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.