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Hands-on: Nomos Zürich Weltzeit

“Travel the world with the push of a button”

I had the chance to wear the Nomos Zurich Weltzeit for a few weeks and I have to say that it was a pretty interesting experience.

The Nomos Zürich Weltzeit was released in 2014 and comes in two different color versions. One with a white silver-plated dial and the second with a midnight blue dial. The hands are faceted and rhodium-plated. The name of the watch is a tribute to the city where the designer of the watch Hannes Wettstein was living and working.

At first glance I thought that it would be way too big for me but once I got in on my wrist, I quite liked the oversized look!

The first noticeable thing while looking at this watch is obviously the different cities that lay on the dial which makes you instantly travel in less than one second.

A button enables you to travel the different time zones very quickly just by pushing it. I have to admit that it provides a very satisfying feeling and makes the watch very playful.

Nomos Zürich Weltzeit world time hands-on minimatikal

In terms of caliber, The NOMOS Zürich Weltzeit has the brand’s most complicated movement. This automatic caliber is equipped with a world time and 24-hour display. As well as a proprietary escapement, the NOMOS swing system. We can read the time both at home and in 23 other time zones (but not at the same time!).

Indeed, the Zürich Weltzeit is not a true worldtimer because it can display only two different time zones at the same time. To have an idea of what is a real World Time watch, have a look at the Patek Philippe 5230G World time.

Next to the « home symbol » you can set your home time thanks to the disc next to it, while the hands can be set to your current time zone or any time zone you want to check.

Nomos Zürich Weltzeit world time hands-on minimatikal

The Zürich Weltzeit’s case is very elaborate and add sophistication to the watch. No less than 10 separate pieces composed the case, Nomos even compares this case as a set diamond. A very welcome and important detail that distinguishes the Weltzeit to the others Nomos models that can be sometimes a bit stead for some people.

Nomos Zürich Weltzeit world time hands-on minimatikal

What do I think about his watch?

Two important things have to be said about this watch. Its lug-to-lug distance is around 48mm, which makes it honestly difficult for a small lady’s wrist to wear it if you are not crazy about oversized watches.

Another thing is that the home time displayed on the disc is very small and can be hard to read. 50+, get your glasses on.

But overall, The Zürich Weltzeit is a true good-looking watch. It gives you a travel style without any pretention. Thanks to its versatile design, it’s very easy to wear it with casual clothes as well as an elegant suit.

Of course the watch is really handy if you often travel the world or need to have the time of a specific time zone. In Nomos’ collection, the Zürich Weltzeit is truly the watch of the world.

More details : Ref. 805

CASE

stainless steel, tripartite
sapphire crystal glass back

GLASS

domed sapphire crystal glass with anti-reflective coating

WINDING

automatic

DIMENSIONS

diameter 39.9 mm
height 10.85 mm
weight 74 g

WATER RESISTANCE

3 atm (splash-proof)

DIAL

galvanized, white silver-plated, with world time and 24-hour indicator

HANDS

rhodium-plated, faceted

STRAP

Horween Genuine Shell Cordovan black
lug width 20mm

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Hands-on: NOMOS Tangente Neomatik 41 Update

Tangente, updated.

 

For Baselworld 2018, Nomos unveiled their Neomatik classics: Orion, Tangente and Ludwig, updated.

Each of them features now a new unique tailor-made date display. This playful innovation showcases the watchmaking skills of Nomos Glashütte and we couldn’t resist putting our hands on the intriguing Tangente Neomatik Update. In this post we will briefly go over the basics of this watch!

 Tangente Neomatik Update Minimatikal hands on

THE CASE

The bipartite stainless steel case has a diameter of 40.5 mm, is 7.9 mm high and weighs 58 g. We measured the lug-to-lug distance: +/- 48.2mm. It features a sapphire crystal glass with anti-reflective coating. Regarding the water resistance, the watch is suitable for showering (5 ATM).

THE DIAL

The dial is galvanized and white silver-plated with a playful Date ring. Two red dots highlights today’s date. The hands are oxidized black.

THE MOVEMENT

This automatic watch features Nomos’ in-house built caliber : DUW 6101. The movement diameter is 15 ½ lines (35.2mm) with a height of 3.6mm. The power reserve is up to 42 hours. It is The first neomatik caliber with a date mechanism. Rob Nudds gave us all the ins and outs of this movement in a guest post, which you’ll find right here.

Tangente Neomatik Update Minimatikal hands on

THE STRAP

The watch comes with a Horween Genuine Shell Cordovan black strap with a lug width of 20mm. It is fitted with their winged buckle in 18mm. The folding clasp is optional – but available HERE.

Tangente Neomatik Update Minimatikal hands on

What do I think about this watch?

The circular date is very original and add a fun twist to the minimalist design of the Tangente. The touch of red is also very welcome on such a refined and neutral dial.

However, the 40.5mm diameter of the watch makes it difficult for a women to wear it. Even if oversized watches can look amazing on female wrists, I think this one is just not flattering [sorry ladies]. The lines are just too hard, and the lugs too long. It looked amazing on Dale’s wrist though; here it sat much more naturally and can be combined with many outfits.

Such a man’s world 😉

 

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The Petit Four series

Caution: if you are hungry don’t read this article.

Baselworld 2018 Nomos novelties Petit Four series Minimatikal
For Baselworld 2018, Nomos just unveiled their new delicacies: The Petit Four series. The Nomos classic Tetra in 4 new colors: Tetra Pearl, Tetra Azure, Tetra Matcha and Tetra Grenadine.

Tetra Pearl

Baselworld 2018 Nomos novelties Petit Four series MinimatikalThe Tetra Pearl features golden hands, the finishing touch to its powdery pink dial. They are accompanied by indexes in violet; “if this Tetra were placed in the window of a Parisian pâtisserie, it would be long gone” – according to Nomos. The slender case is featured with a velour leather strap.

Tetra Azure

Baselworld 2018 Nomos novelties Petit Four series MinimatikalThe blue “azure” color of the dial is supposed to remind you of a clear summer sky. An ode to the beautiful days that should come soon in Europe. A very contemporary and poetic model that features green hands and grey indexes.

Tetra Matcha

Baselworld 2018 Nomos novelties Petit Four series MinimatikalTetra Matcha is undoubtedly eye-catching. The light green dial adds a fresh touch to the watch. The watch features silver hands and deep blue indexes.

Tetra Grenadine

Baselworld 2018 Nomos novelties Petit Four series MinimatikalTetra Grenadine is inspired by pomegranates. The fruity bold red color of the dial makes it a noticeable watch. The watch is dressed with dark red indexes and golden hands.

Baselworld 2018 Nomos novelties Petit Four series MinimatikalWithin the four new versions of the NOMOS classic Tetra: the NOMOS hand-wound caliber Alpha. The Alpha caliber is NOMOS Glashütte’s highly acclaimed classic. It was their first movement and the one that ticks inside Tangente, Ludwig, Tetra, Orion, Club and all the watches in their 33 series.

Without falling in the trap of cliché, the Petit Four series seem to target a female audience, even if their style is versatile. We have to admit that we found these watches very sweet. The colors are quite entertaining and, of course, it looks delicious. Maybe we would have appreciated a smaller size than the classic 29.5mm square Tetra that would better fit the name and the atmosphere of the collection. In the end, Nomos proved once again their limitless creativity with these fresh new limited editions.

Stay tuned for other Baselworld novelties and bon appétit!

Baselworld 2018 Nomos novelties Petit Four series Minimatikal

More details (Tetra Pearl)

CASE
stainless steel, bipartite
sapphire crystal glass back
GLASS
sapphire crystal glass
WINDING
manual
DIMENSIONS
size 29.5 mm x 29.5 mm
height 6.5 mm
weight 36 g
WATER RESISTANCE
3 atm (splash-proof)
DIAL
rose
HANDS
gold-plated, seconds hand dark red
STRAP
Velour leather gray
lug width 18mm

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Another iF Design Award for NOMOS!

Nomos just won another iF Design Award this year, honoring the design of the Metro. Each year, iF International Forum Design GmbH organizes one of the world’s most celebrated design competitions: the iF Design Award. With over 5,000 submissions from 70 countries every year, the competition became a symbol of design excellence and Nomos can now add a prestigious 7th Award to their collection.

About the International Forum Design

The iF has been honoring outstanding achievements in design for over 60 years and is one of the oldest and most respected prizes in the industry.
In 1953, to overcome the bad effects of World War II, a group of industry representatives met with the Hannover Trade Fair company. Their aim was to draw attention to particularly well-designed industrial products. They wanted to communicate the importance of design and all it can achieve: for users, for brands and for societies.

Since 1953, iF is following six core principles:
– To identify, support and promote good design
– To raise awareness of design among the public and the role it plays in our lives
– To help companies integrate design into their long-term strategies
– To safeguard the role of professional designer and boost awareness for this job profile
– To effect social change through design
– To support talented young people and create a public platform for young designers

The red iF logo became afterwards a symbol of design excellence and great achievement for the brands and designers. The iF main project is the organization of their two competitions :
– The iF Design Award for professionals.
– The iF Design Talent Award for students, a free competition to support young designers.

iF Design Award Nomos Metro Mark Braun Minimatikal

The iF Design Award competition

The iF Design award enables professionals from all over the world to compete in 7 different disciplines :
1. Product
2. Packaging
3. Communication
4. Interior Architecture
5. Professional Concept
6. Service Design / UX
7. Architecture

Within every discipline can be found different categories. As for instance, 19 different categories are under “Product” including Watches & Jewelry.
Concerning the Jury and evaluation criteria, about 60 design-experts from over 20 countries evaluate according to 5 established criteria the award winners: Innovation and Elaboration, Functionality, Aesthetics, Responsibility and Positioning.

On 9 March 2018, the iF Design Award night was held at BMW Welt in Munich and the 75 best entries were rewarded with the iF gold award. 2,000 guests from 41 countries were there to celebrate the winners.
Regarding the benefits of the award winners, they can use the red iF label for as long as their award-winning product is on the market. They will also be featured in the iF World Design guide, on the iF design app and the award-winning design will be showcased in the iF design exhibition in Hamburg in March, June and October.

 

The Metro neomatik 39 silvercut design: 7th Award for Nomos!

NOMOS Glashütte has been honored once again for their watch design : an iF Design Award for the seventh time in succession for Metro neomatik 39 silvercut.
The expert jury selected this year the bestselling NOMOS timepiece, which is equipped with the proprietary automatic movement DUW 3001.

iF Design Award Nomos Metro Mark Braun MinimatikalIt’s also the celebration of the German designer Mark Braun, very proud of his achievement: “The tips of the hands resemble the Empire State Building in New York; the diamond knurling on the crown is a tribute to the watchmaking tools from Glashütte. The sapphire crystal glass is slightly curved, while the dial—brushed horizontally with an elegant, silver-gray finish—features fine detailing. Thanks to the in-house-built, automatic caliber DUW 3001, this timepiece is typically NOMOS: ultra thin and highly precise. ”.

Mark Braun is not a watch designer, he was noticed by the creative head of Nomos after having designing a collection of whisky bottles. Since then, the designer works closely with the brand on different projects in his Berlin-based studio.

iF Design Award Nomos Metro Mark Braun Minimatikal

NOMOS watches have received over 140 awards for design and quality, another one can be added on their list, proving once again their distinctive and successful approach on luxury timepieces.

Among the award- winning NOMOS watches: Tangente neomatik midnight blue won the famed prize last year; and before it, Minimatik in 2016. In the preceding years Metro (2015), Ahoi (2014), Tangomat GMT Plus (2013) and Zürich (2012) have been awarded the prize as well.

Nomos’ Awards wall