DEWITT ACADEMIA TOURBILLON FORCE CONSTANTE A CHAINE ROSE GOLD
Characterised by their meticulous hand-finishing and instantly recognisable design, every DeWitt timepiece is produced in small series or limited edition productions ensuring exclusivity. The company can call upon the noble heritage of its founder, Count Jérôme de Witt for authentic styling but, as the source of numerous innovations, this small Manufacture is also firmly committed to demonstrating an innovative spirit throughout their portfolio.
With its combination of 18-carat rose gold stripes and rich chocolate-coloured tones, the dial of the Academia Tourbillon Force Constante à Chaîne Rose Gold watch is the embodiment of refinement. However, exposed sections reveal its complex mechanisms, elevating the piece into the realm of Haute Horlogerie.
In an opening at 8 o’clock the Constant-Force mechanism is showcased. This ingenious little four-armed devise which completes 6 revolutions per minute and which also features its own balance-spring, enables an unwavering supply of energy to be delivered, ensuring accuracy. Right from the moment that the mainspring is fully wound, until the end of its reserve of power, the constant-force mechanism ensures that the energy supplied will not fluctuate but will be given in precise and regular impulses, regardless of how much tension is remaining in the mainspring. A similar opening at 5 o’clock provides a vista into the micro-mechanics of the tourbillon.
On the upper dial, just above the centrally mounted rose gold hour and minutes hands, is a power reserve indication unlike any other. Here, DeWitt have incorporated a system that relays energy to the power-reserve indicator. When winding the barrel-spring, the rotation of the crown drives a tiny chain consisting of 192 hand-crafted components. This novel device uses an intermediate wheel to activate the power-reserve indicator sliding on a worm screw at the 10 o’clock location. If the pointer is in the red zone, the power-reserve is close to zero, when it is in the green zone, this means the barrel-spring is sufficiently wound. The mechanism provides a stunning visual representation and it gives a marginally industrial feel to this otherwise elegant watch dial.
Housed within the 43mm 18-carat rose gold case featuring the brand’s “Imperial Column” case side inserts, the manually-winding DeWitt Manufacture movement beats at 21,600vph, retaining a generous power reserve of 72 hours. A sapphire case back reveals the meticulous hand-finishing of its components.
Presented on a chocolate coloured leather strap with 18-carat rose gold triple folding claps signed with the DeWitt “W” motif, this 99 piece limited edition model will appeal to the discerning collector who has a penchant for masterful Haute Horlogerie innovation.