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.
The DeWitt brand has had its ups and downs over time along with the worldwide market, but has recently really sorted out its own organizational issues and is over back on path to creating some of the most intriguing and distinctive timepieces about – like this quite infrequent DeWitt Academia Out Of Time collection. Why is DeWitt watches interesting and exclusive in my opinion? Well, along with creating a whole universe of very unique in-house made motions with some complications you won’t find anywhere else, DeWitt often uses designs and styles quite removed from the remainder of the watch industry. With that said, DeWitt is still thoroughly a Swiss-born-and-bred watch firm living in harmony with other unique niche luxury brands.Someday, I will write more about Mr. Jerome DeWitt, the polite and shy lover of all things mechanical who is both an ancestor of Napoleon Bonaparte and probably a genius of sorts – and Ms. DeWitt, the search motor supporting the performance who speaks with New York-style intention, and old-world landed aristocracy expectation.For now, I’d simply like to describe that the DeWitt Academia From Time watch and what makes this an intriguing timepiece. I sort of feel bad for those people who aren’t able to see this view in person. You literally can’t understand what the dial looks like in action without seeing it function. The principal dial includes two subdials with the left having a “flying time” indicator and the proper being a “beat second” indicator. The conquer seconds hand is no more than a dead seconds hand. DeWitt is really into lifeless seconds complications (consider for instance the trendy DeWitt Academia Grand Tourbillon that we go hands-on here). Those are when an otherwise sweeping seconds hand on a mechanical motion “ticks” similar to how moments palms function on quartz watches. For watch lovers, the irony is wonderful (along with the history of the performance).