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The most beautiful retro-futuristic Swiss Made Automatic Watch ever made.
242 backers pledged CHF 129,785 to help bring this project to life.

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What is a prototype?

A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:

Proof of Concept

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Functional Prototype

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Appearance Prototype

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Design Prototype

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Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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Prototype Gallery

These photos and videos provide a detailed look at this project’s development.

Following the successful release of our first model, we are now excited to bring you our second timepiece: the stunning limited edition Swiss Made DRZ_02

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DRZ_02_SS_black
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DRZ_02_SS_grey
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DRZ_02_PVD_black

This watch is the product of many months of experimentation in order to create a unique and innovative piece whose aesthetics connect with both the past and the future. This is why the term “retro-futuristic” perhaps best describes the style of this timepiece.

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DRZ_02_SS_grey
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DRZ_02_SS_blue
 
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DRZ_02_PVD_black
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DRZ_02_SS_black
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DRZ_02_SS_blue

 The dial is, without doubt, the piece’s most singular feature, with its outstanding elegant and symmetrical design. The beauty of this element is particularly appreciable when seen shining in the dark. The dial has a sandwich like construction with two layers, the upper of which is moulded into a bowl shape - a particularly complex element in terms of the watch’s manufacturing. This shape has enabled us to generate a seamless continuity between the dial and the case. The bowl shape and double-layer construction together produce a much (deeper) dial, as opposed to the more standard flat dial seen on most watches.

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DRZ_02_SS_blue
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DRZ_02_PVD_black

Inspired by the extravagant and futuristic curves of the Bugattis from the 1930s, the case is designed with a marked sports style, while sacrificing nothing of the brand’s elegant spirit. The elliptical elevation is the case’s most outstanding feature, accentuating its edges with polished fillets and casting shadows due to its countercurve at the transversal section. The architecture of the case and bezel is designed around the automatic mechanism with the aim of attaining the right proportion (11mm including the sapphire crystal). The crown engraved with the logo is perfectly centred on the asymmetrical ellipse. It measures 41mm in width, not including the crown, and 48mm from lug to lug. 

DRZ_02_side view
DRZ_02_side view

There are two options: 

 - Brushed stainless steel with polished edges 

 - Black PVD  

The DRZ_02 is fitted with a domed sapphire crystal. The domed feature gives the watch a nice vintage look while still showing the dial from every angle. The glass will have a layer of Anti-reflective (AR) coating on the inside of the glass to help reduce reflections.

The screw down case back has a flat sapphire crystal, revealing the automatic movement.

The label “Swiss Made” stands for skilled and competent craftsmanship and confers a sense of reliability, luster and high durability to any timepiece having the honour to bear this mark.

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

Design of the rotor chosen by our backers!
Design of the rotor chosen by our backers!

The movement by itself is already a beautiful piece of art, but to make it more exciting we'll custom engrave the rotor with our logo.

Image courtesy of www.watchtrotter.com, photo by www.davidepardini.com
Image courtesy of www.watchtrotter.com, photo by www.davidepardini.com

Your DRZ_02 will include a leather strap (no need at add the amounts below).  
If you want to add an extra strap increase your pledge with $20 for a milanes strap or $30 for a hand made leather strap.
For example: Super early bird $460 + $30 + $20=
DRZ with 2 leather straps + milanese = $510 

Leather strap with quick release (add $30 for an additional strap):

Genuine, high-quality, 22mm racing-style leather strap, handmade in Germany by a prestigious company that also produces for luxury brands. Dyed with natural vegetable dyes; a process that generates subtle and natural colours whilst at the same time reducing environmental impact. No matter which model you order, you’ll be able to choose from all four colours: black, light brown, grey (kind of sand colour) and olive green.

We recommend: 

  • Black for all PVD models
  • Light brown for SS blue dial
  • Olive green for SS green dial
  • Grey (sand) for SS grey dial

Milanese strap with quick release (add $20 for an additional strap):

Fine quality and Well-made 22mm wide, 0,8mm thick stainless steel watch strap with a high polish finish. Available in a choice of stainless steel or black PVD. These mesh watch straps have straight lug ends.

PVD+black milanese
PVD+black milanese

STEP 1: Backing our Kickstarter project is very simple: For now the only thing to decide on is if you want 1, 2, 3 or 4 watches. Once you have decided how many watches you want to order, just pick the cheapest available reward and you are done!  

STEP 2: Once you have backed our campaign you can start thinking about what model you prefer. After our campaign has ends (December 12th) we will send you a survey where you will be able to configure your watch (watch model + colour of strap).

The watch of your choice will be shipped in with a durable container that can be used for any occasions. Inspired by the old-fashioned tool rolls used on race courses in the 1950s, this wallet has been designed to accompany you on your journeys and adventures. It has enough space for two DRZs plus an additional strap. The wallet is made from natural distressed, dark brown, genuine leather and is included in the final price of each watch.

This project came to life in 2018 following many hours of design, meetings with different specialist companies and thanks to an especially close relationship with our followers, who have been witness to the creation process of the DRZ_02. We’re very proud to have successfully arrived at this momentous date. Our prototypes are finished and have been tested by watch connaisseurs from the world over: Canada, USA, France, Germany, UK, Australia and more. We’re ready to begin this great adventure and hope you can join us!

Armand "The watch guy" : 

  • Direnzo DRZ_02 - The Most Beautiful Watch Reviewed this Year?
  • I can honestly say this is one of the most beautifully made and most passionate designed watch in an extremely long time. 
  • It shows design and innovation not recognize at these price ranges. 
  • I can't speak highly of the dial enough because it's something you can't take your eyes off.

Average Bros : 

  • DRZ_02 Preview, Retro-Futuristic Defined
  • The fact that this thing exists just makes me want it  
  • The case is impressive but the dial is gorgeous  
  • A watch not for the fainted heart  
  • They designed it to be the coolest watch possible

  • Avec cette DRZ_02, Direnzo s’inscrit dans une optique de bouleverser le style classique d’une montre, avec un boitier hors du commun, très bien travaillé, et un cadran lui aussi tout en originalité. 
  • Mais ce qui est vraiment superbe sur ce boitier, ce sont ses côtés. En effet, de chaque côté de la montre on remarque une découpe en profondeur, ovale, et avec un revêtement différent. 
  • C’est une marque de mouvement qu’il est assez rare de trouver sur des modèles « accessibles », c’est super que Direnzo ait pu employer cette référence.

Just one more watch :

  • This looks like nothing else I've reviewed on the channel so far
  • I'm always looking for something unique but tastefully done all while being different from the norm
  • The case is something I really don't know how to describe, is something you'll never see in another watch. Amazing looking case

Watchpaper :

  • The DRZ_02 is one of the best microbrand designs of 2018!
  • I really liked the case of the first DRZ, but the DRZ_02 case is a masterpiece
  • this is a guy’s watch, but don’t be intimidated, I have a small wrist (17 cm) and it never felt awkward, on the contrary, it could easily become a daily beater.

Chrononautix :

  • "Neben dem FORMEX Essence Chronometer ist die Direnzo DRZ_02 mein zweiter Kickstarter-Favorit des Jahres: Bei dem überaus gelungenen Retro-Modell trifft ein hochgradig eigenständiges, sehr gefälliges Design auf eine top Verarbeitung und grundsolide Eckdaten (Saphirglas, Sellita SW200 Automatikwerk, Sandwich-Zifferblatt etc.)"
  • We are really excited about this new watch. Apart from the stunning looks of the sunburst dials, the creators have addressed nearly every tiny fault we could find with the first watch. We are looking forward to this one!
  • The DRZ 02 is definitely futuristic, but not in a sci-fi way. There are no blinking lights and no glowing touchscreen. Rather, it is fresh, streamlined, modern take on a very traditional analog layout. If you had told me it was the dash clock for the next generation Audi R8, I wouldn't have been at all surprised. It works, and the overall effect is stunning, day or night.
  • Mi sento di affermare con certezza che il DRZ_02 è un orologio affascinante che ha nella versatilità una delle sue armi più efficaci. È un segnatempo per tutti i giorni sfruttabile in svariate occasioni, perchè abbinabile sia ad una giacca elegante che ad una felpa sportiva. L’ho indossato per più di una settimana senza sosta, in ufficio e nel tempo libero, e si è dimostrato comodo, affidabile e dannatamente bello.
  • I think Sergio has pulled together a great watch with the DRZ_02, he may say it is inspired by the 1930’s sweeping lines of the Bugatti, but for me it shouts 1960’s creativity, that time when people seemed to wake up to all that mankind would be capable of in the future, and share it with all means at their disposal., and it does it in such a way that it will be around working hard when the next generation has their hands on it.

  • Billed as one of the most beautiful retro-futuristic Swiss Made Automatic Watches ever made, this eye-catching timepiece has certainly made an impression on us here at The Coolector and it is the result of many months of experimentation in order to create a unique and innovative timepiece whose aesthetics connect with both the past and the future.

  • My favourite part is the case is exceptionally thin and the bevelling of the case allows it to wear even thinner. As a result this piece wears very well with a suit, sliding effortlessly under the cuff. This combined with the style of the dial and the sporty Tonneau shape of the case means that this watch is very versatile and can be worn with a suit and with joggers and a hoodie hungover in Tescos looking for Bacon and Innocent Smoothie.
 
  • Dale R. : The new ‘King of Cool.
  • Adam A. J.: I hope Sergio is prepared for the demand, because this model is going to gain a huge fan base and iconic status in the near future.
  • Brian J. : Looks fantastic. Love the design of both the watch face and the case. The watch industry needs more designers like you Sergio! keep up the great work.
  • Roamy360: Really just an amazing design, it’s hard to be new and innovative, and somehow still have a classic look. This is how you design a watch when you don't want to even come close to a homage. I've not seen anything quite like it. If you are a micro-brand there is a big lesson here. 
  • Wing Y.: Very cool and nice looking watch. I like the dial design and the lume effect. It is distinctly unique indeed all around. I think this is a nice and more affordable alternative to say something like a Panerai in terms of some design aesthetics and the visual weight of the watch on wrist.
  • Robin.: Having real presence is really good and all that, especially helping the beautiful dial to really stand out, in a bolder more sporty sense, on the other hand simple elegance is derived from an understated yet attention grabbing style in a dressy sense...both are amazing and desirable characteristics that this watch possess...to have both equally is almost impossible and the determining factor lies in its size, to be truly outstanding in one sense or the other...I laud Sergio for having made a clear choice, leaning towards the direction that matches his vision for the watch perfectly.
 
  • Nigel B. From England: Just wanted to tell you and The World that you have made a Really Great Watch, so Happy with Mine. 
  • Tolan B. from the USA: I purchased one of your watches a few months back and absolutly love it. I own Panerai, Rolex, Breitling, etc. and I’m wearing your watch the most. There’s something cool, classic and timeless about your unique design and it seems to get more positive comments than any other watch I wear.  
  • Eyk P. From the USA:Looks fantastic. I should create some space for the black dial model too.
  • Prem K. from USA: I got my watch today. It looks beautiful and better than the pictures. Congratulations on the executing the project so well  Seriously impressed! 
  • Christopher J. T. from Denmark:Thanks for a really well run campaign, lovely result and watch  
  • Marie C. From Scotland:Hey Segio, happy days! the watch arrived this morning. I was too excited to keep it till Martins birthday so I have given it to him. He is soooo happy with it thank you so much for helping me get this unique present for him! we will recommend you to everyone we know, cheers.  
  • Marc B. From Canada:I really think you made something special, unlike anything else I own and like. I'm looking forward to your next design. (No pressure.;-) Cheers,  
  • Jac en K. From Netherlands:Next Thursday our son will received his PhD at the University of Eindhoven. He has a very good taste of special articles it was his great wish to get a Direnzo watch!! 
  • Nevin B. from the US: Sergio, you must have some magic fingers because it still looks as new as I got it. It's used every single day by me, not to mention that it's a brilliant icebreaker. The 00 catches the eye, while the odometer design reels them in (and the rest is history)
  • Ricakrd L. from Sweden: Got mine just now and it looks and feels amazing! Really nice work guys: )  
  • Michael H. From Czech Republic:Sergio, I've received the package this afternoon. The watches are perfect and I already enjoy wearing them. 

Website: www.direnzowatches.com  

Facebook: DIRENZO watches  

Instagram: direnzo_watches  

We carefully draw every detail of our watches and work together with manufacturing partners, who use the very best materials to handcraft each and every watch. We use Swiss-made movements and the quality of our production is reflected in the rigour of testing and the utmost attention to detail at every stage.

Based in Geneva Switzerland, DIRENZO watches was founded in 2015 by architect and watch designer Sergio Godoy Di Renzo. Our vision: to produce a range of unique and elegant watches inspired by the timeless aesthetics of mid-century race cars and aircraft.

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Shipping:

From Switzerland worldwide. Please note: customs duties and taxes are the buyer’s responsibility upon delivery. Postage costs cover national postal services. Please contact us If you require a specific courier service. 

Shipping Worldwide is $25

Free shiping to Switzerland

Warranty:

Two (2) year international warranty from the date you'll receive the watch. The warranty covers manufacturing defects.

Special thanks to family and friends who’ve encouraged me every step of the way, particularly the amazing team we’ve put together to get this campaign done.  

  • Clarissa Patrianova Valaeys (Creative Director - Head & founder at ContentPlate) www.contentplate.ch  
  • Juan Ortega (Architect and Model)  

Need help? Feel free to contact us at: info@direnzowatches.com

Risks and challenges

We are aware that creating and delivering a product can be a complicated process, which sometimes entails unexpected delays. This is why the utmost care has been taken throughout the process.
We have developed firm relationships with reliable manufacturing partners and have created, tried and tested, high-quality prototypes.
We'll keep our backers/buyers informed throughout the production process with regular updates and by sharing images whenever possible.
Since we believe in best-quality customer service and experience we guarantee a response to any queries within 24 hours. If there are any setbacks in the production process, or any kind of delays in our pre-established time frame, we ensure complete transparency and will keep all of our backers informed.

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    SUPER EARLY BIRD DRZ_02

    You get one (1) Swiss made Limited Edition DRZ_02. Save 35% on the future retail price of $699.

    After the campaign you will receive a survey where you will be able to pick color and date or no-date option.

    Increase your pledge with $30 to add an extra hand made leather strap or $20 for the milanese (metallic) strap

    In the box:
    One (1) DRZ_02 Automatic
    Presentation cardboard watch box
    Leather wallet
    Leather strap
    Instruction Manual
    Certificate of authenticity

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    EARLY BIRD DRZ_02

    You get one (1) Swiss made Limited Edition DRZ_02. Save 30% on the future retail price of $699.

    After the campaign you will receive a survey where you will be able to pick color and date or no-date option.

    Increase your pledge with $30 to add an extra hand made leather strap or $20 for the milanese (metallic) strap

    In the box:
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    Presentation cardboard watch box
    Leather wallet
    Leather strap
    Instruction Manual
    Certificate of authenticity

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    KICKSTARTER DRZ_02

    You get one (1) Swiss made Limited Edition DRZ_02. Save 25% on the future retail price of $699.

    After the campaign you will receive a survey where you will be able to pick color and date or no-date option.

    Increase your pledge with $30 to add an extra hand made leather strap or $20 for the milanese (metallic) strap

    In the box:
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    Presentation cardboard watch box
    Leather wallet
    Leather strap
    Instruction Manual
    Certificate of authenticity

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    LATE KICKSTARTER DRZ_02

    You get one (1) Swiss made Limited Edition DRZ_02. Save 23% on the future retail price of $699.

    After the campaign you will receive a survey where you will be able to pick color and date or no-date option.

    Increase your pledge with $30 to add an extra hand made leather strap or $20 for the milanese (metallic) strap

    In the box:
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    Presentation cardboard watch box
    Leather wallet
    Leather strap
    Instruction Manual
    Certificate of authenticity

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    KICKSTARTER DOUBLE DRZ_02

    You get two (2) Swiss made Limited Edition DRZ_02. Save 35% (and shipping) on the future retail price of $1398

    After the campaign you will receive a survey where you will be able to pick color and date or no-date option.

    Increase your pledge with $30 to add an extra hand made leather strap or $20 for the milanese (metallic) strap

    In the box:
    Two (2) DRZ_02 Automatic
    (2) Presentation cardboard watch box (one for each watch)
    (2)Leather wallet(one for each watch)
    (2)Leather strap (one for each watch)
    (2)Instruction Manual (one for each watch)
    (2)Certificate of authenticity(one for each watch)

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    KICKSTARTER TRIPLE DRZ_02

    You get three (3) Swiss made Limited Edition DRZ_02. Save 35% (and shipping) on the future retail price of $2097

    After the campaign you will receive a survey where you will be able to pick color and date or no-date option.

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    In the box:
    Three (3) DRZ_02 Automatic
    (3) Presentation cardboard watch box (one for each watch)
    (3)Leather wallet(one for each watch)
    (3)Leather strap (one for each watch)
    (3)Instruction Manual (one for each watch)
    (3)Certificate of authenticity(one for each watch)

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    KICKSTARTER QUADRUPLE DRZ_02

    You get four (4) Swiss made Limited Edition DRZ_02. Save 35% (and shipping) on the future retail price of $2796

    After the campaign you will receive a survey where you will be able to pick color and date or no-date option.

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    In the box:
    Four (4) DRZ_02 Automatic
    (4) Presentation cardboard watch box (one for each watch)
    (4)Leather wallet(one for each watch)
    (4)Leather strap (one for each watch)
    (4)Instruction Manual (one for each watch)
    (4)Certificate of authenticity(one for each watch)

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Funding period

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