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press release: NOMOS Glashütte in pole position

Leading from the get-go: The new NOMOS watch Autobahn has won the renowned Red Dot Award—the first big prize for this sporty automatic model

Glashütte/Berlin, April 2018

Off to a flying start: Its premiere at the world trade fair for watches in Basel feels like it was only yesterday—yet Autobahn, the new watch from NOMOS Glashütte, has just won the Red Dot Design Award 2018. Its full name is Autobahn neomatik 41 date and both aesthetically and technically speaking, it has plenty to offer.

The curves of the dial and the sub-seconds entice the eye to explore this timepiece’s unfamiliar depths. The elongated date window at six o’clock is particularly easy to read, displaying three days at a glance; a luminous ring of superluminova makes the watch legible at night too. Within the slender yet robust stainless steel case ticks the second highly complex and highly precise neomatik caliber from NOMOS Glashütte, this time with a date function: DUW 6101. Just like the first neomatik caliber from the watchmaking company, this one is ultra-slim—even with its self-winding mechanism and date function.

“Autobahn is one of a kind,” says NOMOS creative director Judith Borowski. “And quick off the mark too: The fact that this watch has won an award so soon after its market launch is particularly special for us.” Werner Aisslinger and Tina Bunyaprasit, who designed this timepiece in collaboration with NOMOS Glashütte, are delighted too: “This is the highlight of a great collaboration with todays most interesting watchmaking brand for designers.”

Along with the white silver-plated version, Autobahn neomatik 41 date also comes with dials in midnight blue and sports gray. This is not the first Red Dot Award for NOMOS Glashütte: Ten other watches from NOMOS Glashütte have already been honored with this esteemed prize, which started in 1954. “Red Dot” is an award recognized around the world for denoting excellence; it stands for innovative products with outstanding form, function, aesthetics, and quality. The official award ceremony for Autobahn takes place on July 9 in Essen, Germany.

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press release: neomatik with a date

Slender automatic calibers and the watches powered by them have never been more in the spotlight at NOMOS Glashütte. All because the second neomatik movement is now here—reimagined and rebuilt, complete with a date function

Glashütte/Berlin, March 2018

The goal was a quick-set date—and should that bring further technological advances, then all the better. The result? The new neomatik caliber DUW 6101 from NOMOS Glashütte, offering several advantages thanks to its intelligent construction. With a diameter of 35.2 millimeters it is not only very large, but at a mere 3.6 millimeters in height it is extraordinarily flat too, since this movement was completely reconstructed to integrate the date. As such, it is perfectly suited for classic watches that fit wonderfully between the wrist and the shirt cuff. An overview of the caliber:

— The date on watches with this caliber is located exactly where it belongs—both traditionally and aesthetically: at the edge of the dial. This is unique for timepieces with a diameter beyond 40 millimeters.

— The new caliber facilitates a particularly large, legible date. The date ring was set around the DUW 6101 movement, which afforded the maximum possible freedom in terms of the design of these new watches; for a highly individual and harmonious timepiece aesthetic. Each watch has its own date ring design.

— The new NOMOS date mechanism is quick and easy to set—in both directions: A few turns of the crown is all that is required to change the date. Despite the limited movement height, this was made possible by a specially shaped gear wheel, which connects with the date disk.

— High precision is also ensured by the NOMOS swing system, the proprietary escapement recognizable by the tempered blue balance spring.

— Unique to DUW 6101: The gold-plated lettering on the rotor is embossed; and the words “reguliert in 6 Lagen” (regulated in 6 positions) are engraved in two colors on the bottom plate. This NOMOS caliber is lavishly polished and decorated—a piece of classic Glashütte watchmaking, in other words, and a rarity today.

“Perhaps at first glance one sees simply a new caliber with a date function. But take a second look and you realize that this innovation surpasses anything else available on the market,” says Uwe Ahrendt, engineer and NOMOS CEO. “This has never existed before.”

The process of patenting this caliber is underway. For now, four NOMOS models are equipped with this neomatik date technology: Tangente neomatik 41 Update, Orion neomatik 41 date, Ludwig neomatik 41 date, and Autobahn. All are available from spring 2018.

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press release: Double recognition for NOMOS watches

NOMOS Glashütte has been accepted into the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH)—and its watches are now available with Bucherer

Glashütte/Berlin, February 2018

Timepieces from NOMOS Glashütte’s workshops in Germany are now available with Bucherer Jewellers in Switzerland. Following Bucherer’s locations in Germany, Bucherer Switzerland is now launching this innovative brand in Jelmoli on Zurich’s Bahnhofstrasse. NOMOS CEO Uwe Ahrendt is delighted: “It is a real recognition of our brand, since Switzerland is considered to be watchmaking’s ‘large canton’.”

NOMOS Glashütte is one of the few owner-operated watchmaking companies in Germany: All its calibers are designed and built in-house; including the ticking heart of every watch—the escapement. The prices of these timepieces are also remarkable, at between 1000 and 4000 CHF, excluding a small selection of gold models.

The brand’s launch in Switzerland is complemented by the news that it has just been selected as a ‘Perimeter Brand’ by the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH). The FHH, the foundation and organizer behind the Geneva watch salon, promotes the interests of the traditional heritage of fine watchmaking.

[Dale] ; to learn more about the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie and its objectives I recommend their White Paper, which is available as PDF in either the light or full version. We’ll go in-depth on what NOMOS acceptation into the foundation means soon.


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press release: NOMOS Glashütte is awarded its 7th iF Design Award

This is the seventh time in succession that the watchmaking company has received one of the most prestigious design awards in the industry—this time with Metro neomatik 39 silvercut

Glashütte/Berlin, February 2018

It’s yet another award for NOMOS Glashütte: Arguably the most successful manufacturer of mechanical watches in Germany has received the
iF Design Award for the seventh time in succession—for Metro neomatik 39 silvercut. With this award, the brand has been honored once again for outstanding product design. The expert jury selected the bestselling NOMOS timepiece, which is equipped with the proprietary automatic movement DUW 3001, from over 6,400 products from 54 countries.

Of the finest Glashütte caliber and conceived in Berlin, Metro was designed by Mark Braun for NOMOS Glashütte: “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,” says the renowned designer. 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. “That the expert jury are so impressed by Metro makes us immensely proud”, says NOMOS’ Creative Director, Judith Borowski.

The iF Award has been honoring outstanding achievements in design for over 60 years and is one of the oldest and most respected prizes in the industry. Among the award- winning “hallmarks of modernity” are numerous NOMOS watches: Tangente neomatik midnight blue won the famed prize only 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 Glashütte has become particularly well known through its Tangente model, and is regarded as a manufacturer of classic mechanical timepieces in the traditions of the Deutscher Werkbund and Bauhaus. To date, NOMOS watches have received over 140 awards for design and quality.