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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 DeWitt’s 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. A very unique and original way of representing the duality between real and virtual time.

This 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, sparkling chocolate or black), 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




Caliber 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

Spiral: 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

Water-resistance: 30 metres



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



Black alligator

Buckle: Triple folding clasp, polished 18-carat rose gold cover with “W” signature


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 1st and King Jérôme of Westphalia, with the closest relative being King Leopold II of Belgium, his great-grandfather.

With such a strong and authentic heritage, DeWitt watches are immediately recognizable with their distinctive imperial column design. Far from the watch-making usual rules, they feature non-conformist and bespoke hand-crafted watches for today’s Emperors.

DeWitt is a fully-fledged watch Manufacture based in Meyrin-Geneva, Switzerland.  Every timepiece is produced in limited editions or small series, around unique in-house and hand-made 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 belongs to the very few brands, which integrates the extremely complex know-how required for manufacturing its dials in-house, using traditional Métiers d’Art and still practicing guilloché engraving on historical 18th and 19th century rose engines. Lacquer, enamel and guilloché dials are hand-crafted in this workshop, thus offering to their clients to create their bespoke Haute Horlogerie timepiece with tailor-made colours, special finishing, personal drawings or logos.

Along with the concept watches, the brand’s 4 men collections include the iconic Academia, the architectural Twenty-8-Eight, the elegant Classic and the contemporary Glorious Knight. Most recently, “Male Wishes” stainless steel models have been added to the Academia and Glorious Knight lines for customers who wish to afford an entirely hand-made Swiss High Horology exclusive brand’s watch for a very competitive price. The Academia Skeleton also belongs to the latest releases, returning to the brand’s roots with its movement showcasing very particular functions and design.

With the Alma, Blue Empire, Lady Pressy, Golden Afternoon and “Métiers d’Art” collections, women are also spoilt with extraordinary, highly sophisticated and refined jewellery and High Horology pieces.

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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