inlaid into the side of the situation to further emphasize the “DeWitt imperial column” motif that’s there. Or you could view the side of this case as appearing like a row of angular (golden) robot teeth. Weird or not, I like details like that in addition to the detailing and various completing the lugs.For all of its wonderful strangeness, you’ve got to love watches such as the DeWitt Academia Out Of Time for the utter effort to be successfully distinct. More so, I discover that DeWitt watches are so effortlessly distinct, so they are not trying to merely adapt existing aesthetic genres however that they are really just doing anything they need from a design perspective. That is confidence, and the type of confidence I wish to see in a brand whose motto is offering exclusive goods to exclusive people. At least with a DeWitt in your wrist, you do not need to feign personal originality.Price for the DeWitt Academia Out Of Time benchmark AC.OUT.001 watch is63,700. DeWitt is a Swiss watch brand. Back in 2003, Jérôme de Witt launched the DeWitt brand with attention on complicated timepieces.The Academia collection from Manufacture DeWitt has been distinguished by its own clever melding of classically elegant design elements with modern, sporty ones. The latest example can be found in this week’s Watch to Watch, the DeWitt Academia Chronostream II.The DeWitt Academia Chronostream II represents the next generation of the original Chronostream model, which incorporated in the middle of its dial, between two chronograph subdials, an appliqué pattern motivated by the radiator grilles of vintage racing cars (a hobby of new founder — and descendant of Napoleon Bonaparte — Jerôme De Witt).
Note the giant semi-dial at 7 o’clock, with an inner 0-30 scale and outer 30-60 scale. It could have been a regular retrograde seconds hand that jumps back to the beginning – but no, we’ve seen that before. So, upon reaching the end of the lower scale at 30, the seconds hand juts forward to extend to the upper scale and begins its sweep slowly back in the opposite direction. At 60, of course, it retracts back to zero. The video will help you understand better than my description.
Note @ 7:00 the “bi-retrograde” seconds hand on the DeWitt Academia Skeleton watch that sweeps both ways like a windshield wiper, jumping between the upper and lower scales. @dewittwatches #dewitt #luxury #watches #watchporn #ablogtowatch
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It’s really just a novel way of displaying the seconds, but let’s face it, mechanical watches are very much like tiny Rube Goldberg machines, anyway: exceedingly complex but mesmerizing ways of accomplishing relatively basic functions, such as indicating the time. And at the high end of horology, around DeWitt’s neighborhood, where little expense in terms of time or money is spared, it gets even more complex – and mesmerizing.
While we don’t have any caseback images of the watch, we can pretty clearly see everything going on in the movement from the dial side of the DeWitt Academia Skeleton. The power reserve of over 100 hours is displayed up around 2:30 – and we like power reserve indicators, particularly on manually wound movements like this DW1105S. But next to that, at around 10:30, you can see the large double barrel that is open to also show you exactly how tightly the mainspring is wound. And the balance wheel can be seen twitching away at 3Hz (21,600bph) around 4:30, providing even more eye-candy animation.
On top of all that and the contemporary skeletonized movement, the rose gold hands seem to do a pretty good job of being legible and contrasting with the mostly brushed “black gold” (not oil) surfaces. The rose gold hands match the DeWitt Academia Skeleton’s rose gold case that is 42.5mm wide and 10.25mm thick – which promises some wrist presence, but also to be pretty wearable. On the case sides, black rubber forms what the company calls “Dewitt imperial columns.” The DeWitt Academia Skeleton case is water resistant to 30m, no surprise there, and the lug width is a less common 21mm – so you may have a little more trouble finding a nato strap to fit it.
One of the reasons things like tourbillons are so popular is that they not only display the mechanical complexity that we so enjoy watching, but they are highly animated. Simply finding a way to display the balance wheel from the dial side is another way many watchmakers have added mechanical sparkle to a watch. Even just a sweeping seconds hand will do – animation of any kind adds a lot to a watch face. That’s why the windshield-wiper seconds hand here, with its stabbing and jerkily retracting motion every thirty seconds, is worth all the obviously necessary extra engineering. That combined with the DeWitt Academia Skeleton’s “openwork” movement provides a good deal of horological entertainment for a price of $85,800. dewitt.ch
As one of the few remaining Swiss “tool watch brands” Fortis still manages to almost entirely focus on functional timepieces. Like most traditional Swiss watchmakers, Fortis heavily emphasizes its heritage in both how it talks about its watches as well as what they look like. This review is of the Fortis Classic Cosmonauts Steel a.m. watch. It comes in a few versions and it isn’t entirely unlike other watches Fortis produces – though this newer model does possess its own distinctive character.
What initially caught my eye about the Classic Cosmonauts Steel a.m was the silver-colored dial as well as the healthy conservative look and feel, which I know appeals to a lot of consumers. Depending on how you look at it, Fortis is in a sense to the historic USSR space program what Omega was to NASA. I personally know of a lot less Fortis-on-cosmonaut stories as I do Omega-on-astronaut stories, but there are some interesting ones out there.
DeWitt’s tenth anniversary can be marked by the launch of a new advertising campaign addressed to the “new emperors”. One of the illustrious forebears of brand founder Jérôme p Witt, including many crowned heads of Europe, is that the Emperor Napoleon the First. DeWitt is “drawing on its rich origins and to projecting towards the current and the future by focusing on the new emperors of today and tomorrow, men and women throughout the world who have achieved success.” At a nod to its own history, the brand provides a reinterpretation of its ancestor’s famous hand-in-waistcoat gesture via understated and elegant visuals emerging in both masculine and feminine versions. The “Revolutionary by Tradition” signature accentuates the concept of a watchmaker with a daring vision, that of “building another type of Haute Horlogerie that is authentic and commendable, combining age-old experience and exceptional technical superiority.” The newest visuals feature watches in the Twenty-8-Eight collection. In another nod to Napoleon, this group was conceived on August 28th, as a tribute to the man who had been proclaimed “Emperor of the French” on the 28th of Floréal in the Republican Calendar. In 2013, it welcomes two new tourbillon versions, issued in 99-piece limited series, as well as two brand new retrograde seconds versions. The Twenty-8-Eight Tourbillons play contrasts with bold combinations of white gold and glacier-toned PVD-coated titanium, or pink stone and bronze-toned PVD-coated titanium. The dials associate Art Deco inspired vertical appliques using a beaded circle enclosing the tourbillon carriage.
The collection I am really reviewing here is the Fortis Classic Cosmonauts. The “Steel” part of the model’s name refers to the bezel color (and material), while the “a.m.” part of the name refers to the light-toned steel dial color. Outside of the various strap options, this same watch comes with a steel or black ceramic dial (“Ceramic” versus “Steel”) and the black-dialed “p.m.” version (versus the a.m. dial). Thus, the Classic Cosmonauts with the black dial and bezel would be the Fortis Classic Cosmonauts Ceramic p.m. watch. Anyhow, let’s get back to the Steel a.m. model.
Apart from seeing the columns of gears within the case, you have a view of a committed power reserve indicator, which can be a necessary component when you only have to finish the watch once or twice a month.As an unexpected modern twist, DeWitt supplies a USB powered watch winder for your WX-1. I must say I was surprised to listen to this. Why? Well first of all watch companies are notoriously slated previously. I mean we’re talking the dedicated production of mechanical watches, that out of a pure efficiency perspective more or less seceded from being practical once the quartz watch movement proved to be much more affordable and more precise. Ah, but the mechanical watch is much more sexy. It is because mechanical watches are seeped in tradition, love, and the most significant element of to a coveting collector; they’re incredibly tricky to design and fabricate. When DeWitt combined the WX-1 using a USB charger, I was amazed and intrigued. The USB charging unit functions like a little stand for the opinion. You deploy the dedicated winding stem from the watch with a little lever (the twisting stem is located in the side porthole next to the tourbillon window). Once the stem is extended, it joins with the charger that turns it out. It’s amusing you could connect this triumph of mechanical nostalgia to a pc for electricity functions. I find that this fact magical, and perhaps highly telling of watch the luxury watch industry is about; creating creations of art and surplus that must still conform to lifestyle and practical considerations.Having stated that, you likely cannot be expected to wear the DeWitt WX-1 too frequently. It’s frankly too big to fit under a top wing, and you’d be mortified to ding it.
Even though I would probably argue that Fortis sells more of the black-dialed “p.m.” versions, I think the silver-dialed a.m. version is a bit more eye-catching. It is more distinctive at the least and still offers good legibility thanks to the high-contrast black hands. One issue that seasoned collectors might have with the Classic Cosmonauts is the lack of distinctive design features. While the curation of design elements on the dial and case of the Classic Cosmonauts watches is effective and handsome, in the abstract, there isn’t too much here to tell this watch apart from others.
The Classic Cosmonaut’s case for example is basically what a 42mm wide Rolex Daytona case might look like. From the design of the bezel, lugs, crown guard, and pushers… this case is clearly an homage to the Daytona. The dial isn’t Rolex inspired, but it is inspired by military/pilot watches of the 1960s through the 1970s. Clean and effective, there is nothing wrong at all with Fortis’ particular expression of how to best render the information offered as part of the Swiss ETA Valjoux 7750 automatic chronograph movement. Though again, it doesn’t feel like Fortis is trying to break and new ground here.
The Imperial Columns motif is much more prominent in the 39-mm, white gold instance of the DeWitt Golden Afternoon jewelry watch, with all the columns breaking the 146 brilliant-cut diamonds around the bezel. The butterflies-and-flower tableau on the mother-of-pearl marquetry dial is predominantly in elegant blue and purple tones, achieved with a mixture of powdered gemstone, pearl, platinum, gold, lapis lazuli, agate and other gemstones. The minute and hour hands with this model, like others at the Golden Afternoon set, are shaped like sculpted angel wings as well as the counterweight on the central seconds hand is evocative of a tiny flame. It’s a crystal clear sapphire caseback and comes on a shiny blue alligator strap using a DeWitt white-gold pin buckle. The retail price is $82,500. “The Basel Fair using the massive means now deployed by the large groups does not enable us to make our subtler messages correctly heard, and we’d be lost in the crowd there,” clarifies Viviane Jutheau p Witt, CEO. “We want to share our hand-crafted expertise and our worth of exclusivity, nobility and authenticity. When people have seen for themselves the complexity of the operations required to make the movements and also the range of artisan-type professions which combine in crafting the dials; once they have admired the museum of 18th and 19th century watchmaking tools and valued the architectural beauty of the Manufacture, the whole perception of the DeWitt adventure and of its watches will be profoundly different. A personalised welcome can simply reinforce the ties we cultivate with our spouses.”
I began writing this post over a month past in my head, but have not started reducing it into writing until now. It’s not that I struggle to find words acceptable for this opinion, rather, its a watch which inspires me to say a lot. Actually, calling it a watch is almost a misnomer, since it is something different entirely. Yes it does fit on your wrist, also it will tell the time, but its really not meant for that. What I’d love to do is consider how some people might approach seeing this watch, and then present my articulated perception of what the DeWitt WX-1 Concept could really be. “You find this watch? This watch costs more than your car” Alec Baldwin proclaims this confidently in the movie version of Glengarry Glen Ross (watch clip on YouTube; excellent performance). It’s a highly effective line. Should you utilize a DeWitt WX-1, then you can similarly declare to the majority of America, a connected yet enhanced version of the statement. “You find this watch? This watch costs more than your house.” Thats right, the 33 WX-1 watches created are priced at 400,000 Euros each, which is approximately $650,000. A price far above the average house worth in America. Or better stated “what gets the watch worth so much cash.” It’s a cost meant for an audience. It’s unclear who’s paying this price, but I am sure some do. The watch does not have any valuable stone, and while it does include a few stone, thats not really were the worth is. I clarify the number of hours of labour put into both building and developing the watch as a sign to its worth. I clarify the uniqueness of the plan, and undecipherable (for most) complication of the internal components. Individuals are swayed. They just didn’t get that, yet somehow I did, although it was difficult to explain.
On precisely the exact same note, it is intriguing that DeWitt probably spent the least amount of work on the aspect of this watch that tells the time. The clock portion of the watch sticks out like a node from the mothership. Unlike conventional watches which use hands, the WX-1 includes three two rotating discs. Line them up with the small arrow at the peak of the dial, and also you have the time. First look tells me that the discs are some way of compass or instrument overly complicated for the cognition. Closer inspection however shows numbers commonly found on a watch face, this must be where I educate the time, and it is. This isn’t DeWitt trying to confuse anybody, but rather to make sure the effect of the watch isn’t last. The vision of a grand complications, whose browse from advice was as beautifully conceived as the body which holds it.Smooth pushing the WX-1 case back together I recognize that all around the watch are what seem to be sapphire crystals, extremely difficult to fabricate in these shapes. I am completely impressed by this watch, and relish in seeing it at the hands of the others. What’s to say about the Plan? I submitted to the simple fact that to every one their own. I enjoy it its appearances ( even though the WX-1 doesn’t appear to care what I believe), I see it as Jules Verne-esque. Like an Victorian era spaceship. Vianney Halter has successfully created his entire brand of high-end watches round the steampunk aesthetic, and the concept is masterful. The WX-1 matches all these labels, and yet it emulates nothing especially. The in depth rivets around the instances are intended to signify the labor put into the watch.
On the exact same note, it’s interesting that DeWitt likely spent the least amount of work on the facet of the watch that tells the moment. Unlike conventional watches that use hands, the WX-1 has three two rotating disks. Line them up using the little arrow near the peak of the dialup, and you’ve got the time. First look tells me that the disks are some manner of compass or instrument too complex for my cognition. Closer inspection however shows numbers commonly found on a watch face, this should be where I tell the moment, and it is. This is not DeWitt attempting to confuse anybody, but rather to make sure the effect of this watch is not last. The vision of a grand complications, whose browse out of information was beautifully conceived as the body that retains it.Smooth pushing the WX-1 case back I realize that all around the watch are what appear to be sapphire crystals, exceptionally hard to fabricate in these shapes. I’m thoroughly impressed by this watch, and relish in seeing it in the hands of others. What is to say about the design? I filed to the simple fact that to each their own. Like an Victorian era spaceship. Vianney Halter has successfully created his whole new high-end watches around the steampunk aesthetic, and also the idea is masterful. The WX-1 matches all these labels, and yet it emulates nothing specifically. The in depth rivets around the instances are intended to signify the labor put into the watch.
If a pursuit of originality isn’t as important to you, and the assembly of design details and features appeal to you in this watch, then you’ll have a lot to look forward to. Fortis does the right thing and uses applied hour markers which are painted with luminant. This is a small element which seems to add a lot of perceived value since it upgrades the overall look and feel of the Classic Cosmonauts watch. A bit more depth is given as the sub-dials are just slightly recessed. Again, a flat dial (no depth) would have really made it hard for a timepiece like this to look as nice.
The DeWitt brand has had its ups and downs over time along with the worldwide market, but has recently really sorted out its own organizational issues and is over back on path to creating a few of the most intriguing and distinctive timepieces around – like this quite rare DeWitt Academia Out Of Time collection. Why is DeWitt watches interesting and exclusive in my opinion? Well, along with producing a whole universe of very distinctive in-house made movements with a few complications you won’t see anywhere else, DeWitt often uses designs and styles rather removed from the rest of the watch market. With that said, DeWitt is still thoroughly a Swiss-born-and-bred watch company living in harmony with other unique niche luxury brands.Someday, I will write more about Mr. Jerome DeWitt, the considerate and shy lover of all things mechanical who is both an ancestor of Napoleon Bonaparte and probably a genius of sorts – and Ms. DeWitt, the fiery engine supporting the operation who speaks with New York-style purpose, and old-world landed aristocracy expectation.For today, I’d simply like to describe that the DeWitt Academia From Time watch and what makes this an intriguing timepiece. I sort of feel bad for those individuals who cannot find this view in person. The main dial has two subdials with the left having “flying time” indicator along with the proper being a “beat second” index. What is that all about? Well, the beat seconds hand is no more than a dead seconds hand. DeWitt is actually into dead seconds complications (consider for example the trendy DeWitt Academia Grand Tourbillon that we go hands-on here). These are if an otherwise sweeping seconds hand on a mechanical movement “ticks” similar to how moments palms operate on quartz watches. For watch fans, the irony is fantastic (in addition to the background of this performance).
What’s really cool about the beat seconds hand is that it exists over a skeletonized view of the movement which allows you to see how this mechanism operates. In fact, this is the first time that I could think of that I’ve seen a dead seconds hand implemented (with the view). I think DeWitt designed the DeWitt Academia Out Of Time such a way for two reasons. One is to offer a view of the specific contraption which allows the dead seconds hand to function, and secondly is as a subtle reminder that “that is, indeed, not a quartz timepiece. “To the left of the beat second hand is something else interesting. This is the “flying time” dial and it is really a sort of foudroyante hand. Some watches which have hands that produce a complete revolution every instant, and we refer to those as “flying palms.” The main reason is they seem to move so fast, watchmakers say they’re “flying.” Instead of a traditional hand, DeWitt developed two overlapping discs. The discs have little holes, and when the upper disc moves, it creates a unique cartoon on the dial.Jerome DeWitt explained the function of the DeWitt Academia Out Of Time watch was supposed to demonstrate the visual comparison between two different indicators which still operate each second. There’s also the contrast between the slow and the rapid. It is a poetic idea, and I must admit that when I wore the DeWitt Academia Out Of Time in my wrist, I’d probably be spending a lot of time staring at it.Otherwise, the dial merely indicates the moment, and much of the top region of the face looks relatively stark in comparison with the base of the dial. It is also unique how DeWitt borders all the two subdials separately. It makes for a dial that looks both asymmetrical and symmetrical at precisely the exact same time – that is something I don’t remember ever saying earlier.
Use of the Valjoux 7750 means that the case can’t be that thin. Despite good wearing comfort thanks to the shorter lugs, the Classic Cosmonaut’s case is nearly 15mm thick. The screw-down pushers and crown likely contribute to overall durability as well as the case’s 100m of water resistance. Fortis makes use of a great sapphire crystal over the dial that despite being just a bit curved, doesn’t suffer from any glare (Fortis claims AR-coating on both sides, which is correct for a watch like this). The clear (glare-free) view of the dial is a testament to the tool-watch nature of the Fortis Classic Cosmonauts Steel a.m. timepiece.
This piece from the DeWitt Academia Replica collection arrives in a gold 42.5mm case housing a manufactured DeWitt dead-beat seconds caliber. The Out of Time Unique Piece dead-beat seconds hand indicates the seconds function and serves as a regulator while at the 8 o’clock position is a free seconds hand. These innovative functions highlight the contrast between real time, shown at 4 o’clock, and virtual time that is freely flowing. Setting this piece apart from the balance of the collection is an artistic blue lacquered dial of a picturesque and mountainous landscape set against a starry night sky.
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Since 2003, DeWitt Men’s Replica has merged elaborate complication design with traditional replica watchmaking techniques. Founded by Jérôme DeWitt, the manufacture’s first timepiece was introduced the same year of its founding, entitled Pressy Grande Complication. The model featured a tourbillon, minute repeater, fly-back chronograph and a bi-retrograde perpetual calendar housed in a 42mm platinum case with a silver, light blue and mother-of-pearl dial. Soon there after, DeWitt was awarded first price for innovation at the Grand Prix de l’Horlogerie de Genève for its Academia Tourbillon Différential timepiece. Today, DeWitt’s success afforded it a 5,000 square-meter workshop where design concepts are produced and brought to fruition.
If you’ve not heard of boutique Swiss replica watchmaker DeWitt Mens Replica, you might wonder why the brand’s logo features the very distinctive bust of Napoléon Bonaparte. A quick look at the brand’s story reveals the answer: founder Jérôme de Witt is a direct descendant of the famous Corsican emperor. But rather than world conquest, de Witt is apparently more interested in conquering the horological landscape. He created the eponymously named replica watch company in 2003, and since has released a collection of sophisticated pieces that feature a selection of rare and difficult complications.
‘I like beauty, it is my education,’ founder de Witt is quoted as saying on the Dewitt Academia Skeleton Replica—and that is evident in the design of the brand’s replica watches. The Academia series of timepieces is not only elegant, but also a wonderful demonstration of mechanical prowess. The design of the Academia Skeleton allows its wearer to see right through the dial to the other side, and its open working gives a beautiful view of the workings of the in-house movement, which is made up of 263 parts.
An impressive 100-hour power reserve sits in the top left hand of the dial, next to the replica watch’s double mainspring barrel. But the real show-stopper is the semi-circular subdial for the ‘bi-directional seconds’, located at the 7 o’clock position. As the seconds hand reaches 30 on the lower scale, it juts forward towards the upper scale, counting up to 60 in the opposite direction. The hand then returns to its first position to count up to 30 once again. It’s truly a clever and entertaining bit of mechanics to behold, complementing the whirring balance wheel adjacent to it.
The case measures 42.5mm by 10.3mm and comes in 18k rose gold. As you might expect from such an exclusive brand, the finishing of the piece is fit for a prince—or more aptly, an emperor.