Friday, January 20, 2017

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

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