Nomos Glashütte

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NOMOS Glashütte
Industry Watchmaking
Founded 1990
Founder Roland Schwertner
Headquarters Glashütte, Germany
Products Watches
Number of employees
260[1]
Website nomos-watches.com
NOMOS watch, model Ludwig (2005)
NOMOS watch, model Ludwig, sapphire crystal glass back (2005)
NOMOS watch, model Tangente neomatik (introduced 2016)
The caliber DUW 3001 (introduced 2015)

NOMOS Glashütte is a German watchmaking company based in Glashütte, Saxony, which specializes in manual-winding and automatic mechanical watches. It was founded in January 1990, two months after the fall of the Berlin Wall, by Roland Schwertner. The designs for the first collection were drawn up by Susanne Günther, drawing influence from the Bauhaus purist style. NOMOS's designs have been widely praised for their clean and modernist aesthetic.[2] In its early years, the company focused on manufacturing mechanical watches with hand-wound movements.[3] The basis for the movement was, until 2005, the Swiss-made ETA SA / Peseux 7001. Annual production is approximately 20,000 pieces.[4]

Since 2005, NOMOS Glashütte has only used in-house movements.[5] Beginning with α (Alpha), a manual winding caliber, the range has since been expanded to include a range of other manual winding movements with additional functions. The first automatic NOMOS watch, the Tangomat, was first introduced in the summer of 2005. NOMOS Glashütte has gradually expanded its range of watches to include new models and sizes, such as Ahoi and Metro.

In 2013 the company introduced two gold models to its collection, Lambda and Lux.[6]

In 2014, the company unveiled its own in-house escapement, known as the NOMOS swing system.[7] This new component is gradually being introduced into NOMOS’ caliber range, which is also being renamed.

In 2015, NOMOS Glashütte introduced its tenth in-house caliber, DUW 3001.[8] At 3.2 mm in height, this thin automatic caliber is currently exclusive to the neomatik series, launched at BaselWorld 2016.[9]

Models[edit]

There are currently twelve NOMOS watch models, which come in a number of variations. These are:

  • Tangente (originally hand-wound with optional date function, power reserve indicator, white or champagner dial, in 33, 35, and 38 mm diameter; also available as a limited edition for Doctors Without Borders in the UK, USA, and Germany; an automatic model was released in 2015 which houses the new DUW 3001 in-house caliber)
  • Tangomat (automatic in 38 mm diameter with optional date function, white or dark-colored dial, and world time function)
  • Ahoi (automatic, 40 mm in diameter with water-resistance to 20 atm, optional date function, dark or white dial)
  • Metro (hand-wound in 37 or 38mm diameter with date and power reserve indicator; a 35 mm automatic model was released in 2015 which houses the new DUW 3001 in-house caliber, a dark, white of champagner dial is available)
  • Minimatik (automatic model was released in 2015 which houses the new DUW 3001 in-house caliber, white or champagner dial, in 35.5 mm diameter)
  • Club (hand-wound with optional automatic winding, date function, white or dark-colored dial, in 36, 38, and 40 mm diameter)
  • Ludwig (hand-wound with optional automatic winding, date function, white or champagner dial, in 33, 35, and 38 mm diameter; an automatic model was released in 2015 which houses the new DUW 3001 in-house caliber)
  • Zurich (automatic in 40 mm diameter with optional date function, various dial colors, and world time function)
  • Tetra (hand-wound with optional power reserve indicator, various dial colors, in 27 and 29.5 mm diameter; also available as a special edition for Doctors Without Borders in Germany; an 33mm automatic model was released in 2016 which houses the new DUW 3001 in-house caliber)
  • Orion (hand-wound with optional date function, various dial colors, in 33, 35, 36 and 38 mm diameter; an automatic model was released in 2015 which houses the new DUW 3001 in-house caliber)
  • Lux (hand-wound shape watch in 18 kt white or rose gold, various dial colors, in two sizes: 40.5 x 36 mm and 38.5 x 34 mm)
  • Lambda (hand-wound watch in 18 kt white or rose gold; black, deep blue or off-white dial, in two sizes: 39 and 42 mm diameter)

Calibers[edit]

NOMOS Glashütte currently produces fourteen in-house calibers with various complications. These are:

  • α (Alpha), manual winding, 43-hour power reserve
  • β (Beta), manual winding, date indicator, 42-hour power reserve
  • γ (Gamma), manual winding, power reserve indicator, 43-hour power reserve
  • δ (Delta), manual winding, date indicator, power reserve indicator, 42-hour power reserve
  • ε (Epsilon), automatic winding, 43-hour power reserve
  • ζ (Zeta), automatic winding, date indicator, 42-hour power reserve
  • ξ (Xi), automatic winding, worldtimer function, 42-hour power reserve
  • DUW 1001, manual winding, power reserve indicator, 84-hour power reserve
  • DUW 3001, automatic winding, NOMOS swing system, 42-hour power reserve
  • DUW 2002, manual winding, tonneau shape, 84-hour power reserve
  • DUW 4101, manual winding, NOMOS swing system, date indicator, 42-hour power reserve
  • DUW 4301, manual winding, NOMOS swing system, power reserve indicator, 43-hour power reserve
  • DUW 4401, manual winding, NOMOS swing system, power reserve indicator, date indicator, 42-hour power reserve
  • DUW 5201, automatic winding, NOMOS swing system, worldtimer function, 24-hour indicator, 42-hour power reserve

See also[edit]

Literature[edit]

  • Schmid, Hans Heinrich: Lexikon der Deutschen Uhrenindustrie 1850 - 1980 : [1]
  • Design Klassiker, Die Tangente von NOMOS Glashütte, ISBN 3-7643-6840-3.
  • NOMOS Glashütte - Das große Universallexikon Berlin: Birkhäuser 2004, ISBN 3-00-018473-2.
  • Doerr, Elizabeth: Bravo, NOMOS! How The Metro will Change the Watch Game : [2]
  • Quill & Pad: How Does NOMOS Glashutte Make A Beautiful Watch With Manufacture Movement For Under $3,000? : [3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NOMOS Glashütte: Facts, figures, and the essentials" (PDF) (Press release). 
  2. ^ NOMOS Glashütte homepage - Prizes and Awards
  3. ^ "SalonQP spotlight shines on NOMOS Glashütte watches". Telegraph. 2012-10-30. Retrieved 2012-11-12. 
  4. ^ Michael Clerizo (27 November 2014). "Saxony Ticks All The Boxes". WSJ. 
  5. ^ "In-house production". nomos-glashuette.com. 16 March 2016. 
  6. ^ NOMOS Glashütte homepage - The gold collection
  7. ^ NOMOS Glashütte homepage - With a swing in the movement
  8. ^ "The motor of the next generation" (PDF). nomos-glashuette.com. August 2016. 
  9. ^ "neomatik—a success, now in series" (PDF). nomos-glashuette.com. 16 March 2016. 

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