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.
It comes in three 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
– Red with BGW9 Super-LumiNova and dark red sapphire bezel
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.
Please keep me posted on the availability of the DZR-03.
This is my first kickstarter purchase. It is a bit of a leap of faith, but patience and Sergio’s responsiveness to any query put me at ease. The delivery day finally arrived on Oct. 21st. My first reaction to my black and grey DRZ 03: Stunning.
Design & Style. Harmony, balance, subtlety, legibility, bold, yet understated. It appeals to my Scandinavian minimalist tendencies. Sporty elegance are two more words that sum up my feelings about the DRZ 03. Superb balance. The bezel dot markers, offsetting the lined hours; 3, 6 and 9 dots offset by bezel lines. The sweeping dot second hand, gracefully moves around the edge of the eclipse and touches each hour, then to eclipse the date at the 6 o’clock position. The hour and minute hards are large, elegant and highly visible. The coin edge bezel moves with precision and has a delightful click in use. The crown is a perfect size, easy to grip. This is my first experience with a Sellita movement (SW-200-01). As instructed, I wound it 20 times and it has run well since, When I look at this watch, my eye is not cluttered with a brand name or words as they are discreetly muted on the black eclipse. I only see the design and that is what makes this such a lovely watch. Other brands throw their names boldly on the face. Not Direnzo. Sergio wants the owner to admire the watch, like a fine painting, it is the artwork, not a signature in the lower right corner of the canvas that makes the painting great. This aspect of Sergio’s design makes it a classic, in my opinion.
Bracelet/Straps, Case: The oyster style bracelet, after adjustment, fits and feels fantastic. The quick release pins are a breeze to use and I switched out the steel bracelet with the leather, but am back to the steel. The NATO strap also has a cool vibe, but when the steel bracelet is this good and comfortable as it is, I am not feeling a need to NATO at the moment. The rubber does not come with pins of any sort and that makes using it a challenge if you don’t have spring pins to make that switch. The same pin system as the in the leather band would have been nice. In fairness, this watch is great value, so my comment is not meant to be a criticism. The case, lug to lug 48mm, makes it an easy wear on smaller wrists and the low profile thickness of 12,5mm adds to the usability and comfort factor. 20atm is more than I currently need, but it has tested out in the spa without problem. A very slightly domed Safire crystal with anti-reflective coating makes seeing the time in any light condition a breeze.
Doing something new in the diver category of watches is difficult. Yes, he admits to taking inspiration here and there, but that is not a bad thing in this case. Sergio Direnzo is really on to something. His design sense is strong, simple, elegant, building a purposeful watch that feels vintage. It is both new and not. That is what makes this such an enjoyable watch to wear. If you see a Direnzo project that attracts your eye, I can only say, buy it. You won’t be disappointed.
I’ve got an Eclipse coming – the black & greys colorway, which is the correct colorway if anyone was looking for confirmation. It feels like I pre-ordered it about 7-years ago, while the actual elapsed Earth-time is 2-months….I just want the watch man, I love it so bad…I need the “3” & I need it now.
Love your watches…love that you take your time with your designs, & that the time ends up equating to insane attention to detail, stellar specs, & it sure seems (again, can’t wait to be able to see & feel this in person) that you select manufacturing partners that are able to bring your designs to life appropriately, with stupid (in a good way) fit & finish. I get why “2” won Micro-O-the-Year, but “3” is the superior watch & should have won M.O.Y. as well…but it’s like the NBA, MJ & LeBron should’ve/should won/win the MVP every year, but for reasons I don’t understand, others are awarded it instead. Whatevs, you & I know who the real winner is – Scott Sherman
I share your Passion.
I m interrested in DRZ 2 . Let me know whether one piece still available.
Your DRZ 3 in RED is beautifull. I will order one for my collection.
Bonjour vos montres sont magnifique vous avez une créativité divine ! je suis preneur a mon retour de voyage … nous avons la même création dans la tète merci cordialement