For years I’ve struggled to find interest in DeWitt’s watches, but this new Chronostream II caught my eye. It is part of the DeWitt Academia collection, which is original in its design and one of six families in the brand. The Academia pieces span a range of complications and often feature a sculpted bezel in the form of 24 “imperial columns” that is an integral element of the brand’s elitist identity. Purely on the basis of dial design (which is done in-house), the Chronostream II is a significant improvement over the Academia I, in my view. Whereas the original Chronostream model was distinguished by its central applique, inspired by the instruments and radiator grills of vintage racing cars, while this new-generation version offers a very high degree of legibility and precision in terms of its displays.