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press release: NOMOS Club Campus Neomatik (with BRACELET!)

Campus is growing, with three brand-new watches joining the series.

It began two years ago with “The Graduate’s Club”—and now we are building on the success of these beautiful hand-wound versions of the classic NOMOS model Club. The new additions have an automatic movement and, for the very first time at NOMOS Glashütte, a bracelet as well.

The new timepieces

These neomatik models in the Campus series are based on our classic Club design, which sports a youthful and robust case. The dial, which comes in light and dark versions, bears a unique combination of Roman and Arabic numerals. Thanks to the new and innovative neomatik caliber inside these watches, DUW 3001, they are well-proportioned, highly precise—and yet remain surprisingly affordable. Automatic timepieces with in-house built calibers have never been seen before in this price range. Another first: the new NOMOS bracelet made of stainless steel.

Where to find these new watches

Club Campus neomatik, Club Campus neomatik 39, and Club Campus neomatik 39 midnight blue are available for pre-order through our partners over at Ace Jewelers. They will be presented for the first time at Baselworld 2019.

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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.

Stay tuned for more.

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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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hands-on: a NOMOS Club on vintage Bracelet / part 1

In my article for Ace Magazine I wrote about how I think of the Club as a modern alternative to watches of the 1940’s and 1950’s. I recently acquired a Eternamatic from that era, fitted with a Gay Freres bonklip-style bracelet. This morning I decided to give it a try on the NOMOS Club 701.

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