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Review: Impressions on the Dietrich OT-5

by  on January 13, 2016
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Dietrich

Complication / Type of Watch

OT-5

Recommended Retail Price

CHF 1440 before tax and shipping from Dietrich website. Also available at many point of sale retail stores worldwide. In Singapore, the watches are available in 6 points of sales.

Positives

Unique design with an interesting skeleton styled dial and special shaped sapphire crystal. The time telling elements are also unique, featuring unusually shaped hands for the minutes and hours, a star for the seconds hands and a skeletonized wheel for the 24 hour indicator. The bronze PVD finish on the case, and the bronze bezel and crown gives it a very interesting aesthetic. The multi layer dial adds to this visual attractiveness. Very distinctive looks. Reasonable pricing.

Negatives

Bulky watch measuring some 48mm x 46mm case length x breath with a height of 13.7mm. Miyota 82-S7 movement, though is robust and reliable, is a bit common and finish is very simple.

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For those who desire a design watch more than a timepiece which touts the most intricate finishing, the Dietrich OT-5 is a nice choice.

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Dietrich is one of the recent internet phenomenons. Like SEVENFRIDAY, they are Swiss designed but made in the Asia, and use social media and the internet to its full advantage to promote and sell the products. The collection is growing and the company now offers six models. Each model are essentially the same watch, but offered in different case, dial material and finishing. A huge variety of straps are offered. The Dietrich OT-5 we are reviewing here belongs to a collector friend, and is the second most expensive watch in the current collection. 

 

Dietrich OT-5, in bronze PVD, and a vintage brown leather strap.

Dietrich OT-5, in bronze PVD, and a vintage brown leather strap.

 

The company started in 2013 by Emmanuel Dietrich, a French designer based in Zug, Switzerland, and they coined the tag line Organic Time. Emmanuel explains, “The Organic Time is the translation of my singular world. It is the expression of my desire for balance, a balance between feelings, forms, sensations and pleasure. It is the culmination of my design signature: delicate but bold, powerful yet sensual. The Organic Time is more than a desirable object; it is a tool that speaks the same organic language as our bodies. This is the philosophy that generates the Organic Time, an organically different timepiece.”

 

Dietrich OT-5, showing the 3 dimension impression one gets from the dial elements.

Dietrich OT-5, showing the 3 dimension impression one gets from the dial elements.

 

The result is a case which is unlike any other. Six sided, and curved. The case is stainless steel with a bronze pvd in matt finish, and very smooth to the touch. Bezel and crown are made of bronze. The strap goes under the case, and is designed to be easy to swap. .

 

Dietrich OT-5 is identical to the other Organic Time watches safe for the case material, dial and strap.

Dietrich OT-5 is identical to the other Organic Time watches safe for the case material, dial and strap.

 

The dial is a skeleton with a lattice like structure (bones?) criss crossing the dial. Visually, the dial is very interesting, as it gives the impression of depth. The dial comprises of 4 layers, each in a successively darker shade of bronze from the inside and ending with a black outer ring layer. The minute markers are printed on the under side of the sapphire crystal. The hour and minute hands are also in bronze, and skeletonized with tips filled with SuperLuminova. A stylized bronze skeletonized star serves as the second hand. The hands seem to float above the face of the watch. The overall aesthetic is one of different levels, and depth.

 

On the wrist, the OT-5 feels the bulk that the generous dimensions bear. While not uncomfortable to wear, it does feel large, and the aesthetics are perhaps more suitable for a casual outfit.

On the wrist, the OT-5 feels the bulk that the generous dimensions bear. While not uncomfortable to wear, it does feel large, and the aesthetics are perhaps more suitable for a casual outfit.

 

Overall, this is more a design watch, and the price reflects this. The ability to easily swap out the straps from huge variety Dietrich offers, from leather to nylon to suede and rubber, for a different look supports this. Dietrich offers a wide variety of straps to choose from.

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