Determinedly independent Swiss Manufacture DeWitt saw the arrival in 2012 of Viviane Jutheau de Witt as CEO of the company in which she had heavily invested. It was a major turning point for a brand that had struggled and at one point was up for sale. She looks after the management, while her husband, Count Jérôme de Witt— a descendant of King Jérôme of Westphalia, brother of Napoleon—oversees the technical and creative departments.
Now DeWitt unveils an innovative automatic concept watch, the 4th of such watches, this time in the form of a mysterious timepiece without hands. Entirely designed and hand-assembled within the Manufacture by the brand’s own master watchmakers, the Academia Mathematical, DeWitt's 4th Concept Watch, went through months of research and development.
It came about due to the passionate interest in mathematics held by its founder, Jérôme de Witt. The numerals indicating the hours and minutes give the impression that they have been scattered, thrown into chaos so that in the end they can give the precise time.
There are no hands, but instead autonomous jumping numerals that come to life by lighting up in the centre of the watch to indicate the passage of time. It’s described as a grand watch complication, with its complex mechanisms and painstaking precision, it comprises 384 pieces.
The Mathematical movement is based on the new DeWitt Manufacture automatic calibre, most of the components of which have been produced in-house, and all of which have been hand-assembled by our master watchmakers. With a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour, the watch has a 48-hour power reserve.
The 42.5 mm 18-carat rose gold Academia Mathematical features the brand's emblematic imperial columns. An entire watch concept rather than just a watch, the myriad of fascinating calculations that drive relentlessly towards the nature of universal beauty.
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