Ludwig Automatik Anthrazit
Yes – another cool & discontinued NOMOS made its way to Minimatikal! The watch we have here is the Ludwig Automatik, which is quite a rare sight in itself. Pair that with the Anthrazit dial and you have yourself an exceedingly uncommon NOMOS.
The Ludwig is the only NOMOS model to sport Roman numerals rather than stick indexes or Arabic numerals. Of course these are done in proper NOMOS style: stripped down to the bare essentials. There are no serifs or any other form of adornment. In proper watchmaking tradition the IV is replaced by IIII to provide some counterbalance for the heavy VIII. They’re surrounded by a so-called Railroad minute track. All print is done in a light grey tone.
As with the Orion Anthrazit, the black dial completely changes the look of the Ludwig. Normally it’s one of the most classical watches in the NOMOS collection, with its formal black Roman numerals on a silver background. Swap the dial for black and a different character emerges. Mysterious, styles & elegant yet a tad villainous. Seen Hannibal (the series) with Mads Mikkelsen as the title character? He’d rock it.
This Ludwig Automatik Anthrazit is powered by the Epsilon movement, which was NOMOS’ first self-winding movement. The case measures 40mm across at a height of 8.4mm, with the lug-to-lug coming in at 50mm sharp. On the wrist it feels substantial but not overwhelming. The case band slopes down towards the sapphire crystal back, which makes it appear quite flat. Just like the curved lugs this is not so obvious from the pictures, but they’re great details that also set it apart from the more rigid Tangente. In addition, I also feel the black dial makes it appear slightly smaller when compared to the silver / white.
While now discontinued, the present Ludwid Automatik Anthrazit came to us straight from NOMOS. It is sold with the box, papers and full warranty through Ace Jewelers. It is fitted with a black Shell Cordovan but I’d be happy to swap it out for any other NOMOS strap you might prefer.