Emmanuel Dietrich, a French-born, École Boulle design school graduate, with 20 years of experience in product design launched his eponymous watch company, just a few years ago. Starting with the OT-1 collection, which is short for “Organic Time,” followed by the OT-2 and OT-3 variants.

All of the Organic Time watches have the same case dimensions, movement, and dial. This is clearly a mono watch business model, which focuses on multiple variations of the same watch. However, it is worth noting that while other companies, such as SevenFriday, are using a similar business model, the Dietrich watches are, arguably, much more interesting.

From the unique design of the case and lugs to the signature star-shaped wheel which continuously rotates every 60-seconds, to the 24-hour indication, to the open dial design that offers a view of the escapement on the dial side, to the use of forged carbon bezels on some the latest models – Dietrich has distinguished his watch line from the crowd.

Sure, Dietrich watches are powered by a modified version of the same Miyota 82-S-7 movement used by SevenFriday, but the execution is everything, and in my opinion, Dietrich watches make a compelling statement on the wrist, whereas I would not be caught dead wearing a SevenFriday watch.

When I first saw a Dietrich OT-1 during Baselworld 2015, I only had a few minutes with the watch, but I did get a sense that the watch was much more expensive than it is. It reminded me of an Urwerk or Richard Mille. With that said, I instantly knew from the movement finishing, that it was not in the same league. Still, if you are trying to add something eye-catching to your wrist, for under two grand, then look no further.

The latest Dietrich model is the Organic Time 1 Carbon Luminescent, which most notably comes with a forged carbon bezel that is mixed with luminescent resin. This is something that is surely a first in watchmaking, and which you can see illuminated in the embedded Instagram post below. Everything else is virtually the same as on previous models.

The case is steel with a PVD coating, measuring 46 mm x 13.7 mm. The total weight is 128 grams with the strap attached. It is shown with a Karung snakeskin strap with green contrast stitching and PVD steel buckle. The crown is a push-in design, with double O-rings, and a water-resistance of 50 meters. The bezel is secured by black PVD coated steel hex screws.

The retail price is $1950.

Posted by:Jason Pitsch

Jason Pitsch is the Founder of Professional Watches. He appreciates good craftsmanship in everything from architecture to automobiles to cameras to clothing. Yet his focus for the past decade has remained consistent on covering just one type: watchmaking.