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 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.
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.
Case material 316L
Crystal sapphire with anti-reflective coating
Water resistant 20atm
Diameter without crown 40mm
Lug to lug 48mm (20mm strap)
Case back screw down
Movement automatic: Sellita SW-200-1
Dial matt + sunburst fumé with applied indices
Bezel sapphire with lumed markers
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” Tropical Rubber strap.
– Optional Dark brown vegetable tanned leather strap with vintage stitching.
– All production’s buckles with signed logo
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