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press release: NOMOS Lambda in steel

Perfect for every day

NOMOS Glashütte is celebrating 175 years of watchmaking history with haute horlogerie in stainless steel. Lambda enamel white, black, and blue are limited edition—and works of watchmaking art

GLASHÜTTE, OCTOBER 2020. A new stainless steel case, a new size, new dials in enamel white, black, and blue, and regulated according to chronometer standards: In short, that’s what makes these three new timepieces celebrating 175 years of Glashütte watchmaking special. Each colorway is limited to 175 pieces, and each individual watch is crafted using the traditional techniques of this historic town.

The enamel gloss of the dials offers an unusual optical depth; an effect enhanced by the curve of the dial and sapphire crystal glass. The highly-polished steel, rarely found in fine watchmaking, makes these watches suitable for everyday wear. The name Lambda stands for “intrinsic values” in mathematics—in other words, for a value that remains constant.

Lambda features a complication: the power reserve indicator. It sweeps an arc across the dial and tracks 84 hours, or three-and-a-half days, accurate to the hour. The four needle-thin hands give this watch model a graceful elegance—with fine features reminiscent of a kinetic sculpture.

The polished case of the watch frames the dial with a slender bezel, while the transition from the side to the back of the case is a radiodrome; that is, a curve with a shrinking radius. The lugs reflect the curved form of the case as well.

The mechanical movement is also something special. Lambda is powered by DUW 1001, and is the first caliber to bear the title “Deutsche Uhrenwerke NOMOS Glashütte.” A large, slender caliber with twin mainspring barrels, 29 jewels within ensure flawless functioning—with six of them in hand-polished screwed chatons, reflecting traditional watchmaking. All edges are also polished by hand, with black polishing on individual steel parts.

The fine sunburst polishing on the three-quarter plate is eye-catchingly beautiful: a polish that is only found in NOMOS timepieces, and has become a part of traditional Glashütte watchmaking since Lambda. By contrast, the regulatory system of screw balance and swan neck fine adjustment in this model has its roots in history. The spring of the swan neck fine adjustment is positioned on top of the balance cock. This reads “Lovingly produced in Glashütte” in German—a message hand-engraved by a highly skilled watchmaker. And another example of the town’s rich heritage.

NOMOS Glashütte upholds traditions while representing a modern take on watchmaking. Alongside the iconic German timepiece Tangente, NOMOS Glashütte also crafts haute horlogerie models like Lambda. And regardless of which model it is for—every caliber is handcrafted by NOMOS watchmakers in Glashütte.

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kevin lo and the nomos club

Kevin Lo a.k.a. The_Vintage_Guy

One of my favorite accounts on Instagram is without a doubt Kevin’s, who goes by the handle the_vintage_guy. I met Kevin many years ago when he was on a city trip to Amsterdam whilst studying in Europe. Kevin since moved back to Taiwan, and he’s a dentist now. But that’s not all…

Besides being a dentist Kevin is also a very talented photographer, with a keen eye for color and composition. And when he puts his photography towards his passion for watches, it results in some truly great pics. He makes the watches come alive by putting them on the wrist of -often very stylish- friends and collectors, in an effortless style that blends watchnerd’ism with fashion and lifestyle. It’s like street style photography, but then with watches. And nice watches too!

Not too long ago Kevin recently told me that he’d like to make more of a name for himself as a photographer. I had recently spotted a NOMOS Club worn by his friend Charles (@Littlefatyaa) on his profile, so why not do a shoot for Minimatikal? I am now both proud and humbled to present these pics. Thank you Kevin!

If you’re ever in need of a photographer – do consider The_Vintage_Guy!

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japke watchgirl & the nomos club neomatik

Japke a.k.a. japke_watchgirl

Even though I am a 15 year old girl, my love for watches isn’t exactly new. Even in elementary school I built a simple clock with my dad and made a presentation about the history of telling time. My dad owning a microbrand watch shop and me helping out with the packing and shipping maybe was the start of it all. 

Anyway, it wasn’t weird for me to wear mechanical watches to school from the age of 10. When I turned 14 last year, I asked a watch-box to store the watches I wear. Mostly loaners from dad’s shop with my favorites being some awesome Seiko’s (Cocktail Starlight and SARX055) and the Halios Seaforth’s (in various colors and even one with a bronze case that I actually got as present from Jason, Halios’ owner). 

Obviously my friends in class use their phones, sometimes a smart watch or a Daniel Wellington, but in general they hardly have an interest in watches. I don’t mind. I love to share the passion with my father and to visit watch shops everywhere, also on holidays.   

During one of those holidays in 2019 we visited a Nomos dealer in Munich. Up until then I really liked whatever I could get my hands on, but when seeing the Nomos watches in real life, a totally new and fresh spark ignited. I realized they were really ‘me’ and that feeling was strong. 

Back home I started browsing the internet, checking Chrono24, watchrecon.com and various blogs, online magazines and review sites to learn more. Also, I knew my dad had some friends at Ace Jewelers and they kindly helped me to get a Nomos Orion poster for my bedroom. All the support helped me to save up all my money for a Nomos. In the meantime I created a separate watch account on Instagram to share pictures of the watches I enjoyed.

Minimatikal obviously has been a great source of information for me as well. Just when the saving got hard (there are lots of other things you can  spend your money on when you’re 15), I received a package from Dale at ACE, sent via @NomiesForLife. In it was this fantastic Nomos Club neomatik Siren White for me to wear and enjoy. They even put on an S-sized strap knowing my wrists are tiny. I still don’t know how to describe the feeling. I mean, really? This isn’t exactly a shabby watch to simply send to a teenager, right?  I was just totally confused, but very, very, very excited!

Asking cautiously what I could do with it, the answer was an easy “just wear it and enjoy it, don’t be afraid to scratch it”. Well, I am not too shy to follow good advice, so that is exactly what I did. 

My first post on Insta of the Club was April 8th. Since then my Instagram account has only grown with people who shared my love for watches and Nomos in particular. Even people whom I followed in admiration myself. I still feel a bit lonely as a teenage girl in a world that is dominated by mainly older men, but hey: someone has to change the balance, right?

Like for many of you reading this, also for me, it is nice to engage with others who share your passion online. Especially since my real-life friends simply couldn’t care less. 

Back to the watch itself: the Club Siren White is exactly what it says: very white and fresh. I thought it was a great watch to wear on sunny days, with the light making the contrast between the dial and the red and blue accents stand out even more. It actually fitted my 14,5 cm wrist well considering the relatively long lugs. Maybe because I was used to wearing 40-41mm watches before. I would say it is “just on the edge”. 

During (online) classes I took it off now and then to have a look at its amazing automatic movement and its decoration. I am not an educated watch maker, but anyone can see the difference between more standard Miyota, ETA or Seiko movements I was used to and this top grade finished movement.

Knowing that this ticks inside adds lots of value for me. It feels like carrying a hidden secret on your wrist. Just for me to know and enjoy. 

With the grey nylon two-piece strap, I actually had no big issues wearing it with my regular outfits. Because yes, I’m a girl who likes her watch to fit her style. Even in quarantine.

After months of wearing it a lot (5 days a week on average), I finally returned it last week (August). It was really hard to leave behind, but I was very excited to exchange it for the Nomos I finally had been able to save up for. If you want to see which model I chose, have a look at my Instagram account

Maybe Minimatikal will allow me to share the story behind my choice in another blog. In the meantime, you are welcome to follow me (or my dad as he is jealous of the attention his girl is getting)!

PS: can I just say I am truly overwhelmed by how the team of Ace and the people behind Minimatikal have supported my passion by their enthusiasm, cheering me on to stay a watch girl! So thank you!

Japke

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press release: NOMOS CLUB CAMPUS FOR PRIDE

Limited special edition with COOL HUNTING®

Youthful, vibrant, self-assured: The six new versions of Club Campus 38 are each limited to a run of 22. This special edition was designed for and with COOL HUNTING®. The sale of each watch yields a donation of 100 USD to The Trevor Project, the non-profit organisation that has provided support to young LGBTQ+ people for 22 years. Each model proudly features a color of the rainbow flag, and their names are inspired by the colors’ meanings: Life (red), Sunlight (yellow), Serenity (blue), Healing (orange), Nature (green), Spirit (violet). And their inner values are beyond doubt: NOMOS hand-wound caliber Alpha ticks with precision for up to 43 hours.

The NOMOS Club Campus for Pride is available now and exclusively in the NOMOS Store.

Club Campus for Pride in six striking colors:

NOMOS CLUB CAMPUS 38 FOR PRIDE – LIFE

The red version of Club Campus for Pride leaves others pale in comparison. Exceptionally robust, with a stainless steel case and sapphire crystal glass—this watch is for life.

NOMOS CLUB CAMPUS 38 FOR PRIDE – SUNLIGHT

Sunshine on the wrist: This watch beams in radiant yellow. Thanks to the pink outline the white hour numerals are proudly visible.

NOMOS CLUB CAMPUS 38 FOR PRIDE – SERENITY

Indexes, Roman and Arabic numerals: It all comes together in perfect harmony in the version with the blue dial.

NOMOS CLUB CAMPUS 38 FOR PRIDE – HEALING

Make a positive impression: Club Campus 38 in eye-catching orange brightens up every day.

NOMOS CLUB CAMPUS 38 FOR PRIDE – NATURE

Out and into the wild: This version features white numerals and hands on a grass-green dial. And it’s robust: Only a diamond is harder than the sapphire crystal glass.

NOMOS CLUB CAMPUS 38 FOR PRIDE – SPIRIT

A sophisticated combination: Arabic and Roman numerals tell the time, here with a blue outline on a violet dial.

For more information please visit CoolHunting.

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new payment methods for minimatikal

A quick update from Amsterdam

Up until today the sole method of payment for purchases made through minimatikal was Paypal. But big news: today I have finally expanded our options! From now on it is also possible to pay via other methods, such as credit cards, Google Pay, Apple Pay, Sofort, iDeal, Bancontact and Alipay. I hope this new service will allow even more of you to shop with us.

Cheers!