Saturday, May 23, 2015

Raphaël Domjan, the founder of SolarPlanet, will wear a DeWitt watch during the Solar Arctic Passage expedition that will take place in Canada

With the help of his foundation SolarPlanet, Raphaël Domjan is involved in various humanitarian projects to promote the use of renewable energies. For the Solar Arctic Passage project, he will complete the first solar-powered polar sailing expedition, travelling some 3,000 km through the ice of the Northwest Passage in a kayak specially equipped with solar panels. This venture has never before been attempted.
To assist him on his adventure, Raphaël will wear a DeWitt Academia Blackstream watch, which has undergone preparation and tests under extreme conditions. On 20th May last year, Viviane and Jérôme de Witt officially presented him with the expedition watch.

Academia Blackstream Chronograph
The Blackstream inspiration is to be found in the sporting world and is designed for a young, dynamic and sporty masculine clientele. In that respect, a streamline spirit of modern and fashionable velocity was instilled into this creation.

In the previous Chronograph model of the Academia collection, time was displayed in a rather poetic way through the rotating movement of a fan-shaped hand over the seconds dial. Today, in the new Academia Blackstream Chronograph, the sequential seconds were replaced by classical seconds on a counter at 9 o’clock. A second counter, visually interconnected to the first one and positioned at 3 o’clock, plunges us once and for all into a sports car universe, as we now face the eye-catching speedometer of a racing car.
The “radiator-grille” connecting these two subsidiary dials in the center of the watch further reminds us of the mechanical components of a motor. The final touch to its character is provided by the refined sunray pattern that further enhances the sense of speed and gives the impression of travelling across time.
The Blackstream Chronograph beats to the rhythm of a self-winding mechanical movement and has a power reserve of 48 hours. Its 44 mm round case is made of Grade 5 Titanium, black PVD and black rubber. The traditional 24 imperial columns obviously still adorn its flanks, however in a more discrete manner. The bezel provides a stunning contrast with the “full black” spirit of the watch, as it does not reflect the colour of the columns. The movement and the quality of the finishings can be observed through the sapphire crystal back.
Technical details

Self-winding mechanical movement
Functions: Hours, minutes, chronograph
Reference DW6005
Power reserve: 48 hours
Introduction: 2010
Vibrations: 28’800 Vph
Balance 3-armed, made in Glucydur
Balance-spring: Flat
Escapement: 510 angle of lift
Jewelling: 27 jewels
Diameter: 30 mm

Round-shaped, adorned with DeWitt’s imperial columns pattern on the flanks and bezel, polished and matt finishing
Material: Grade 5 Titanium, black PVD and black rubber
Diameter: 44 mm
Total thickness: 13,35 mm
Crown: Grade 5 Titanium (DeWitt design) adorned with a ring made in blackened Titanium and featuring the “W” signature
Distance between lugs: 21 mm
Case back: Sapphire crystal, secured with screws
Water-resistance: 30 meters

Black velvet colour tone with refined sunray pattern. Applied rhodium plated center and DeWitt signature

Hours and Minutes: Open-worked hands in the shape of two-edged swords.
Chronograph: Thin and elegant hand
Counters: small leave-shaped hands

Mat black rubber with special DeWitt “imperial columns” pattern or mat black Alligator leather
Buckle: Triple-blade folding clasp in blackened PVD Grade 5 Titanium and with engraved “W” signature

Limited Edition: 250 pieces

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