DeWitt has been participating in each Only Watch sale since 2005. The Academia Out of Time Unique Piece watch offered this year is driven by a self-winding DeWitt calibre, entirely developed, produced and assembled by hand at the Meyrin Manufacture in Geneva.
This innovative watch features 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 two functions symbolise the contrast between real time on one hand, and on the other, virtual time, which cannot be controlled, measured or recovered.
The motif on the dial – a mist given off by mountains and rising towards a clear, starry sky – seems to encourage having faith in life. It is depicted against a sky blue lacquer background highlighted by specks of silver.
The back of the 18-carat rose gold case is equipped with a sapphire crystal and engraved with the inscriptions "Unique Piece" and "1/1".
The blue alligator strap is secured with a 18-carat rose gold triple folding clasp.