Since its debut in 2010, Dietrich has distinguished itself as one of the most visually avant-garde microbrands on the current market, especially considering its more affordable market segment. The brand’s signature organic design language has gained a cult following of its own in the past few years, which the new Dietrich Device 1 (abbreviated to DD-1) looks to capitalize on. This new DD-1 line takes the unique case shape and general layout of the previous OT series and propels the package to the next level, offering higher-quality finishing with a Swiss Made automatic movement (a first for this Dietrich case design though all TC watches have Swiss Made movements in them).
The 45 x 46mm PVD stainless steel case of the DD-1 is a familiar sight to fans of the brand, with a softened hexagonal overall form and a uniquely ergonomic set of lugs mounted to the bottom of the case and curved for maximum wearer comfort. While the overall shape descends from the OT line, the execution is sharper and more streamlined for the DD-1, with changes like a bezel-less sapphire crystal (that sits over the entire time) and slimmer lug assembly. The overall effect of these changes, beyond a more premium feel, is to reduce the watch’s visual weight, creating a more elegant profile.
Like previous Dietrich designs before it, the dial of the DD-1 creates a look that almost feels more grown than manufactured. The soft, rounded angles and tapering leaf-ended hands offer a plant-like appearance that is complemented by the layered depth of the chapter rings and the complex web of raised brushed surfaces on the main dial. Multiple skeleton openings in this surface offer a glimpse of the working movement below.
The movement inside the DD-1 is the reliable and ubiquitous ETA 2824-2, offering a 38- hour power reserve and a smooth 28,800 bph sweep.
The DD-1 comes equipped with a single-piece pass-through strap in black nylon with matching PVD buckle. While nearly every component of the DD-1 has been significantly upgraded from previous Dietrich “Organic Time” watch iterations, this strap remains a simple but wearable addition to the overall package. For those who would prefer a more premium option, however, the DD-1’s lug assembly makes strap changing easy.
Overall, the Dietrich DD-1 represents a major step forward for the brand in both design and quality, evolving the core Dietrich design language without losing its fundamental spark. This more refined iteration comes with a slightly higher price than previous models at $1,850 USD, available now at the Dietrich website.