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japke watchgirl & the nomos club neomatik

Japke a.k.a. japke_watchgirl

Even though I am a 15 year old girl, my love for watches isn’t exactly new. Even in elementary school I built a simple clock with my dad and made a presentation about the history of telling time. My dad owning a microbrand watch shop and me helping out with the packing and shipping maybe was the start of it all. 

Anyway, it wasn’t weird for me to wear mechanical watches to school from the age of 10. When I turned 14 last year, I asked a watch-box to store the watches I wear. Mostly loaners from dad’s shop with my favorites being some awesome Seiko’s (Cocktail Starlight and SARX055) and the Halios Seaforth’s (in various colors and even one with a bronze case that I actually got as present from Jason, Halios’ owner). 

Obviously my friends in class use their phones, sometimes a smart watch or a Daniel Wellington, but in general they hardly have an interest in watches. I don’t mind. I love to share the passion with my father and to visit watch shops everywhere, also on holidays.   

During one of those holidays in 2019 we visited a Nomos dealer in Munich. Up until then I really liked whatever I could get my hands on, but when seeing the Nomos watches in real life, a totally new and fresh spark ignited. I realized they were really ‘me’ and that feeling was strong. 

Back home I started browsing the internet, checking Chrono24, watchrecon.com and various blogs, online magazines and review sites to learn more. Also, I knew my dad had some friends at Ace Jewelers and they kindly helped me to get a Nomos Orion poster for my bedroom. All the support helped me to save up all my money for a Nomos. In the meantime I created a separate watch account on Instagram to share pictures of the watches I enjoyed.

Minimatikal obviously has been a great source of information for me as well. Just when the saving got hard (there are lots of other things you can  spend your money on when you’re 15), I received a package from Dale at ACE, sent via @NomiesForLife. In it was this fantastic Nomos Club neomatik Siren White for me to wear and enjoy. They even put on an S-sized strap knowing my wrists are tiny. I still don’t know how to describe the feeling. I mean, really? This isn’t exactly a shabby watch to simply send to a teenager, right?  I was just totally confused, but very, very, very excited!

Asking cautiously what I could do with it, the answer was an easy “just wear it and enjoy it, don’t be afraid to scratch it”. Well, I am not too shy to follow good advice, so that is exactly what I did. 

My first post on Insta of the Club was April 8th. Since then my Instagram account has only grown with people who shared my love for watches and Nomos in particular. Even people whom I followed in admiration myself. I still feel a bit lonely as a teenage girl in a world that is dominated by mainly older men, but hey: someone has to change the balance, right?

Like for many of you reading this, also for me, it is nice to engage with others who share your passion online. Especially since my real-life friends simply couldn’t care less. 

Back to the watch itself: the Club Siren White is exactly what it says: very white and fresh. I thought it was a great watch to wear on sunny days, with the light making the contrast between the dial and the red and blue accents stand out even more. It actually fitted my 14,5 cm wrist well considering the relatively long lugs. Maybe because I was used to wearing 40-41mm watches before. I would say it is “just on the edge”. 

During (online) classes I took it off now and then to have a look at its amazing automatic movement and its decoration. I am not an educated watch maker, but anyone can see the difference between more standard Miyota, ETA or Seiko movements I was used to and this top grade finished movement.

Knowing that this ticks inside adds lots of value for me. It feels like carrying a hidden secret on your wrist. Just for me to know and enjoy. 

With the grey nylon two-piece strap, I actually had no big issues wearing it with my regular outfits. Because yes, I’m a girl who likes her watch to fit her style. Even in quarantine.

After months of wearing it a lot (5 days a week on average), I finally returned it last week (August). It was really hard to leave behind, but I was very excited to exchange it for the Nomos I finally had been able to save up for. If you want to see which model I chose, have a look at my Instagram account

Maybe Minimatikal will allow me to share the story behind my choice in another blog. In the meantime, you are welcome to follow me (or my dad as he is jealous of the attention his girl is getting)!

PS: can I just say I am truly overwhelmed by how the team of Ace and the people behind Minimatikal have supported my passion by their enthusiasm, cheering me on to stay a watch girl! So thank you!

Japke

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in our studio: NOMOS Club Neomatik Siren White

This morning we received a NOMOS Club Neomatik Siren White (ref. 744). The watch is already en-route to one of our esteemed friends in the Middle East – but of course not before spending a few minutes in front of our lens.

I must say I am quite taken with this piece! The Club is my fav NOMOS and this might just be one of NOMOS’ best yet. The red and blue just pop against that gloss white dial. It just screams summer and makes me long for long hot days on the beach.

The NOMOS Club Siren White is available at Ace Jewelers.

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nomos club 701 discontinued? update

On May 30th I published a post on the discontinuation of our beloved Club 701 and 703:

“Yesterday the sad news reached me that the both the NOMOS Club 701 and it’s see-through back sibling the NOMOS Club 703 are now officially discontinued. As of today they are no longer available for retailers to order through NOMOS as they have no stock left!” (full article).

The Club 701 and 703 however are still available for order to this day, both through NOMOS-Glashuette.com as well as through the NOMOS Corner – which is the system us Authorized Dealers use to place our orders. This led me to ask my contacts in Glashütte about the status of these earlier this week. Today I got my answer:

After we have decided and announced to discontinue the Club 701, we had suddenly so many request that we believed we shouldn’t make our NOMOS Fans unhappy, so we ordered more missing parts to build more.

It is discontinued but as long as we have several cases or dials, we can still build if retailers are ordering…

While I am not 100% sure what this means in terms of numbers or time frame, I guess this is good news for us Club fans?

Update 19/7/2019

Dear Dale,

we are fine thank you.

As long as we have the parts of the watch we can produce it, but you have right in foreseeable future this watch is sold out. I hope this was helpfully for you.

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editorial: interview with Stephan of ForASec

Interview with Stephan of ForASec Watches about the new limited edition: Nomos Club Campus Amsterdam

Past Saturday Stephan and his daughter Japke paid a visit to our offices in Amsterdam, where I had the prototype of the NOMOS Club Campus Amsterdam available for them to fiddle with. Stephan subsequently interviewed himself (not weird at all, really!) about the watch.

Stephan is the owner of ForASec Watches. With this company he offers an impressive portfolio of micro brands, including Margrette, Halios and Seals. Besides these smaller brands he also has a raging passion for the Omega Speedmaster Professional. His love for watches has spread well into the next generation, as witnessed by yours truly during this father-and-daughter visit.

Did you like the new Ace x Nomos watch?

S: Yes, I loved it on my wrist. Lots of stuff to look at and funny how the sub dial makes it stand out when looking at it from a distance. Would somehow love a red suede strap to go with it.

I already put it on a red alligator Stephan, and have a red tropic on order. Way ahead of you!

Any particular features that stood out?

S: Yes. As said that subdial and let’s not forget the movement! I love hand winders because they show more of the movement than automatics. The finishing is really outstanding! My daughter loved the three X’s on the crown. Quirky details like that are appreciated.

Will you get one?

S: Tempted but still thinking on how to explain the wife that our teenager goes to school wearing this.

Any final words?

S; Outstanding collaboration that combines two of your passions. Nomos and Ace for me combine well. Both versatile, committed, a little bit nerdy but most of all passionate.

You should make a sticker.

Oh, wait…..

Follow Stephan on Instagram and make sure to pay his website a visit!

Thank you Stephan and Japke!

The Club Campus Amsterdam is available in our boutiques, on AceJewelers.com and right here on Minimatikal.

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editorial: Interview with Dale Vito

Interview Dale vito Nomos Club Campus Amsterdam Limited Edition Ace Jewelers

Interview with Dale from Ace Jewelers about the new limited edition: Nomos Club Campus Amsterdam

Dale took time to share a cup of coffee and answer some questions about the new released limited edition: Ace x Nomos Club Campus Amsterdam.

He has been with Ace Jewelers since 2012 and spends his time at the Ace Online offices. Besides watches he likes cycling, and on a good day you might even catch him riding his bike from Amersfoort to Amsterdam and back. 

Interview Dale vito Nomos Club Campus Amsterdam Limited Edition Ace Jewelers

How did NOMOS come on your radar?

D: It must’ve been around 2004-2005, when I was endlessly browsing forums such as WatchUSeek and TimeZone. The first time I really took notice was with the release of the Tangomat.

Interview Dale vito Nomos Club Campus Amsterdam Limited Edition Ace Jewelers

What do you like about NOMOS?

D: Over the years I’ve come to appreciate the signature NOMOS style, and approach to manufacturing more and more. I like how they stick to a certain look and feel. You either love it or hate it, but you know a NOMOS when you see one! Since working with them I’ve also come to love the kindness of the people and their down-to-earth attitude. No wild champagne-showered parties, no polo matches, no flashy ambassadors – just watches.

You already unveiled a first limited edition with NOMOS in 2017, celebrating the 100 Years of de Stijl. How has it been received?

D: I’d say pretty well! It was the first time we embarked on a project like this, so it really was a big experiment for us. We knew the Orion de Stijl wouldn’t be for everyone, but it sold well and we got a lot of good press and reactions from around the world.

Interview Dale vito Nomos Club Campus Amsterdam Limited Edition Ace Jewelers

What made you interested in working on a second Limited Edition and what is special about it?

D: We had great fun with the Orion de Stijl, and at the same time we learned a lot. The fact that this watch was unique to us meant that we really had to market it ourselves. In the run-up Alon and I bugged them with a crazy amount of designs, concepts and ideas. I think we were both happy to be allowed to bring another one to fruition!

I think the best part is that it is the first limited edition based on the Club Campus that NOMOS has done. The contrasting sub dial and red numerals really give it a unique look – yet it is still 100% NOMOS.

Why a Club Campus?

D: It is well-published that the Club is my favorite NOMOS. It is classic with a funky twist. I like the robust and sturdy case, and highly appreciate its 100m water resistance. The fact that it is one of the most affordable models doesn’t hurt either…

What was the inspiration during the designing process?

D: As I said earlier, we made up a huge number of different designs. Some of them were quite out there! But black-red-white color scheme based on the Amsterdam city shield was something we kept getting back to. It’s a classic combination. It also works well on many models and hopefully we’ll be given the opportunity to do another NOMOS with these colors in the future.

Interview Dale vito Nomos Club Campus Amsterdam Limited Edition Ace Jewelers

What should I wear with this watch?

I’d love to see what people come up with in terms of straps. I’ve tried a few already but can’t wait to see more.  I’m looking forward the most to wearing mine on a beach with swimming trunks, on either a rubber or canvas strap.

How many pieces will be available and where can I buy it?

It’s made as a limited edition of 75 pieces. It is available in our boutiques, on AceJewelers.com and right here on Minimatikal.

Can you describe Amsterdam in three words?

Beautiful – When – Sunny

Or alternatively;

Terrible – For – Cycling (when clipped-in on a road bike that is)

What is your favorite spot in Amsterdam?

D: I’d love a top 10 Strava notation on the Plantage Middenlaan segment. But I’d need to shave off about 6 seconds!

Many thanks Dale for your time and answers!

More info about the watch: click here 😉