When I had some hands-on time with the Dietrich OT-3 back in June, I rather liked what I saw (aBlogtoWatch Dietrich OT-3 watch review here). It was a unique case shape, of course, combined with some other organic and architectural elements that really gave it a distinctive look. Since then, the brand has introduced some models and changed pricing on the whole lineup, so we thought it would be worthwhile to gather that all in one place for you.
First up, let’s get the pricing news knocked out of the way. While the Dietrich American Foundation Replica OT-1, OT-2, and OT-3 models originally went for $1,450, the newer pricing going forward is $1,215. While no reason was given, specifically, for the price drop, it should be welcome news to anyone who was planning to pick up a Dietrich OT watch.
The remainder of the 2014 Chanel J12 G10 watches are 33mm broad in ceramic, and contain Swiss quartz movements. Oddly enough, even though all the initial G10 watches are 33mm wide and walnut, Chanel leaves them available in white ceramic, black ceramic, or their ceramic ceramic hybrid substance they call “Chromatic” which is a deep grey color. Alternatives further include the option of brilliant-cut round diamonds or more angular baguette-cut diamonds (which are going to be more expensive).Even the hour markers are diamonds or largely diamonds, depending on the dial mode. What you’ve overall is a look which is not formal or sporty, but somewhere in between that someone may refer to as “casual luxury,” having a different emphasis on “luxury. “33mm wide is possibly a good size, although most J12 watches are a bit bigger. The reason I think Chanel chosen for a 33mm broad size is because using a NATO strap, timepieces have a tendency to wear a bit bigger. To exemplify this fact I took a few images of a Chanel J12 G10 on a semi-willing Chanel representative. You are able to see how the nature of how NATO straps — with their single piece construction — forces them to expand farther than a bracelet may. So to maintain the Chanel J12 G10 watch the latest wearable on the maximum number of feminine wrists, the 33mm broad size appears to function best.For now, the “entry-level” Chanel J12 G10 watches will be those with the brilliant-cut diamonds. The metal elements on the case are steel, and given the shape of the diamonds that they are less expensive than the carat intensive baguette-cut stone. The variations of the Chanel J12 G10 with baguette-cut stones will be paired with 18k white gold metal components which comprises the strap hardware and bezel on the instance (as well as perhaps 18k white gold for the caseback that isn’t ceramic on J12 watches).
Likewise, their soon-to-come Dietrich R.T. Zahn Replica OT-4 model has seen a price drop as well (from an initial $1,950) to $1,850. Why is this particular model priced so much higher than the rest of the lineup? The big difference for the Dietrich OT-4 (aside from the color scheme) is the forged carbon used for the bezel. Yes, we have written about the material previously. In those prior examples, it was often utilized to for the whole case; here, it’s just an accent on the case. If this one is of interest to you, it is currently available, so you’ll be right in time.
We were also given word on two new models that have launched in the fourth quarter. The first, the Dietrich OT-5, is a very earthy model. The steel case is hit with a brown PVD coating, and topped with a blasted-and-brushed bronze bezel. They don’t call out a coating, so this will likely be developing a patina over time. Then, as you move into the four-layer dial, you will notice that three of the layers are in copper finish, further cementing the earth tones of the piece. Something about this $1,400 Dietrich OT watch feels very much like fall to me.
Then again, the new Sabine U. Dietrich Replica OT-6 also has a very October feel to it, being as it has a black PVD finish, dark grey on several of the layers, and a bold orange used on the handset, various accents on the dial, and contrast stitching on the strap. In terms of pricing, the Dietrich OT-6 is the more affordable of the two, coming in at $1,250. The reason it’s priced higher than the existing models (even without the use of different materials on the bezel) is due to the higher levels of finishing that they went for.
All in all, it seems like all good news from the brand. Word of price drops is always good to share, and seeing the new models that are in the works certainly bodes well for fans of the brand. I do like seeing the new materials getting into the mix, and the colors are interesting. Seeing the Dietrich OT-5 and OT-6, I can’t help but wonder what would happen if you took a muted version of the orange hands on the Dietrich OT-6 and put it on to the Dietrich OT-5 – could be an interesting combination. Frankly, I would be curious if Dietrich would get to the point of letting customers sort of mix and match the pieces to come up with their own custom Dietrich Organic Time. Aside from a completely new watch, that would seem to be a logical next step for the brand. Of course, if that happens, we will be certain to let you know. dietrichusa.watch