DE WITT
ACADEMIA SLIDE ONLY WATCH

The Academia Slide Only Watch, a unique piece in titanium with DLC finishes, entirely developed, crafted and
assembled in our Manufacture by DeWitt's master watchmakers.
DE WITT ACADEMIA SLIDE ONLY WATCH The Academia Slide Only Watch, a unique piece in titanium with DLC finishes, entirely developed, crafted and assembled in our Manufacture by DeWitt's master watchmakers.

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DE WITT
ACADEMIA SLIDE ONLY WATCH

The Academia Slide Only Watch, a unique piece in titanium with DLC finishes, entirely developed, crafted and
assembled in our Manufacture by DeWitt's master watchmakers.
Model name: Academia Slide Only Watch / AC.SLD.006
Case: Titanium with black DLC coating, sapphire case-back.
Dial: Circular-grained flat faces, polished angle, trasferred graduated minutes scale
Calibre: DW0101, mechanical self-winding movement manufactured by DeWitt. 276 components, 22 jewels. 28'800 vph
Bracelet: Titanium with black DLC coating
Dimensions: Diameter: 49 mm / Thickness: 15.3 mm
Specificities: Every hour is inscribed on a plate that slides along a track, guiding it to a horizontal position. It is this horizontal display alone that shows the current hour. Next, the two central hands indicate the minutes and seconds.

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Lot Essay

Dragging, sliding: the creative hours of the DeWitt Manufacture are showcased on a new model, the highly original and playful Academia Slide.

Directly inspired by Jérôme de Witt's passion for cars, it bears witness to the creative vitality of what remains one of the very last manufactures in Geneva to be 100% independent and family-run.

Its story began with Jérôme de Witt's desire to display the time differently. While the manufacture has fully demonstrated its skill with traditional highend timepieces, the Academia collection also lends itself to particularly bold creative exercises. The Slide is the latest illustration of this approach.

This simple, intuitive design is also highly energy efficient. The hour plates slide in a natural, fluid manner. They are all interconnected: as soon as an hour arrives at the flat position, its plate begins its return to a vertical position and the next plate begins its descent. This continuous progression of the hours, which never freeze even for a second, symbolises the elusive, ephemeral nature of time.

The unusual star-shaped dial is a direct result of Jérôme de Witt's passion for mechanics. The creative soul of the manufacture and passionate collector of historic automotive developments was inspired here by the legendary rotary engines central to vintage cars and aeroplanes from the early 20th century.

These engines ran extremely smoothly thanks to their considerable inertia, a property that is fully exploited in the Academia Slide. They were also more compact and lightweight than other systems. Again, the Academia Slide takes full advantage of this, offering a simpler (and therefore more reliable) watch construction of just 276 components, scarcely more than a traditional three-hand manufacture movement.
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