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With its strong symbolism and innovative technical approach, the Academia Out of Time model forms a new addition to the DeWitt Manufacture's series of emblematic watch creations.
The mastermind behind this patented invention, Jérôme de Witt, the founder of the Manufacture and
creator of DeWitt watches, gives us a highly personal interpretation of time with a combination of a
bold design and a grand watch complication.
Housed in a round 42.5 mm diameter case, the Academia Out of Time watch is driven by an automatic DeWitt calibre indicating the hours, minutes and seconds, and entirely developed, produced and assembled by hand by our master watchmakers at the Meyrin Manufacture in Geneva.
Robust and reliable with its 21,600 vibrations per hour and its 65-hour power reserve, the Out of Time
version is equipped with two elaborate complications: a dead-beat seconds hand, which serves as
both a regulator and an indicator of the seconds function in the display at 4 o'clock, and a free
seconds hand, a DeWitt invention, in the display at 8 o'clock.
These 2 functions represent the opposition between real time, in the form of regulator function of the dead-beat seconds hand that momentarily halts at each second, and virtual time, freely following its
wild and endless course.
This unique watch structure is made up of the DW5051 standard manufactured calibre plus additional
modules, with a total of 217 components, most of which are made in-house and assembled in DeWitt's own workshops.
Creating an interplay of contrasting effects through the combination of traditional and innovative
materials, the Academia Out of Time's case is crafted in 18-carat rose gold and black rubber, with a
subtle recreation of the famous imperial columns, the distinctive signature of DeWitt watch creations.
The elegant design of the dials, available in three shades of lacquer (black, white or blue), showcases the two gold-encircled counters displaying the complications.
Like all DeWitt watch creations, it perfectly meets the very high standard of finishes endorsed by the
Manufacture. We also find two small "W" signatures on the crown and on the buckle.
Linked more closely than ever to the exclusive end of the market with the Academia Out of Time
model, the DeWitt Manufacture combines unconventional watchmaking expertise with constantly
renewed creativity to create this resolutely innovative timepiece.

Technical specifications

A C . O U T . 0 0 3
Calibre: Reference DW1201
Movement Mechanical self-winding movement manufactured by DeWitt
Diameter 30.6 mm
Functions Hours, minutes, dead-beat second at 4 o’clock
Power reserve 65 hours
Frequency 21,600 vph
Balance Variable-inertia balance
Balance spring Flat
Escapement Swiss lever (44° angle of lift)
Jewelling 38 jewels
Number of components 217
Case : Round case with Dewitt imperial columns on sides
Material 18-carat rose gold and black rubber
Diameter 42.5 mm
Total thickness 12.85 mm
Crown 18-carat rose gold, “W” signature
Case back Open back, sapphire crystal with safety screws
Distance between lugs 21 mm
Dial : Blue lacquer with appliqué numerals and circles in rose gold colour tone
Hands Hours and minutes: 18-carat rose gold, open-worked hands in the
shape of double-edged swords
Dead-beat second at 4 o'clock: 18-carat rose gold, thin and elegant
Wristband Black alligator
Buckle Triple folding clasp, polished 18-carat rose gold cover with “W” signature
Water-resistance 30 metres

Who's who

The DeWitt watch manufacture was founded in 2003 by Count Jérôme de Witt in order to create hand-crafted exceptional and innovative Master Complications. 
Count de Witt is a direct descendant of emperors and kings in Europe, including such illustrious ancestors as the Emperor Napoleon and King Jérôme of Westphalia with the closest relative being King Leopold II of Belgium, his great-grandfather.
The story of DeWitt is an integral part of the royal and imperial European History.
With such a strong and authentic heritage, DeWitt watches are immediately recognizable with their distinctive imperial column design.
His wife, Viviane de Witt, former owner and manager of a Paris auction house, author of four books on art including two on jewellers, took over general management of the company in March 2012. 
The couple runs today the manufacture in harmony with respect for values ​​and men, in a constant search for excellence, outstanding quality, and the most advanced horological innovations.
Far from the watch-making usual rules, their vision is to create non-conformist and bespoke hand-crafted watches for today’s Emperors.
DeWitt is a fully-fledged watch Manufacture that is both independent and self-sufficient in terms of production, where high-end watch movements are crafted and developed by hand. 
It employs 60 talented technicians, skilled master-watchmakers and passionate professionals.
Located in Meyrin-Geneva, Switzerland, the 5000 sqm of the DeWitt Manufacture houses all traditional watchmaking activities, from design right through to production and quality control, to guarantee that the unique manufacture calibres meet the highest Swiss quality standard.
600 existing watchmaking brands
Less than 18 capable of producing their own movements
4 with dial-makers in house
DeWitt is proud of it!
At DeWitt Manufacture, every timepiece is produced in limited editions or small series, around unique in-house Manufacture dials and calibres.
All complication watches are made by one person for each watch, with the master watchmaker signing his masterpiece on the back of the case.
The manufacture also integrates the extremely complex know-how required for manufacturing its dials in-house, using traditional Métiers d’Art. Lacquer, enamel and guilloché dials are also hand-crafted in this workshop.
As a watch is also a Piece of Art, the DeWitt Manufacture provides you the experience of unique design, technical excellence and individual service by creating your bespoke Haute Horlogerie timepiece.
Tailor-made colours, special finishing, personal drawings or logos can be imagined to offer a unique custom-made creation, your own timepiece.
Furthermore, DeWitt is committed to perpetuate ancestral watchmaking traditions, as it is now one of the few remaining brands who practise the refined art of guilloché engraving on historical 18th and 19th century rose engines. 
On the other hand, the brand is obviously also equipped with ultra-modern machinery and the latest technologies in order to explore micromechanical solutions to practically any technical challenges.
The Mathematical watch, an extraordinary technical innovation in the form of a watch that has no hand, and DeWitt 4th Concept Watch, is the perfect illustration of this know-how.
The brand’s four men’s collections include the iconic Academia line, the architectural Twenty-8-Eight, the elegant Classic line, and the contemporary Glorious Knight timepieces. 
In 2016, the DeWitt Manufacture celebrates a year devoted to women and proposes now 5 collections dedicated exclusively to them: Alma, Blue Empire, Lady Pressy, Golden Afternoon and “Métiers d’Art”.
The DeWitt Museum, also located at the company headquarters, is the perfect illustration of this very special link with the history of watchmaking machinery. 
Displaying one of the world’s largest collections of tools with over 250 objects, the DeWitt Museum retraces almost three centuries of hand-crafted watchmaking.
Excellence, nobility, family passion and creativity are the values ​​that DeWitt stands for, in a bold vision that aims to build a different Haute Horlogerie, noble and authentic, combining ancestral expertise and exceptional technology.
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