— DeWitt puts technology at the service of fun with two new complications that offer new interpretations of how to show the passing of time.
For Baselworld this year De Witt goes all out to capitalize on its new in-house self-winding calibre, presenting two new complication modules that are assembled on the DW5051 movement and offer unique ways of marking the passing of time.
Academia Out of Time
The complication at the heart of the new DeWitt Academia Out of Time model started as what Mr Jérôme De Witt calls a “virtual idea”. That was three years ago and the intervening time has been spent working out how to turn this virtual idea into a practical module. The result is a wonderful contradiction between a regimented dead-beat seconds counter at 4 o’clock, clearly affirming the passing of each second, and De Witt’s patented “flying time” indicator next to it at 8 o’clock, whose disc appears to spin at random, creating a mesmerizing effect.
“It is a reference to the times we live in,” explains Mr De Witt. “Time is running out and I wanted to convey the notion that we are the people who invented time and we will never be able to catch up with it. But we can see it.”
Close attention to sourcing components with the least friction because of the energy required to power the two complications means that the DW1201 self-winding calibre in the Out of Time models offers a relatively high 65-hour power reserve. Three different models are available with an 18-carat red gold and rubber case and a choice of black, blue or white lacquered dials.
After the gargantuan WX-1, the unique X-Watch with its convertible case and the Academia Repetition Minutes Tourbillon GMT Antipode, the Academia Mathematical is DeWitt’s fourth concept cheap replica watches UK.
The fruit of months of research, the Academia Mathematical makes DeWitt’s concept Breitling replica watches accessible to a wider audience and is an expression of Jérôme De Witt’s passion for mathematics. The Omega replica watches has no hands or dial and appears to be just a jumble of numbers. But two transparent apertures in the smoked sapphire crystal reveal the hours and minutes in decimal form on different levels. Four different rings, each with its own stylised Arabic numerals, are required to display the four-digit decimal time and a patented jumping mechanism ensures that each ring jumps as and when required.
The self-winding movement powering the Academia Mathematical, the DW0101, is also based on the brand’s in-house DW5051, but its energy-hungry jumping mechanism impacts the power reserve, which in this case is a more standard 48 hours, which is still not bad considering the 384 components in this calibre. A case in 18-carat red gold and black rubber with the signature DeWitt imperial columns, just like the Academia Out of Time model, create a new family feeling at the brand and provide a perfect background for these playful complications.
DeWitt is also presenting new small seconds models and a “Chronostream” in its Academia collection at Baselworld, which we will come back to later on WorldTempus. The brand’s 2015 collection, which includes eight major launches (four during the SIHH and four now at Baselworld), marks an ambitious year for DeWitt. The story continues with Mr De Witt expressing his hope to bring together all possible hallmarks under the same roof at the company’s production facility. He is already working on producing to Geneva Hallmark standards, with the final two hurdles being mastering the straight-grained sides and the chamfering of interior angles, which is frustrating for Mr De Witt, who says “we can already do better than that.”