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NOMOS – Brand History and Latest watches

NOMOS is a small brand in the small village of Glashütte. Perhaps the most famous German village in the world known for its watchmaking industry. Just across the street from NOMOS, you will find big companies that belong to the luxury groups of Richemont and Swatch, but NOMOS has chosen to remain independent. Founded in…

NOMOS is a small brand in the small village of Glashütte. Perhaps the most famous German village in the world known for its watchmaking industry. Just across the street from NOMOS, you will find big companies that belong to the luxury groups of Richemont and Swatch, but NOMOS has chosen to remain independent. Founded in 1990, just after the reunification of Germany, it was destined to create beautiful timeless watches that stood out because of their simple and clean design and is loved by many connoisseurs all over the world. Today, NOMOS is still situated in Glashütte but counts over 240 employees and has been awarded more than a hundred times for their watchmaking performance and design.

NOMOS being a true manufacturer in the broad sense of the word, also developed their own escapement in 2014. Being a manufacture, NOMOS is able to stay independent from the large group owned suppliers and offering their fine watches for fair prices compared to many other watch manufacturers.

NOMOS Collections

Most famous are probably NOMOS’s Tangente, Tangomat, Tetra and Zurich models. In the high-end spectrum of watchmaking, NOMOS offers the Lambda watch. To be accessible for a younger audience and offer a more contemporary design, NOMOS also came up with the Club collection. Besides these, NOMOS started offering more models along the way. One of the recently introduced collections is the Ahoi.

 

The Ahoi is a more sporty version of the classic Tangomat, and even offers great water resistance (200 meters) and a crown protector. German as NOMOS is, the Ahoi watch has been based on the DIN8306 standard for diver’s watches. A 40mm piece that is available without a (extra large) date.  All versions are equipped with NOMOS in-house calibres, the Epsilon calibre for the non-date models and the Zeta calibre for the date models.

Other interesting newcomers are the neomatik versions of some of the existing model names. These neomatik versions represent a more slender design of their timepieces, using their next-gen in-house developed calibre DUW3001 movement. A self-winding movement that is only 3.2mm in height. This movement was first introduced in the NOMSO Minimatik, an accurate and affordable offer from Glashütte.

The latest models from NOMOS are the Tangente, Metro and Minimatik in Nachtblau (midnight blue) and of course with the ‘Neomatik’ DUW 3001 calibre movement. Watches that can be used for both formal and more casual occasions. The midnight blue, or nachtblau if we stick to German, is a beautiful dark blue tone that has been used for the dials of these new Tangente, Metro and Minimatik watches. The Tangente Neomatik Nachtblau uses a a silver color for its Arabic numerals and stick markers and a strong orange color for

the small running seconds. In the minute track, you will find a green color to indicate every other 5 minutes. The long sleek hands are polished silver to give them the right contrast to the dark dial.

 

The Metro Neomatik Nachtblau and Minimatik Nachtblau use the same midnight blue color for their dials and orange for the small running seconds, but a faux-patina kind of color for their Arabic numerals. The design differences in casing, hands and dial lay-out are still obvious and remains a matter of taste as to which one you most prefer.

 

What they have in common, besides having a Nachtblau dial, is the DUW 3001 movement. An in-house constructed automatic movement with the NOMOS swing system (their own escapement) with a power reserve of approximately 42 hours. But there’s more, the movement has a beautiful Glashütte ¾ plate (which is a Glashütte ‘thing’ for most of the brands from that village), rhodium plated surfaces with the Glashütte ‘waves’ and perlage.

Whichever model you pick from the NOMOS collection, you will be a proud owner of great German watchmaking.