Introducing the NOMOS Zürich Weltzeit Amsterdam – a limited edition of 25 pieces created for Ace Jewelers of Amsterdam.
Friends – I am super excited to finally introduce you to the latest limited edition of Ace Jewelers: the Zürich Weltzeit Amsterdam! You may know that Minimatikal is part of Ace Jewelers. It’s like our little online NOMOS boutique. Or flagship store. Anyway, as such I’ve been closely involved with this project. It’s the third limited edition we’ve done with NOMOS and the second in the ‘Amsterdam’ sub-series.
This time we went with the Zürich Weltzeit as a base model. It’s NOMOS most complicated watch and one that I’ve written about on this blog once or twice. In its standard configuration the Weltzeit exists in either silver or blue. Other variations have been made, like the porcelain-like white of Topper Jewelers and the rose-colored ‘Red Dot’ of The Hour Glass. Never has the Zürich Weltzeit been done in black though. And that’s exactly what we’ve done!
The black dial is unique already, but we’ve added a few other subtle touches that truly make this an ‘Amsterdam’ edition. GMT+1 is now Amsterdam rather than Berlin – in bright red too – and the little home icon normally found at 3:00 is replaced by the flag of Amsterdam. Finally, the crown is engraved with the three Amsterdam crosses (like on our Club Campus Amsterdam) while the case back is engraved with ZÜRICH LIMITED EDITION AMSTERDAM FOR ACE JEWELERS X/25. Yes, 25 pieces only!
NOMOS Glashütte is releasing another new limited special-edition in support of emergency aid—for the first time with its automatic model Tangomat
GLASHÜTTE, OCTOBER 2019. A red twelve on the otherwise straightforward dial—the latest NOMOS model for Doctors Without Borders (MSF) also bears this unmistakable symbol that has come to be associated with watches that help provide aid. The cooperation between watchmaking company NOMOS Glashütte and this Nobel Prize-winning organization began in 2012. Tangomat für Ärzte ohne Grenzen Deutschland is the eleventh model that NOMOS Glashütte has produced in support of emergency aid. An imposing watch with a 38-millimeter diameter, it is also a classic model from the watchmaking company. Ticking within is the in-house built automatic caliber DUW 5001, while the metal bracelet wears with the utmost comfort and rounds off the robust appeal of this timepiece.
250 euros from each sale goes directly to Ärzte ohne Grenzen (the section of MSF in Germany). This is how a single watch can support the treatment of 1,470 children against malaria, secure enough anesthesia for ten operations, or provide 450 people with three months’ worth of vital medicine. Despite its fine metal bracelet, and even though it is a limited edition, this version of Tangomat is available for exactly the same price as the standard model, which comes with a leather strap.
So, better times for NOMOS wearers and for people who are in need: “When it comes to brand cooperations, it is very important for Doctors Without Borders that certain principles and values are mutual. The cooperation with NOMOS Glashütte is regarded with conviction by both sides,” says Florian Westphal, General Director for MSF Germany: “Together, NOMOS Glashütte and Doctors Without Borders are saving lives.
GLASHÜTTE, OCTOBER 2019. Introducing a brand-new timepiece from NOMOS Glashütte that is not afraid to make a statement: Tetra plum. It features a rich purple dial that pays tribute to nature’s bounty. After blossoming in springtime and ripening over a long, hot summer, by early fall the harvest is ready to be enjoyed—apples and apricots, cherries, peaches, pears, and, of course, plums. This appealing timepiece looks good enough to eat, with silver accents on the numerals, indexes, and hands adding a sophisticated touch.
Measuring 29.5 by 29.5 millimeters, Tetra plum has a character all of its own—and additional functionality. The eye-catching complication between twelve and one o’clock is a power reserve indicator, reminding the wearer when it is time to wind the watch. Tetra plum is powered by the hand-wound NOMOS caliber DUW 4301, which also features the NOMOS swing system—itself a fruit of many years of labor. This proprietary escapement is designed and developed in-house, which is an exceptional achievement in the watchmaking world. Having this technological capability allows NOMOS to ensure the quality of its calibers—and the reliability of its watches.
Tetra plum may be brand new, but the Tetra model from NOMOS Glashütte is a classic design. Known for its square case and angular typography, Tetra has been part of the NOMOS collection for over 25 years. It is incredibly thin for a mechanical watch, with lugs that are almost delicate—which is why they are doubled. The round sub-seconds dial adds a contrasting touch to the clean-cut corners found elsewhere in Tetra. The overall aesthetic is harmonious and modern, with a timeless elegance that suits a wide range of wrists. Tetra plum will be available at selected retailers from October.
It’s official: Platinum in the “Luxury Goods” category of the European Product Design Award goes to Tangente Update from NOMOS Glashütte. Already a best-selling timepiece since its debut last year, this is now the third international prize for Tangente Update—following the Challenge Watch Prize for its technical and watchmaking feats at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève and the iF Design Award.
Tangente, the iconic NOMOS model, has been a bestseller since its introduction over a quarter of a century ago. Its straightforward design, angular form, and unmistakable typography have now received a timely update as Tangente neomatik 41 Update. At just under 41 millimeters in diameter, this classic timepiece has grown considerably in size and yet remains exceptionally slender. The date ring encircles the dial and features two red markers which frame the current date—a solution as practical as it is playful. This type of date display is entirely new and exclusive to NOMOS Glashütte.
The European Product Design Award (ePDA) is bestowed annually by an independent jury of design experts. Celebrating beautifully designed products that make life easier, the selection criteria include innovation, aesthetics, functionality, and sustainability.
Glashütte, May 2019. Stainless steel, sapphire crystal glass, brass, and rubies: The watchmaking company NOMOS Glashütte has always placed a great deal of importance on using the best materials. And the brand’s sporty new models with bracelets, Tangente Sport and Club Sport, feature more of them than ever. The steel and glass in the cases are around 20 percent thicker in these watches—and the seals inside are thicker too. These models are water resistant to 1000 ft, which means they perform exceptionally on land as well. Outstanding robustness was the aim of our product designers and material experts—without compromising on elegance, of course. Here is a short overview of the materials used to make these miniature vaults, which protect the fine Glashütte craftsmanship within so securely.
The dials and calibers of the new watches are protected by a thick layer of domed glass. More specifically: pure synthetic sapphire crystal glass, which has a hardness rating of nine out of ten on the Mohs scale, making it one of the hardest and most resilient materials in the world—as hard as sapphire, in fact. Made using the Verneuil (or flame-fusion) process, it is created by heating and subsequently crystallizing aluminum oxide (also called alumina). With an anti-reflective coating on both sides, this glass affords the best readability for the wearer and helps ensure that the watch can withstand great pressure.
The cases and bracelets of the new NOMOS Sport watches are made from surgical steel: type 316L stainless steel, to be exact. This means they are extremely long-lasting and resilient—and, of course, corrosion-resistant. Also used in surgical instruments, there are practically no known allergies to this material—which is important, since the watch is worn directly next to the skin.
The new stainless steel case was subject to a rigorous waterproofness test according to the “condensation principle.” The result? It withstands more than 30 bar, meaning it could easily take the weight of a thoroughbred Arabian horse in its stride. Flying over the handlebars of a mountain bike, a rocky landing while kitesurfing—no problem, at least for the watch!
The handmade Sport bracelet mentioned above is a true work of art: Featuring interlocking tongue and groove connections between the links, all the elements fit together seamlessly. This resilient bracelet brings noticeably more weight to the wrist, yet is still extremely comfortable to wear. NOMOS Glashütte sent the Sport bracelet to Switzerland for a series of exacting tests, which it passed with flying colors. Massive forces were exerted on the bracelet and its new stainless steel clasp in tens of thousands of stress cycles. Conclusion: This Glashütte beauty is indestructible.