Hands-On With DeWitt Academia Collection With 42.5mm Case Replica

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.
Hands-On With DeWitt Academia Collection With 42.5mm Case Replica

On Nov. 7, an extraordinary collection of one-of-a-kind replica watches will be up for auction in Geneva and ready for the highest bidder. It is an incredible opportunity to bid on 43 unique replica watches in which the proceeds will benefit the Monaco Association Against Muscular Dystrophy to help fund research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

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.

Take A Look At The Dewitt Academia Skeleton Replica

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.