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DeWitt

Although the project was originally that of one man, the adventure is collective. Jérôme De Witt's view is that the past centuries hold abundant wealth – and that given the technological resources of today, the least that can be done is to go further still.

About

The story of DeWitt is above the story of one man, Jérôme de Witt, who dreamed of creating a watch manufacture for the twenty-first century. In 2002 he started bringing together, from scratch, a collective of watchmaking experts who shared his passion all under one roof. The aim was simple: the manufacture should be able to produce the entire finished timepiece.

In 2005, DeWitt presented its first creation: the Academia Differential Tourbillon, a spherical differential system for winding the watch, combined with a tourbillon. The same year, the timepiece won the first prize for innovation at the Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix – and thus the Academia collection was born.

The company’s patents have since included a new form of date for a lady’s watch, first presented in the Alma and a system for exerting constant force on the tourbillon cage.

In 2011, DeWitt unveiled the X-Watch, its third Concept Watch, featuring an X-shaped cover. When opened, this reveals a reversible movement with bi-retrograde hours and minutes displayed on each side of the dial, an automatic tourbillon, a chronograph and a patented Automatic Sequential Winding (ASW) mechanism. With a total of 544 components, the DW 8046 calibre is the perfect embodiment of DeWitt creativity.

In 2012 DeWitt unveiled its in-house, hand-wound skeleton tourbillon calibre DW8028, continuing the brand's application of traditional watchmaking technology in a contemporary construction. In keeping with Jérôme De Witt's philosophy, this new calibre does not seek to remove material and slim down at any cost but instead to exude the strength and robustness that is typical of all DeWitt timepieces.

Two years later, in 2014, DeWitt introduced a new self-winding tourbillon calibre, the Calibre DW8015, derived from the brand's DW8014 movement. This new calibre introduced the brand's patented Automatic Sequential Winding (ASW) technology, driven by a peripheral oscillating mass, eradicating the defects associated with slip springs and providing a constant flow of energy to the main gear train.

In 2015 the brand further intensified its vertical integration with the launch of its own in-house base calibre, the DW5051, and presented its fourth concept watch in the form of the Academia Mathematical, a watch without hands.

2003
The manufacture is founded
2005
Innovation prize at the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève for its Academia Differential Tourbillon
2010
DeWitt presents the Constant Force Tourbillon with chain
2011
The X-watch concept is unveiled at the Only Watch auction
2015
DeWitt launches a new self-winding manufacture base calibre and the "hands-free" Academia Mathematical watch.
Philosophy

The DeWitt manufacture was established in 2003 by Count Jérôme de Witt with the aim of developing and producing by hand exceptional and innovative watches. A direct descendant of European emperors and kings, including illustrious ancestors such as Napoleon, he has succeeded in creating and immediately recognisable design that uses imperial columns. 

Based in Meyrin, on the outskirts of Geneva in Switzerland, the DeWitt manufacture produces each of its watches individually by hand. The company has its own dial makers, a team of artists and craftsmen and women with rare expertise, engine-turners, an enameller, electro-platers, painters and other talented individuals. The company also produces bespoke tiempieces to meet even the craziest desires of true watch aficionados.

Collections

Academia

Academia is a historic collection by DeWitt, standing out thanks to its toothed bezel and complications beneath an openwork dial.

Alma

Entirely developed and created for women, the Alma collection features an oval 18-carat gold case interpreted in two different sizes adorned with varying degrees of gem-setting.

Blue Empire

Featuring the signature DeWitt imperial columns, the Blue Empire is a distinctly feminine evolution of a design that first characterised the brand's gents models. 

Classic

DeWitt proudly presents its very own take on watchmaking classicism, with an exemplary finish, in a 40 mm round case. A sunbrushed guilloché dial has been chosen to accommodate three-hand and jumping-hour variations, while a second version features a perpetual calendar with moon phases.

Concept Watches

This collection brings together the manufacture's most avant-garde timepieces, the WX-1, the X-Watch, the Antipode and the Academia Mathematical.

Glorious Knight

Available in 42 mm (three-hand) and 46 mm (chronograph) versions, the Glorious Knight collection is a clear embodiment of the manufacture’s design ethos: bezels decorated with imperial columns, intricately worked dials and broad, sword-shaped hands. The chronograph features a DeWitt patented retractable crown.

Golden Afternoon

This ladies' collection boasts a richly decorated mother-of-pearl dial.

Lady Pressy

With simple geometric lines, the Lady Pressy has an understated look that is complemented by dials hand-assembled at the company's master dialmakers in Meyrin Geneva.

Twenty-8-Eight

High-tech men's watches in a round case: the collection combines the warmth of gold with the variations of a dark, deep dial.

Watches

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