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editorial: NOMOS is not bauhaus, its deutsche werkbund

 

In 1907, the Deutsche Werkbund was founded in Germany. The movement came to try and give Germany a better position in the global market with the Arts and crafts movement flourishing in America and England. The founders of the Deutsche Werkbund, Hermann Muthesius and Henry van de Velde, were directly inspired by William Morris, the leader of the Arts and Crafts movement. The main difference between the Werkbund and the Arts and Crafts movement that was that the Deustche Werkbund was not against using machines to produce their products. The Arts and Crafts movement was about small, independent designers being able to produce and create products by hand. The Deutsche Werkbund was about promoting designers, and using technology as a tool to better create products that are beautiful and affordable. The union of the Deutsche Werkbund helped product design in Germany flourish at the time. Germans were not afraid to use machinery to create their products, yet also had only access to quality materials. Within only seven years, there were nearly 2,000 members of the Deutsche Werkbund. The Deutsche Werkbund survived two World Wars. While there were no real rules for the types of technology that can be used like in the Arts and Craft movement, the main rule was that the form must follow function, and all ornament must be eliminated.

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weltweit: How A Small German Village Became the Most Important Place for Watches by GearPatrol

In ‘weltweit’ we keep track of NOMOS articles posted around the web.

Last week GearPatrol posted a great read on how Glashütte [re]gained its position as the #1 hub of German watchmaking.

Schwertner’s only real experience in the watchmaking industry was limited to IT consulting for a watch brand in Düsseldorf. He knew of Glashütte’s watchmaking legacy, however, and saw its potential to yet again become a luxury watchmaking mecca.

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hands-on: Nomos Metro Neomatik 39 At Work 1180

Nomos launched two new mini collections in the Autumn of 2017: the ‘At Work’ series, and the 33 series- in champagne. The new models were a bit more subtle and dressy in contrast to the Baselworld novelties. While I have yet to get my hands on any of the ’33 series- in champagne’, my favorite from the ‘At Work’ series is undoubtedly the Metro Neomatik 39 At Work in rose gold, ref. 1180.

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hands-on: NOMOS Club on vintage bracelet / Part 3

Another bracelet on my NOMOS Club 701: a straight-ended Jubilee by ROWI.

After the Bonklip & Expandro came the Jubilee.

The Jubilee is another bracelet that came with the lot I bought a while back.  The style was introduced in 1945. It was created by Gay Freres for Rolex in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the latter, arguably as a more streamlined version of the earlier beads-of-rice bracelet.

Sadly my bracelet is not made by Gay Freres (unlike the Bonklip), but rather by ROWI, a manufacturer based in Pforzheim, Germany. Though it looks good in the pic I took it off right after, as it was a bit too long and I didn’t want to go to the trouble of removing any links.

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weltweit: Nomos Timeless Club II Watch Review by ABlogToWatch

In ‘weltweit’ we keep track of NOMOS articles posted around the web.

Last Saturday ABlogToWatch posted a review of the NOMOS Timeless Club II, a limited edition created for Timeless Luxury Watches of Texas, USA.

The pop of color on this watch comes in the form of the bright red minute markings along with the red subsidiary seconds hand, which really makes this watch feel lively and sporty. And, just in case red is not your taste in color, you can opt for the blue and yellow combination which is the second variation of this watch.

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hands-on: a NOMOS Club on vintage Bracelet / Part 2

A little over a month ago I posted a picture of my NOMOS Club fitted with a vintage Gay Freres Bonklip-style bracelet. Yesterday I fitted another one, this time a vintage expandable Oyster-ish bracelet by Expandro.

When I first my NOMOS x Bonklip post, I thought I’d keep the Club on that bracelet for a day or two. I can now report that this was most certainly not the case, as I kept it on and wore it for one month straight. The mid-century look & feel greatly quite a bit, and I began to keep an eye open to other vintage bracelets.

Two weeks back I was negotiating with the seller of a LIP Himalaya, and in the process I discovered he also had a lot of some 80 vintage bracelets for sale, which he’d include for a modest premium. I quickly agreed and received my 2.5kg package a few days later. After a first sift I deemed about half of them to be in usable condition, and over the next couple of days I thoroughly cleaned every single one of them. It’s not a very pleasant job!

Over the next couple of weeks I’ll try to post a few of them here on minimatikal. First up is this expandable bracelet by Expandro, with 18mm straight end pieces and 16mm Oyster-like links. Suddenly the Club feels like a funky modern version of the Rolex Bubbleback. I like it!

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weltweit: Review – Nomos Orion “De Stijl” Limited Edition for Ace Jewelers by Monochrome

In ‘weltweit’ we keep track of NOMOS articles posted around the web.

Yesterday Monochrome Watches posted a review of the NOMOS Orion “De Stijl” Limited Edition for Ace Jewelers.

So now, if you look closer, you’ll see that on this Nomos Orion “De Stijl”, not a single index is equal to another. None have the same length, none have the same width. This is where this watch becomes just cool. Never before I’ve seen such a dial created – and it feels really pleasant.

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press release: The 2017 Capital watch brand rankings: three top spots for NOMOS Glashütte

Three golds and a bronze: In this year’s watch brand rankings by the financial journal Capital, NOMOS Glashütte was voted number one by German retailers in three categories. No other brand won as many golds as NOMOS Glashütte. We are, of course, delighted, and want to share this news with you.

Glashütte/Berlin, October 2017

We took first place in three of the most significant categories. Firstly: value for money. It demonstrates that our ten in-house calibers and groundbreaking innovations, such as the NOMOS swing system, are highly valued—as are our stable prices. It is the fourth time in a row that we have topped this category. Secondly: aesthetics. The design of our watches received more votes than any other brand; a wonderful way to confirm that when we spend our time producing timeless and beautiful watch classics, we spend it well.

For our watchmakers the most welcome win is perhaps the third: gold for excellent customer service. Watches that are robust and made with love in Glashütte seldom need to undergo repairs—but when they do, we have a fast turnaround and are always fair. And now we have that in writing, cast in gold.

NOMOS Glashütte also received bronze for its entry-level models. It’s no secret that we want to bring the joy of mechanical watches to as many people as possible—with the successful Campus series, for example.

The complete list of results and rankings is attached. We are very happy indeed!

With best wishes for a fantastic end to 2017.