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NOMOS watches began in an industry where some of the top watchmakers are a few hundred years old but a young upstart such as NOMOS Watches from Glashutte, Germany had to make a real splash to compete and keep up. After only 15 years in watchmaking NOMOS is already known to be the completely in-house watchmaking company; something very impressive for such a young company.
As a technologically independent watchmaker with full quality control, NOMOS employs 5th generation watchmakers and does all the actual watchmaking in-house at their manufacture in the small town of Glashutte, in the Saxony region of Germany just across the street from A. Lange & Sohne.
Nomos Glashütte has been around since 1990 and use only in-house movements since 2005. From the small town of Glashutte, they amassed over 130 awards. Some of their in-house calibers include the DUW 1001, a manual-wind movement with a power reserve indicator and an 84-hour power reserve. Their newer automatic DUW 3001 movement uses an in-house escapement, the Nomos Swing System.
Their own in-house design agency in located in their Berlin office and works around-the-clock to incorporate that uber-modern cosmopolitan look associated with the Bauhaus school of design and found in all of their watches. This is the "less-is-more" signature style of all their watches and makes a big impact by 'holding back' while most push the design as far as it'll go. NOMOS timepieces incorporate a clean minimalist look and from the outside looks up-to-the-minute and stylish while on the inside, employs age-old, time tested watchmaking traditions.
As a young watchmaker Nomos started introducing precious metals into their watches in 2013 in the Lambada and Lux collections. The unveiling of their DUW 3001 movement occurred in 2014 and can be found in the Neomatik series. The DUW 3001 is a self-winding movement which uses the new NOMOS Swing System; their very own in-house escapement. This super thin automatic movement stands at only 3.2mm tall. The new in-house escapement is being gradually incorporated into their various calibers.
NOMOS has a dozen collections or 'model families' with about 80 watch models between these various collections. Each of their wristwatches has a slick, purist design with clear and legible numerals making it a highly functional timepiece without the unnecessary ornamental bells and whistles.Read more
NOMOS Lux watches are one of the top-shelf collections and use precious metals in their construction. Available in a 38.5mm x 34mm and 40.5mm x 36mm tonneau-shaped case made of 18kt white gold or 18kt rose gold. It has an elegantly curved sapphire crystal with dial colors varying from a light powder blue (Lux Weißgold) to bright sliver-plated white (Lux Weißgold hell), vibrant yellow (lux Zikade), light grey (Lux Hermelin) and a dark aubergine (Lux Zobel). The leather straps have an 18kt gold winged clasp at the end of the hand stitched watch band. The reverse-side of the NOMOS Lux watch houses the in-house caliber DUW 2002 is a spectacle to behold through the sapphire crystal case back with a sunbeam polishing and hand-engraved balance cock displaying the words "Mit Liebe in Glashütte gefertigt" which translates to "lovingly produced in Glashutte".
The Lux uses the DUW 2002 movement which offers twin barrels housing mainsprings to keep this watch running for up to 84 hours straight on a full wind. The NOMOS Lux series combines performance and luxury with absolute simplicity in a way that is most aesthetically pleasing which earned it a1st place LUXE! Award in 2015.
NOMOS Lambda watches are another top-of-the-line collection by NOMOS Glashutte and are constructed in 18kt white or rose gold cases. Two mainspring barrels in the DUW 1001 movement allow the Lambda watch to run continuously for 84 hours (3.5 days). The NOMOS Lambda series is the winner of 7 awards and is available in two sizes 39mm and a larger 42mm size. Available in white, dark blue and almost black galvanized, ruthenium plated dials with Horween Genuine Shell Cordovan remborde leather straps that are hand-stitched to perfection and are fastened with an 18kt gold winged clasp.
NOMOS Tangente watches are available in 33mm, 35mm, and 38mm sizes including a "Doctors without Borders" limited edition version. The Nomos Tangente collection started off as a manual wind watch but since 2015 an automatic Nomos Tangente is available which uses the NOMOS in-house DUW 3001 automatic movement.
NOMOS Tangomat is a series of automatic watches that offer options such as a GMT / world time function and date function and can be found in a light as well as dark colored dial. It is considered to be a larger derivative of the Tangente series. Winner of numerous awards, it has great accuracy and performance.
NOMOS Ahoi is a 40mm automatic watch collection that belongs to the Aqua series with water resistance of up to 200 m/20atm by DIN 8306 testing standards. As the winner of 9 awards this collection has the option of the date function and is available with a white, bright-colored, and dark-colored dial with high contrast hands, numerals and hour markers. The NOMOS Ahoi watch is available in a number of colored dials including deep Atlantic blue, siren blue and Siren red in addition to bright white on quite a few models varying in size from 36mm to 40mm. The newer versions are powered by the ultra-thin DUW 3001 movement, NOMOS Glashutte's latest in-house caliber.
NOMOS Metro is a collection conceptualized by Berlin designer Mark Braun consisting of 37mm and 38mm hand-wound watches that offer a date function and power reserve indicator. More recently, they unveiled an automatic version with their in-house caliber DUW 3001. Metro has won numerous awards including the German Design Award, the iF Product Design Award.
NOMOS Minimatik is a classic collection and its watches house the DUW 3001 automatic movement. It is considered a classic yet cheery looking watch. It is an especially thin watch thanks to the 3.2mm thick movement. The Minimatik earned the 2017 German Design Award making it the 5th major award in a row that Nomos Glashütte received. Designer Simon Husslein had already taken home numerous awards including the Red Dot Design award, iF Design award, the Good Design Award, and "Uhren des Jahres" (Watch of the Year) Award.
NOMOS Ludwig is a collection of classic watches which have a thin bezel and lugs. The dials have roman numerals in combination with a watchmaker's 4 (IIII). This series is has a striking yet elegant look and is designed to provide for a noticeably flat watch thanks to the use of the DUW 3001 automatic caliber. Nomos Ludwig watches come with either a white or champagne gold dial.
NOMOS Zurich is a collection that is a winner of numerous awards including the Chrono Award, Goldene Uhren (Golden Balance) award, Good Design Award, iF Product Design Award, Red Dot Design Award and several others. The Zürich collection is considered a larger solid watch with a discreet look for the non-pretentious yet sophisticated, cosmopolitan globetrotter. At 40mm in diameter and 10.85mm thick it has options that include a date function, small second, world time complication, stop-seconds, thanks to the in-house Nomos DUW 5201 movement.