For many of its wonderful strangeness, you have got to love watches such as the DeWitt Academia Out Of Time for the sheer effort to be successfully distinct. More so, I find that DeWitt watches are always so effortlessly distinct, so they aren’t hoping to merely adapt existing aesthetic genres however they’re really just doing anything they want from a design standpoint. That’s assurance, and the type of assurance I want to find in a new whose motto is providing exclusive products to exclusive men and women. At least with a DeWitt on your wrist, you do not have to feign private originality.Price for the DeWitt Academia Out Of Time reference AC.OUT.001 watch is63,700. Back a few years back once the money flowed like wine – the luxury watch world was known to take generous, deep sips from the pool. It was a gold age of fresh ideas, designs and brands. A promising brand that might not reach the next decade will be DeWitt. I have always enjoyed the vast majority of their layouts, and found their doctrine fascinating. This really is one of the coolest models in my opinion. A neat looking perpetual calendar watch with a GMT hand. The instances either had white or rose gold, combined with black ceramic and polished titanium. I have checked out these pieces before, and they are well made with really bold designs. I love the quasi-checkered bezels iconic to this brand.
I began writing this article over a month ago in my mind, but haven’t begun reducing it to writing until now. It’s not that I struggle to find words suitable for this watch, rather, its a watch that inspires me to say so much. In fact, calling it a watch is almost a misnomer, because it is something else entirely. Yes it does fit on your wrist, and it does tell the time, but its really not meant for that. What I’d like 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 may really be.
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).
Note that the giant semi-dial at 7 o’clock, with an interior 0-30 scale and outer 30-60 scale. It might have been a normal retrograde minutes hand which jumps back to the start – but no, we have noticed that before. Therefore, upon reaching the end of the lower scale at 30, the seconds hand juts forward to extend into the upper scale and begins its sweep slowly back into the opposite direction. At 60, of course, it retracts back to zero. The movie can help you know better than my description.It’s actually just a novel way of displaying the moments, but let us face it, mechanical watches are extremely similar to miniature Rube Goldberg machines, anyway: exceptionally complex but mesmerizing methods of attaining comparatively basic functions, such as suggesting the time. And in the end of horology, around DeWitt’s neighborhood, where small expense concerning time or money is spared, it gets even more complicated – and – mesmerizing.While we do not have any caseback pictures of this watch, we can pretty clearly see what happening in the movement in the dial side of the DeWitt Academia Skeleton. The energy book of over 100 hours has been displayed up around 2:30 – and we like power reserve indicators, particularly on manually wound motions like this DW1105S. But next to this, at around 10:30, you may see the large double barrel that’s open to also show you precisely how closely the mainspring is wound. Along with the balance wheel can be seen twitching off at 3Hz (21,600bph) around 4:30, providing even more eye-candy animation.On top of all that and the contemporary skeletonized motion, the improved gold palms seem to do a pretty good job of being legible and contrasting with the mainly brushed “black gold” (not petroleum) surfaces. The rose gold hands suit the DeWitt Academia Skeleton’s rose gold case that is 42.5mm wide and 10.25mm thick – which guarantees some wrist existence, but also to be quite wearable. On the case sides, black rubber forms what the firm calls “Dewitt royal 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 might have a little more trouble locating a nato strap to match it.
We love the ONLY WATCH auction that takes place every other year in Monaco for the support of charity. Why do we love it? Well a range of participating watch brands produce totally unique watches that are auctioned off for charity (Monegasque Association against Muscular Dystrophy). The pieces are sometimes mere color variations on existing models, and sometimes they are radically new models that are production concepts or signs of things to come. In any event, they are all one-off pieces (with the exception of models that are “#1” in a limited edition). The brands do it for the massive media exposure and marketing opportunity.
Be it space or spaceship, the watches below are some of the coolest modern watches which honor or make actual use of elements far from the Earth. Imaginative watchmakers use meteorite dials or design their cases and movements to look like spaceships. We love this stuff and as traditional as watchmaking is, these timepieces are directly inspired by science and science fiction. Oh, and we aren’t including watches that track the motion of planets or the sky. Those are typically more related to calendar watches, and should be part of a distinct list.
On the wrist, the DeWitt Academia Grand Tourbillon wears mostly but is not uncomfortable, given that the instance is not too thick. The jutting lugs will, but make it difficult for many people to wear this case style, not feel like it’s too large. There’s a sort of opulence into the design when it is rendered in gold. DeWitt frequently does a fantastic job of producing a watch that goes with a landed aristocracy type of life – its 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, however it isn’t that difficult to read. Seconds can be “inferred” from the turning tourbillon, while the split hour and minute hands have pluses and minuses into legibility. On the plus side, because of their jumping nature, they should point right to their respective mark. This is particularly helpful for the small hours dial. That being said, neither the moment nor hour dial is unexpectedly easy to read, which can be particularly true with the second indicator dial. DeWitt puts all that time and effort into a jumping minute hand… but does not create a dial with clear minute indicators that enable the wearer to love the accuracy of the functionality.In a nutshell, also based upon my above statement, I sense that separately, the case design with dial and the DW 8030 movement are interesting and laudable creations. When put together, they create a beautiful design, but I still do not believe the dial layout of this DeWitt Academia Grand Tourbillon is able to completely demonstrate the technical and legible intellect of this jumping hour and minute hands. It would actually be easy for DeWitt to come out with a “purer” version of this opinion that remedies this.The DeWitt Academia Grand Tourbillon watches are also all limited versions. The various models like the AC.GT.001, AC.GT.002, and AC.GT.003 are limited to 99 bits each with a cost of $312,000 USD.
Here is a (growing) comprehensive list of all the one-of-a-kind watches made and donated by brands to the 2011 edition of the Only Watch charity auction to be held in Monaco in September. As of writing there are 34 participating Only Watch 2011 brands that will offer a piece for auction. The below list will be updated as new information comes in. The names of the piece are under the image of that respective piece.
Celsius X VI II LeDIX GMT Big Date Mobile Phone Only Watch 2011
Breguet Maestro Only Watch 2011
Note the giant semi-dial at 7 o’clock, using an interior 0-30 scale and outer 30-60 scale. It might have been a regular retrograde minutes hand which jumps back to the start – but no, we’ve seen that before. So, upon reaching the conclusion of the lower scale in 30, the seconds hand juts forward to expand into the upper scale and begins its sweep slowly back into the opposite direction. At 60, needless to say, it retracts back into zero. The video will allow you to know better than my description.It’s really just a novel way of displaying the seconds, but let’s face it, mechanical watches are very much like miniature Rube Goldberg machines, anyway: exceedingly intricate but mesmerizing ways of accomplishing relatively basic functions, such as indicating the time. And in the high end of horology, around DeWitt’s neighborhood, where little expense in terms of money or time is spared, it gets even more complicated – and mesmerizing.While we do not have some caseback images of the watch, we can pretty clearly see everything going on in the movement from the dial side of this DeWitt Academia Skeleton. The energy reserve of over 100 hours has been exhibited up about 2:30 – and we enjoy power reserve indicators, particularly on manually wound motions like this DW1105S. But next to that, at approximately 10:30, you may see the large double barrel that’s available to also show you exactly how tightly the mainspring is wound. And the balance wheel could be viewed twitching off at 3Hz (21,600bph) around 4:30, providing even more eye-candy animation.On top of all the modern skeletonized motion, the improved gold palms appear to do a pretty good job of becoming legible and contrasting with the mostly brushed “black gold” (not petroleum) surfaces. The rose gold palms suit the DeWitt Academia Skeleton’s rose gold case that is 42.5mm broad and 10.25mm thick – which promises a wrist presence, but also to be pretty wearable. On the event sides, black rubber forms exactly what the firm calls “Dewitt imperial columns.” The DeWitt Academia Skeleton case is water resistant to 30m, no real surprise there, and the lug width is a less common 21mm – therefore you may have a bit more trouble locating a nato strap to fit it.
WORLDTEMPUS – 20 December 2012
The famous watch exhibition ViennaTime took place at Museum of Applied Arts from the 16th to 18th of November, where the watch industry presented its novelties to a large audience of connoisseurs. Thousands of watch lovers visited the exhibition and voted for the “Watch of the Year” in 6 different categories.
The awards were presented during the traditional Watch Gala at the “Aula der Wissenschaften” in Vienna on the 11th of December 2012. The event was attended by distinguished high profile guests and representatives of the prestigious brands being awarded.