Nomos may be one of the younger players in the watch scene, but they’ve already well and truly stamped their mark on the industry. A very minimalist-looking one, to be sure, but that does not mean that their purist Bauhaus/Deutscher Werkbund-inspired designs are boring. Far from it. There’s nothing ho-hum about a manufacturer who has been making its own movements since 2005, and whose latest calibre – the DUW 3001 – not only uses their own designed and built escapement system but is also their thinnest automatic movement yet. Now that excitement of thin in-house goodness is combined with an extra visual punch on the outside, as they’ve added not just a splash but an entire bucket of colour to the Ahoi collection with the introduction of two new ‘Aqua’ colourways – signalblau (siren blue) and signalrot (siren red). We’re already familiar with the silvery-white and Atlantic-blue dials of the sporty Ahoi, and while – at the risk of contradicting my earlier self – they were safe and rather plain choices, these new dial colours add a couple of vibrant, fresh faces to the collection. I know what you’re thinking: “Bauhaus designers don’t do bright colours… do they?” Well, while the vast… Read More
Dutch design seems to be synonymous with eccentricities, oddities and a flair for the abstract. Characterised by typical and anomalous arrangements and a general nonconformist approach, “De Stijl” design tends to be polarising, to say the least. The term “De Stijl” literally translates to “the style”, and is also known as neoplasticism. Unless you’re up on your 20th-century design, you might not be too familiar with what this movement is or where it came from. So let me give you a quick rundown. De Stijl was founded in 1917, in the Dutch city of Leiden. It consisted of a broad sweep of practitioners — virtually anyone who had an artistic flair. Fine artists, sculptors, architects or a carpenters, all had their place. The movement largely focused on abstraction and universality, as well as functionality and a penchant for block-shaped imagery. The big name you might recognise is Piet Mondrian. Now on to the watch. Created in collaboration with Ace Jewellers, renowned watch and art lovers, and built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the De Stijl movement, this Nomos and Ace limited edition is an intriguing timepiece that subtly reflects the movement’s simplicity. Essentially a 38mm manually wound Orion, the… Read More
If you’re an avid follower of our Instagram stories, you might have overheard my candid thoughts on the new entry level Nomos as we captured some scenic pre-Basel scene-setting. As Andrew live-panned a view of the Rhine, I could be heard distinctly in the background saying, “Ooh, new Nomos … huh, not sure about that.” The reason for my reticence (I’m typically effervescent about my favourite German watch brand) was the dial, particularly those two Roman numerals on the bottom half. First, some background on the Club. This round, slightly less classical Nomos has been a stalwart of their line-up for years. It’s always been billed as a watch for younger people, or your first ‘good’ watch. The Club Campus is, in many ways, the extension of this concept. The proposition of the Campus is that it’s explicitly aimed at students, whether as a watch to wear while you study, or as a tangible way to celebrate your graduation. What this means is that the Campus is a watch that’s been stripped back to the essentials in terms of both functionality and price. The Club Campus is offered in a white-dialled 36mm version and larger 38mm versions in white or… Read More
For many years, the Nomos recipe for watchmaking success was straightforward: take clean-yet-quirky dial details with a few dashes of colour, set this against a neutral black or white backdrop and wrap the whole thing into a steel case. Not the most groundbreaking approach, but it’s certainly been effective in helping Nomos – once the definition of ‘a watch lover’s watch brand’ – grow in popularity to the point where it’s now an increasingly important player. Of course, with growth comes the need to evolve and innovate. And so, in the past few years Nomos has been busy on both fronts, developing the Swing System and slim new neomatik movements, as well as experimenting with precious metals (on the Lux and Lambda) and some new colour schemes (though to be fair, they’ve dabbled palette-wise before, but typically with their limited editions). The somewhat teutonically named Metro neomatik Champagner is a perfect example of this ‘new Nomos’, powered by the impressive neomatik DUW3001 movement and decked out in soft champagne tones, with popping neon highlights originally seen on the ‘First Edition’ series. (In fact, the only discernable difference between that limited series and this regular production model is the shade of the ‘neomatik’ dial text.) A… Read More
We’re big fans of German brand Nomos Glashütte here at Time+Tide, and we know there’s a lot of love for them out there in the wider watch world, too. What we didn’t know is that Jimmy Smits is into them – or rather that his character Mr Santiago is, in the most recent episode of Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine. In a cameo that nicely references his NYPD Blue role, Smits plays the father of Amy, love interest to Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), who shares his daughter’s obsessive love of detail and organisation. Jake, eager to impress his girlfriend’s dad, compiles an extensive dossier of research on him, which is where Nomos comes in. Here’s how it goes down: Mr Santiago: So, do you have a favourite watch maker? Jake: I do, but I actually have to run to the bathroom real quick. (Jake runs outside to consult his binder) Jake: (flipping through binder) Watches… gotcha! (Jake runs back to Mr Santiago) Jake: I guess if I had to pick one watch, it’d be Nomos Glashütte – it’s a German company based in Saxony… speaking of which I think I dropped a bit of a Glashütte in the baño. Steer clear. Props to the screenwriters for… Read More
This watch story is a little different from most because, well, I’m talking about one of my own watches. It’s one that, since I bought it just over 18 months ago has come to dominate my wrist (in between review watches of course) – a Nomos Club that has become quite special to me. Why this one? I’ve been a big fan of Nomos for a long time, obviously because its watches look good, but also because it has such great integrity as a company. Initially I was drawn to the dressy looks of the Orion, but once I had the opportunity to review it back when I was writing for Hodinkee, I came to realise it wasn’t the watch for me – too small for my wrist. Which led me to this. The Club is one of their older models and, until they released the Ahoi, it was also their sportiest. I knew from my experience with the Orion that the 36mm manual version would be too petite, and I prefer the cleaner no-date look, so that left the 40mm automatic version. What makes it special? Well, I picked this up from a Spanish seller, and didn’t realise until I received it that… Read More
I didn’t know much about Nomos when I told Time+Tide I was going to be in the Glashütte area. They did minimal watches. They did some in-house movements. The Time+Tide team seem pretty into them. That was about it. Still, there was enough intrigue to put my hand up for a tour of their facilities, if one was possible. This was quickly arranged by the good people at Nomos. I was off. First, a bit about me. If the name looks familiar it’s because I’m Andrew’s brother. He’s been into watches for years but I’m new to this thing and at this stage I’m coming at it more from design and style than anything else. But I’m already feeling the pull. I have a growing list of ‘grail watches’ sketched on the blackboard of my mind and am forever drawn to a love story – in people and in business. When people and business combine, it can make for a glorious dance, as their story and dedication to an ideal are intertwined, making it nearly impossible to pull them apart without destroying both. The only other thing I knew about Nomos was that they had something going on with their story… Read More
Overnight Nomos dropped 10 new references – five models, each executed in a white dial with blue details or a champagne dial with neon orange highlights – that represent a significant update of their core lines. The new collection is called the neomatik First Edition and, besides the new dials and updated cases, the big news is that all 10 are powered by Nomos’ slender, completely in-house automatic calibre, the DUW 30001 – a movement that, incidentally, cost around 15 million Euro to develop. It’s unusual for a brand to make such a big announcement outside of Baselworld, but Nomos isn’t your typical brand. In fact, they promise they’ll have yet more new neomatiks for Baselworld 2016 – as a result, the neomatik First Edition will only be produced in 2015. So, get them while you can.