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introducing: NOMOS Club 48 for Brinker’s Jewelers

Brinker’s Jewelers is proud to present the Nomos Club 48.

Founded in 1972, Brinker’s Jewelers of Evansville, Indiana, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in two years time. And while it’s not 2022 just yet, the countdown to the celebration has started with the first of a series of limited editions. Please welcome the NOMOS Club 48!

In 2009, looking to build a service department, Brinker’s Jewelers attracted Dean Powell. What started out as Dean working his magic in a room of about 10m2 is now a full-fledged service department easily 10 times bigger, with multiple watchmakers on-site, qualified and certified to work on all watch brands sold at Brinker’s.

One of the brands that Dean is particularly passionate about is NOMOS. In fact, the Glashuette-based brand was one of the first added to the stable after Dean joined Brinker’s – which also speaks for the trust placed in him by the Brinker family. As an owner of multiple NOMOS watches including the limited edition Club Campus Amsterdam, it’s been a dream of Dean’s for many years to have a limited edition for Brinker’s. And now with the 50th anniversary coming up, the perfect opportunity presented itself. But rather than one limited edition, Brinker’s is building up tension by doing one each year from now until the 2022 anniversary year. The first of these is the NOMOS Club 48, reference 737.S3.

Did you ever notice how all of NOMOS’ cases are fully polished? This is actually part of their philosophy. Whilst a brushed finish is often less expensive to apply, NOMOS prefers the polished finish. Why? A brushed finish shows scratches more easily, and is often quite hard to re-finish. A polished finish on the other hand is easy to re-do, which makes it possible to have the watch made look almost new even after decades of wear.

But this is where Dean comes in. Dean’s vision was to have a matte-cased NOMOS. To achieve this, the simplest option would of course be to put a different finish on the standard case. But keeping in mind the longevity of the finish, this simply was not an option for NOMOS. Their technical team began researching their options, and finally came to a hardening process through galvanization.

The Club was chosen as a base for this project, as the broad bezel and sturdy lugs provide the biggest canvas for the unique finish to truly show. The matte finish is carried on to the dial. The grey base perfectly matches the case, with highlights provided by the light blue lume and orange second hand. The buckle? Of course finished in the same way as the case.

The NOMOS Club 48 for Brinker’s Jewelers is powered by NOMOS alpha movement, visible through the sapphire crystal see-through back. It is individually numbered from 1/50 to 50/50. For inquiries, please contact Brinker’s Jewelers.

Thank you for sharing, Brinker’s Jewelers and Dean. I can’t wait to see what 49 and 50 will bring!

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watch: Martina Etti of NOMOS on The Ace List

Got an hour to spare? In this episode of The Ace List, Ace Jeweler‘s Alon Ben Joseph talks with Martina Etti, who is head of international sales at NOMOS Glashuette. The two discuss a wide range of topics, from the history of Deutscher Werkbund and watchmaking in Glashuette to the latest Brinker’s limited edition Club. Highly recommended!