Editor’s Note: Nomos’ slender Minimatik is a colour-packed watch that vividly demonstrates that minimalism doesn’t need to be stuffy. Oh, and it’s packing heat where it counts too – in the form of the slender in-house DUW 3001 movement.
If you came here looking for our expert opinion, expressed with the utmost of erudition, on the brand new Nomos Minimatik I must apologise in advance, because I’m going to spend a good chunk of this article talking about the least visible aspect of the watch. The fact is, the Minimatik is a big deal because of the DUW 3001 movement that powers it.
It’s Nomos’ second movement (and first auto) featuring their new completely in-house escapement, the impressive swing system that they introduced last year. It comes in at a super slim 3.2mm high, but also manages to be robust and reliable enough to meet chronometer standards. No easy feat for a mass production movement.
The DUW 3001 will be the new Nomos workhorse, flexible enough to comfortably fit inside the slimmest dress watch, or to form the base for whatever complications Nomos have in store. This is the movement that will elevate the brand from well respected and slightly quirky German indies to industry powerhouse in the years to come.
But that’s the future. For now we have to be content with this movement being rolled out in a refurbished Tangente, and the brand new Minimatik. The first thing to know about the Minimatik is that the marketing for this watch is pitching the 35.5mm timepiece squarely at the ladies, but it would work just fine on dudes who are down with smaller diameters.
Aesthetically the Minimatik is obviously a Nomos. Clean lines, clever use of colour – all the hallmarks are there. As a design the dial is a bit of a mash-up between the Metro and the Club, and it really works. The colours in particular, bordeaux red hands, ink blue numerals and little splashes of gold really sing together. The most common complaint about Nomos is that the watches are too sterile, and (if you’re being harsh) boring. I can see where this is coming from on their super classic designs like the Tangente or the Ludwig, but Nomos is moving with the times and recent watches like this one and the Metro have enough going on design wise (while still retaining the super clean aesthetic) to be a solid rebuff to this sort of criticism. There is no doubt their line up is getting stronger.
Nomos have been a hit machine lately, and the Minimatik is no exception. But what I’m really hoping to see is a 40mm ‘Maximatic’ version of this design next year.
Nomos Minimatik Australian pricing
The Minimatik will retail for $5300 AUD