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  • Beauty in Functionality - Direnzo DRZ_03 Eclipse Review

    beautiful retro-futuristic design

    Jan 11, 2020


    WATCH CHRONICLER

    Today I welcome the Direnzo DRZ_03 Eclipse, a Swiss watch from an exceptional designer which presents something very new. It pairs a beautiful retro-futuristic design with the highly popular format of a 200m dive watch and a Swiss movement.




    Swiss Made:

    The automatic movement chosen for this watch is the Swiss Sellita SW-200-1, a high quality and accurate mechanism for three hands with 38 hours of power reserve and a 28’800 A/h (4 Hz) frequency. Aside from the assembly and quality control undertaken in our Swiss atelier, each watch is inspected personally by me before being dispatched, allowing a final check to be carried out on the movement’s precision and ensuring that the choice of model and strap is the right one.

    Specifications:

    Case material 316L

    Crystal sapphire with anti-reflective coating

    Water resistant 20atm

    Diameter without crown 40mm

    Lug to lug 48mm (20mm strap)

    Height 12.5mm

    Case back screw down

    Movement automatic: Sellita SW-200-1

    Dial Matt + sunburst fumé with applied indices

    Straps:

    The watch comes with:

    – Oyster style, 316L stainless steel bracelet with curved (fitted) solid end-links and diver extension clasp.

    – Marina Nationale nylon strap (Parachute style).

    – Optional or “stretch goal” Tropic Rubber strap.

    – All production’s buckles with signed logo

    Launch details:

    Production of this model will be carried out through the platform www.kickstarter.com. Pre-order pricing starts at $499 and the final retail price will be $699. (prices in USD) The scheduled launch date is 12th February 2020






    Following the successful release and delivery of our two previous models, we are now excited to bring you our third timepiece: the limited edition DRZ_03 “Eclipse”. This is the first Direnzo dive watch, a timepiece that pays homage to iconic models from the 60s, while retaining the brand’s DNA.

    I have always been curious about the idea of applying the eclipse effect to the dial of a watch. To do this, the dial would need to be produced in two parts; an inner matt disc and a sunburst fumé outer circle (similar to the DRZ 02)
    In order to retain the 3D effect while continuing to experiment with new techniques, we use applied indices, thus allowing the watch’s overall height to be reduced by 0.5mm (as opposed to the sandwich construction of the 02), an especially significant element for a dive watch, while at the same time allowing for a greater surface area for the Super-LumiNova paint.
    The dial’s bowl shape is reminiscent of the DRZ 02, only applied more subtly to reduce distortion beneath the water. This kind of dial manufacture requires a CNC modelling process, unlike when producing a more conventional and simple flat disc. We are proud to say that this is probably the first dive watch to make use of this technique and shape.
    Last but not least, we maintain the innovative arrangement of the indices of the DRZ 02; a triangle positioned at 12 o’clock and circles at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock, with the option of the date positioned at 6 o’clock (for a perfectly symmetrical design).

    The rotating bezel draws inspiration from vintage dive watches, such as the Breguet. Removing all type and providing a minimalist layout generates a clear, highly polished piece from a design standpoint, which marries perfectly with the aesthetics of the dial. Image courtesy of www.achickenwristsdelight.com
    It comes in two different colours, with the optional feature of the date, positioned at 6 o’clock.

    – Grey with old radium Super-LumiNova and black sapphire bezel

    – Blue with BGW9 Super-LumiNova and dark blue sapphire bezel

    A third colour option is currently being studied. Image courtesy of www.achickenwristsdelight.comImage courtesy of www.achickenwristsdelight.com
    "Flesh could not keep its glamour, nor eyes their sheen. They would go to nothing soon. But monsters are forever"



    “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
    If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher.
    As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide".
    Abraham Lincoln

  • #2
    An impressive, and attractive design. Thanks for posting this up, Mike.

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    • #3
      Live. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...iss-made-watch

      Already 350 backers.

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      • #4
        Feb 15, 2020


        Average Bros

        On this episode I finally get to post my preview of this stunning new model from retro modern brand Direnzo. I recorded this quite a while back, so some things have changed, like their much improved 'female' endlinks. Looking now they're actually well beyond fully funded, so it looks like we'll definitely be seeing some production models to come. The design effort on the DRZ 03 is well ahead of its typical peers and I see it filling a nice place in a lot of collections.

        "Flesh could not keep its glamour, nor eyes their sheen. They would go to nothing soon. But monsters are forever"



        “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
        If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher.
        As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide".
        Abraham Lincoln

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