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editorial: it’s not a worldtimer!

NOMOS refers to the travel-savvy version of the Zürich as weltzeit, or world time in English. It is however often said that the Zürich Weltzeit is not a true world timer. Is this true, and does it matter?

What is a world timer?

The undisputed king of world time watches is Patek Philippe. The Genevan masters have been doing them since the mid 1930’s, using a mechanism invented by Louis Cottier that has been continuously refined since. In the 2016 press release of the ref. 5230, they describe the function as follows:

They show all 24 world time zones at a glance. The local time is most prominently displayed for the time zone whose assigned city name is just above the small red arrow at 12 o’clock – in the classic manner with the hour and minute hands. In the other 23 zones, the times are directly readable on the 24-hour ring that rotates counterclockwise within the city disk. The minutes indicated by the minute hand are the same for all time zones.

When traveling into a different time zone, the pusher in the case at 10 o’clock is pressed as often as needed to align the respective city name with the red arrow at 12 o’clock. Each time the pusher is pressed, the hour hand will advance by one hour while the city disk and the 24-hour ring will move by one increment in the counterclockwise direction.

The key takeaway is that time is read in multiple, clearly labeled time zones simultaneously. I don’t think that there are any hard and fast rules regarding how many, but preferably 24 or more – there are some 38 in use today. With Patek it is the 24-hour ring that rotates, while with others (such as the Tissot below) it is the city disc that does.

Is the Zurich Weltzeit a world timer?

So, the Zürich Weltzeit… This watch was introduced back in 2011. Still today it is one of NOMOS’ most eleborate watches, both in terms of movement as well as case construction. As far as stainless steel NOMOS watches go, it is top of the line. But is it a world timer? It has Weltzeit in its name, so the answer must be pretty straight forward right? Eh, no.

While the Zürich Weltzeit is one of my favorite watches, it is not a world time watch in the strict sense of the word. The city disc is there to indicate which time is shown by the central hour and minute hands. The 24-hour disc at 3:00 shows home time, as indicated by the 🏠. The button at 2:00 let’s you select a different city; when pressing it the disc will jump to the next city, and the hands will show the time accordingly. In the mean time the 3:00 disc will remain stationary, displaying the time back home. Jumping between the 24 different cities is a breeze., and the oft-flawed legibility of traditional watches with world time functions is 100% on point. As per the best NOMOS tradition!

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new: Orion neomatik 41 date Olive Gold & Mightnight Blue

NOMOS introduces two new color options for the Orion neomatik 41 date!

The NOMOS Orion neomatik 41 date was introduced at BaselWorld 2018 as part of a full series of watches powered by the new caliber DUW 6101 ‘Update’. Earlier today NOMOS added two new variations to the collection: the Olive Gold and the Midnight Blue.

NOMOS Orion neomatik 41 date Olive Gold

The NOMOS Orion neomatik 41 date Olive Gold features a dial in a subdued shade of green which is highlighted by the gold tones of the hands and indexes. The date disc is made to match the color of the dial; a thoughtful detail that will delight many purists for sure. As far as I know this is an entirely new color for NOMOS?

NOMOS neomatik 41 date Mightnight Blue

The NOMOS Orion neomatik 41 date Midnight Blue features a dial in the svelte midnight blue. The hands and indexes are of a silver tone, giving this version a colder appearance. Again, the date disc is made to match the tone of the dial.

Interested in acquiring one of these? Get in touch with our partners over at Ace Jewelers, the #1 NOMOS Authorized Dealer in the world! Click for the Olive Gold and for the Midnight Blue.

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new: Tangente special edition— a century of Bauhaus

Nomos Glashuette Tangente 100 Years Bauhaus Limited Edition watch

This week NOMOS added nine watches to its Tangente collection; a series of limited edition watches to celebrate the centenary of Bauhaus.

The official press release starts with: “Tangente from NOMOS Glashütte is the most widely-known watch from Glashütte; no other model from this town famous for fine watches has been in
production longer. It is often described as a ‘Bauhaus watch’—and now the German Bauhaus movement is turning 100 years old. To mark the occasion, Tangente is available in a nine part
special edition, with each version limited to only 100 timepieces.”

Nomos Glashuette Tangente 100 Years Bauhaus Limited Edition Trio of Watches

These watches come in three sizes—33, 35, and 38 millimeters in diameter, for men and women alike, and each one comes in every primary color: a sketch paper colored dial, black
numerals and hands, encircled by a ring of red, yellow, or blue. Paul Klee’s sketches were one of the sources of inspiration for these watches.

Nomos Glashuette Tangente 100 Years Bauhaus Limited Edition Blue

Wikipedia expains that”: Staatliches Bauhaus (German: [ˈʃtaːtlɪçəs ˈbaʊˌhaʊs], commonly known simply as Bauhaus, was a German art school operational from 1919 to 1933 that combined crafts and the fine arts, and was famous for the approach to design that it publicized and taught. The Bauhaus was founded by Walter Gropius in Weimar. The German term Bauhaus—literally “building house”—was understood as meaning “School of Building”, but in spite of its name and the fact that its founder was an architect, the Bauhaus did not have an architecture department during its first years of existence. Nonetheless, it was founded with the idea of creating a “total” work of art (Gesamtkunstwerk) in which all arts, including architecture, would eventually be brought together. The Bauhaus style later became one of the most influential currents in modern design, Modernist architecture and art, design and architectural education. The Bauhaus had a profound influence upon subsequent developments in art, architecture, graphic design, interior design, industrial design, and typography.

Nomos Glashuette Tangente 100 Years Bauhaus Limited Edition Yellow

Not only this special edition, but all watches from this brand based in the famous heritage town of Glashütte are “timepieces that members of the Bauhaus movement would design and wear today,” NOMOS CEO Uwe Ahrendt is certain. “After all, they went about their work then the same way that we do now when it comes to designing our watches and the R&D that goes into the calibers. By concentrating on the essentials, leaving the superfluous to one side, and being incredibly demanding when it comes to the details that remain. By standing for the highest quality and a different, very contemporary kind of luxury. As well as a particularly beautiful form of ‘Made in Germany’.”

Nomos Glashuette Tangente 100 Years Bauhaus Limited Edition Red

Tangente 33

CASE
Stainless steel with sapphire
crystal glass, stainless steel back
with limited edition engraving
1/100, diameter 32.8 mm,
height 6.5 mm

DIAL
Sketch paper colored with blue,
yellow, or red ring

HANDS
Oxidized black

STRAP
Horween Genuine Shell Cordovan,
black, 17 mm lug width with
NOMOS buckle from stainless steel

PRICE
1260 EUR

REFERENCE NUMBER
Tangente 33 blue: 122.S1
Tangente 33 yellow: 122.S2
Tangente 33 red: 122.S3

LIMITED EDITION
Each version is limited to 100 pieces

Nomos Glashuette Tangente 100 Years Bauhaus Limited Edition Yellow Side View

Tangente 35

CASE
Stainless steel with sapphire
crystal glass, stainless steel back
with limited edition engraving
1/100, diameter 35.0 mm,
height 6.2 mm

DIAL
Sketch paper colored with blue,
yellow, or red ring

HANDS
Oxidized black

STRAP
Horween Genuine Shell Cordovan,
black, 18 mm lug width with
NOMOS buckle from stainless steel

PRICE
1360 EUR

REFERENCE NUMBER
Tangente blue: 101.S14
Tangente yellow: 101.S15
Tangente red: 101.S16

LIMITED EDITION
Each version is limited to 100 pieces

Nomos Glashuette Tangente 100 Years Bauhaus Limited Edition Blue Close-up

Tangente 38

CASE
Stainless steel with sapphire
crystal glass, stainless steel back
with limited edition engraving
1/100, diameter 37.5 mm,
height 6.7 mm

DIAL
Sketch paper colored with blue,
yellow, or red ring

HANDS
Oxidized black

STRAP
Horween Genuine Shell Cordovan,
black, 19 mm lug width with
NOMOS buckle from stainless steel

PRICE
1520 EUR

REFERENCE NUMBER
Tangente 38 blue: 165.S2
Tangente 38 yellow: 165.S3
Tangente 38 red: 165.S4

LIMITED EDITION
Each version is limited to 100 pieces

Nomos Glashuette Tangente 100 Years Bauhaus Limited Edition Blue Caseback

The caliber used is the in-house NOMOS Alpha movement. Read more about it on WatchBase.com.

The models of this special edition, “A Century of Bauhaus”, will be available at authorized NOMOS retailers. With a birthday gift from NOMOS Glashütte — as these watches come with a generous ‘100th anniversary discount’.

Obviously Ace Jewelers in Amsterdam will be selling them and they are taking pre-orders as of today. Click here for more info.

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new: NOMOS Ahoi Neomatik Signal White & Club Neomatik Signal White

This week NOMOS added two watches to its Aqua collection; the Club Neomatik Signal White reference 744, and the Ahoi Neomatik Signal White reference 564.

Just in time for summer 2018, NOMOS introduced two new members of the Aqua family: the Club Neomatik 744 and the Ahoi Neomatik 564. Both feature the new Signal White dial, which is bright white rather than silverish, with red and blue accents & numerals. Time is indicated through tempered blue hands for the hours & minutes, and a deep red seconds hand. For both the Ahoi as well as the Club there’s now a choice of five dial colors – the Nameless silver, the dark-blue Atlantik, the Siren WhiteSiren Blue, and Siren Red.

I quite like these, especially the Club. The dial looks more crisp compared to the regular silver one, and the blue hands provide ample contrast. The red & blue details add a nautical vibe which makes me long for a long slow day at the beach. I think these dials fall nicely in between the more subdued silver & Atlantik and the all-out Signal Blue & Signal Red. Nicely done!

The NOMOS Club Neomatik Signal White reference 744 has a stainless steel case of 37,0mm, water resistant up to 20 atm. It has a retail price of EUR 2.500 incl. VAT.

The NOMOS Ahoi Neomatik Signal White reference 564 has a stainless steel case of 36,3 mm, water resistant up to 20 atm. It has a retail price of EUR 3.240 incl. VAT.

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ace x nomos de stijl poster

Here’s a fun poster Elise created for our Ace x NOMOS Orion 100 Years de Stijl Limited Edition. It highlights the changes we made to the original Orion, and shows the uncompromised (or even improved?) of legibility of the dial – the unique markers notwithstanding. It’s inspired by a 2006 ad we found on ClubNomos.de for Juwelier Roller. Get in touch with us in case you’re interested in owning one of these – we have a small number of them left!