Evaluate: The Direnzo DRZ04

I’ve adopted the development of Direnzo for a couple of years now, watching from the perimeters because the brand has cultivated its personal unique mixture of smokey fumé colors carried out to convex dials. It might be a stretch to mention {that a} new type could be unmistakably ‘Direnzo’, however there’s a actually robust continuity from the former DRZ 02 and DRZ 03 Eclipse thru to their newest providing – the DRZ 04 Mondial.

The Mondial is an attractive sweet tackle a sporty three-hander and, as described turning into par for the route in 2021, that implies some other sports watch with an built-in band. Not like many such watches which take heavy inspiration from the pointy case strains and lug transition of the Royal Oak, this providing from Direnzo is altogether softer. Paired with a couple of attention-grabbing dial colors and finishes, the result’s refreshing. These days I’m looking of 2 of the colourways – crisp white and colourful blue.


Evaluate: The Direnzo DRZ04


Stainless steel with hardened coating


Sellta SW200-1 Elaboré


White, Blue, Inexperienced, Gray or Meteorite


BGW9 SuperLuminova


Crystal with AR coating


Built-in Band

Water Resistance



40 x 48mm



Lug Width



Screw Down


2 Years




Upon seeing the primary teasers of the Mondial on Direnzo’s Instragram account, my focal point is drawn nearly fully to the dish-like dial – particularly when offered in good white. On the other hand, in hand the comfortable and delicate case has my consideration to a an identical extent, and in my enjoy the appreciation of a well-proportioned and well-finished incessantly case outlasts any preliminary obsession with a dial. Fortunately I feel the Direnzo hits each notes.

The case is well sized at 40mm in diameter and feels a little bit tamer than many built-in band watches can, which is in part because of two facets which melt the illusion. First is the roundedness of the contour between the planes of the case and the lugs, and 2nd is the prominence of cleaned spaces.

While many built-in band sport watches take the manner of profiting from the angles and show a crisp edge between the lugs and the case best, the Mondial units a softer color with a relatively extra sluggish transition. The form and magnificence of the lugs is extra harking back to the Tudor North Flag than the AP Royal Oak. This roundedness additionally echoes the curvature of the dial.

Lots of the stainless steel case is completed with very fine vertical brushing apart from the narrow chamfer working atop the period of the case each and every facet (additionally replicated around the case back under), and a quite huge cleaned outer circumference to the serviced bezel that rises above. The combo of brushed and cleaned done additionally runs thru to the built-in band. Outer links are brushed, however each and every of the middle links give a moderately huge space of cleaned floor. I might generally be fairly hesitant about how this kind of end would possibly hang up with common day-to-day wear, however the case and band of the Modial are each handled with a scratch proof coating. I will be able to’t document on precisely how the case end will hang up over time, however the hardness of 800 HV will have to see a considerable get advantages over untreated 316L stainless steel.


Considering back to my first impressions of the convex dial, my query could be why don’t we see this extra incessantly? This execution creates a extra seamless enjoy than a flat dial and an angled bankruptcy ring (and in addition gets rid of any possible alignment problems – having a look at you, Seiko!), and offers a actually attractive sense of intensity with in the dial. Possibly the solution to that query lies within the notes from Sergio Direnzo that the dial manufacture calls for a CNC modelling procedure.

The white dial, which occurs to be my favorite of the lot, has a semigloss polish and a complete absence of any color. The double minute track (at the bankruptcy ring in addition to throughout the hour indices) is marked out in black, as are all dial textual content and the framing of the date window, hands and carried out indices. All indices and all 3 hands are stuffed with BGW9 SuperLuminova which seems close to white within the mild.

In addition to being a extra bright color, the blue variant right here additionally has a extra attention-grabbing end – a sunburst fumé impact, going from teal within the middle of the dial to a deep blue on the edges of the bowl. The date wheel is color matched on all variants, apart from the restricted meteorite dial which has a contrasting crimson date wheel and dial markings.

The handset form is relatively all of our, and is also off-putting to a few, however the pattern is an evolution of the ones observed in Derenzo’s previous watches and I’m glad to look a brand dedicated to forging its id thru continuity on this method.


Direnzo are primarily based in Switzerland and their watches are Swiss made. The Swiss movement selected for the Mondial is the Sellita SW200-1 in Elaboré grade, an automatic caliber that options 38 hours of energy reserve, hacking, hand-winding, date and a frequency of 28,800 bph. I haven’t assessed the accuracy of both of the 2 watches proven right here with any nice diligence, however all through the week or in order that each have been working and each and every being wound or steadily occupying a place on my wrist, neither one deviated very much from the opposite, and the indexed specifications for this movement recommend accuracy between -7 and +20 seconds in step with day.

The Sellita is a near-clone of the well known ETA 2824-2, however way more readily obtainable for the ones brands out of doors of the Swatch Team umbrella. There may be little in the best way of customisation instead of Côtes de Genève and ‘DIRENZO GENEVE’ engraved at the rotor, and a crimson Direnzo emblem carried out to the glass.


When the capability to modify out a band or band is hampered, as described the case with the built-in band right here, the standard and suitability of the selected band are paramount, and fortunately the Mondial delivers. The massive cleaned middle links would possibly take some rising used to, however the high quality is convenience are transparent from the outset. Beginning out at 24mm the place it meets the lugs and tapering right down to 18mm on the buckle, the band provides nice articulation and a solid development all the way through.

Incorporated within the ultimate bundle, however now not but provide within the prototype package deal I’m having a look at right here, shall be a folding buckle with micro-adjustment holes and the right kind endlinks to change the present butterfly buckle. For such a chic band I feel the butterfly buckle proven within the pics right here is an ideal fit and I’ve been fortunate sufficient to get a just right are compatible from it, however I do respect that the micro-adjustments on a folding buckle give a little bit extra fine tuning.

At the wrist, the thinness of the midcase turns into obvious. At nearly 12mm tall, the watch doesn’t precisely scream “thin” on paper, however the cleaned chamfers and raised bezel go away a svelte midcase which is flat for its entire period, save for a slight downturn proper on the pointers.


Built-in band sport watches are indisputably the flavor of the month, and most likely that stage of festival is a foul factor for the Direnzo DRZ 04 Mondial. I to find it laborious to fault many facets of the watch itself, despite the fact that I’m conscious that a number of pattern possible choices align very carefully with my very own private personal tastes. The pattern of the dial—in particular the form—might not be to everybody’s style, however the execution is very good. The similar can also be mentioned for the case which enhances the dial so nicely. The ratio of cleaned to brushed spaces at the band is something that I believe may have been reined in a little bit, however the taper and articulation of the links lead it to wear very very easily on my wrist.

It’s simple to brush aside this as but some other built-in band sports watch, however that may be unfair. This newest providing from Direnzo has sufficient high quality in each the pattern and execution to break away from that label and stand by itself deserves. Presale for the Direnzo DRZ04 Mondial starts on 20 March, with costs ranging from 599 CHF. Direnzo

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