Watches: DeWitt Academia Out of Time Only Watch 2015

By Thierry Ané on August 11, 2015

Not long after Baselworld 2015, I posted an article about an incredible eye-catching model from the Manufacture Dewitt: the provocatively named Academia Out of TimeWatches: DeWitt Academia Out of Time (+live pics and video)! Despite its rather intriguing moniker the self-winding DW1201 calibre beating at its heart keeps perfect track of the passing time and received the same amount of horological care as every Dewitt’s timepiece.

Through the sapphire crystal of the back, the watch connoisseurs will also be able to admire the impeccable finish of some of the 217 components and 38 jewels forming this example of Fine Watchmaking. If they are like me, they will undoubtedly wonder at the beauty of the beautifully skeletonized oscillating weight and its rose gold stylised “W” so characteristic of the brand’s design.

The puzzling appellation refers to the unusual opposition of two ways of representing the time as it goes by: an extremely accurate “dead-beat seconds” in the aperture located at 4:30, ticking once every second as it did on most marine chronometers to allow good readings at sea and a somehow poetic “flying time” in the second register positioned at 7:30. There, a disc featuring black and white dots sweeps continuously under a black perforated surface and creates a much smoother evolution of the seconds.

There are no words to describe how fascinating the opposition of these two displays featuring a rotation in exactly the same time but in utterly different ways can be for the observer. I really urge all the readers to have a look at my initial Academia Out of Time articleWatches: DeWitt Academia Out of Time (+live pics and video) as it includes a live video of the watch and will give you a better sense of what we are talking about!

This year, for the charity auction Only Watch 2015 that will take place in Geneva for the first time, the Manufacture Dewitt has decided to create a one-of-a-kind timekeeper based on this amazing Academia Out of Time.

Just like the three non-limited models presented at the watch fair, the Academia Out of Time Only Watch 2015 boasts a splendid 42.5 mm “Academia” case in rose gold with Dewitt’s famous imperial columns on its sides and is of course powered by the DW1201 movement using the manufactured DW5051 as a base. Shaped like double-edged swords, the brand’s signature open-worked hands and the rose gold brand’s name appliqué on the dial put the finishing “DeWitt” touch to this watch.

Its uniqueness, though, comes from is magnificent dial: the sobriety of the black, white or blue lacquer of the initial three versions now gives way to a more sophisticated decorative face. Indeed, the blue lacquer of the Academia Out of Time Only Watch 2015’s dial has been hand-painted with a stunning mountain and starry sky motif. To give it even more splendour, the paintwork has been tastefully highlighted by specks of silver creating a fairy-like night-time mountain landscape. To match this magnificent dial, the watch is mounted on a night blue alligator strap secured by a triple folding clasp featuring the “W” signature.

The Academia Out of Time Only Watch 2015 is decidedly a very special watch: it starts with a unique and quite fascinating complication and adds the beauty of a “Métiers d’Art” dial to create an exceptional model for such a worthy cause. A great applause to the Manufacture DeWitt for this outstanding job!

For more information please visit the DeWitt web site.

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