The case (42.5 mm in diameter, 14.2 mm thick) also signifies a sporty design of a DeWitt design component, especially the “Imperial Columns” grooved pattern — a nod nod to the De Witt family’s aristocratic lineage — about the sides, implemented more discreetly here than in earlier DeWitt Academia watches. Using black rubber, together with 18k rose gold in the caseband, is just another decidedly modern touch. The watch is given on a dark brown alligator leather strap and fastens by way of a triple-folding clasp made from polished 18k rose gold and bearing the DeWitt “W” signature.At the 2012 Baselworld watch fair, Katharina Moeschl, online editor for WatchTime’s German sister book Chronos and its own site, www.watchtime.net, fulfilled with Jerome De Witt, founder of Montres DeWitt, to run a meeting about the growth of his boutique view brand and its global strategy, along with an up-close preview of this new watches that his company is debuting this season, including the ultra-complicated “X-Watch” concept piece. Click below to see the movie. DeWitt is a very market Swiss brand that likes to remind you that proprietor Jerome DeWitt is a descendent of Napoleon Bonaparte. While that is kind of cool for him, the brand mostly gets our attention with technical horology and surprising designs. The avant-garde Academia collection with its rare complications is the new signature, as well as the newest DeWitt Academia Skeleton is the latest addition. While the title of this watch would seem to imply that the skeletonization is your major display, it is that the “bi-retrograde” seconds hand that stands out the most.
Back a few years ago when 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 new ideas, brands and designs. A promising brand that might not reach the next decade is DeWitt. I’ve always liked the majority of their designs, and found their philosophy intriguing. This is one of their coolest models in my opinion. A neat looking perpetual calendar watch with a GMT hand. Sure, it is an expensive watch, but it is a relic from an era – communicating the exuberance of an era, which hearkening back to the roaring 20s with its art deco look.
The 43mm case came in two variants (matched to a black or white textured dial). The cases either had white or rose gold, mixed with black ceramic and polished titanium. I’ve checked out these pieces before, and they are nicely made with really bold designs. I love the quasi-checkered bezels iconic to the brand.
The five symmetrical subdials are beautifully arranged with straight forward functions all for the perpetual calendar. These include dials for the date, month, day of the week, leap year indicator, and synchronized 24 hour hand (acts like an AM/PM indicator). You then have the unique looking moon phase indicator. The plate over the moon phase disc is made out of silicium and has a copy of an actual galaxy applied to it. This lush blue always looked so nice using mother of pearl (that has been cut in half) as the moon pieces. The moon phase indicator is set against a segment of the dial that has a “starry” backdrop. This is done with goldfluss – and looks quite cool.
Inside the watch is actually and automatic movement. Aside from the perpetual calendar functions and the time, the watch has an easy to read GMT hand in red. You don’t see too many watches with these features that really highlight the GMT complication. The movement is the DeWitt DW7021. Few will argue that the watch is pretty. Can you see yourself wearing a piece like this? Hard to say. I could probably pull it out off, but people might think me the ambassador from the planet luxicon. Price for the DeWitt Academia Quantieme Perpetual Nebula GMT watch was close to $100,000 when it was introduced a few years ago. One is available here on James List, and if you are interested I highly recommend working to negotiate a good price of 30-40% off.