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press release: NOMOS Club Campus U

Translated from a Chinese original.

[May 2021, China] Introducing the NOMOS Club Campus U

The NOMOS Club Campus U is a Chinese-market exclusive based on th 38.5mm NOMOS Club Campus. But why the name Club Campus U? U is “You”, meaning different personalities of people. Just as each person has more than one character, either calm and quiet; or straightforward and bold, or reserved and introverted, the Club Campus U can show different sides in different situations. U is also “Unity”, meaning that the combination of different personalities is the complete self. The contrast dial design of the watch is independent but indispensable. It is the embodiment of U and Unity. The colors are combined to form a complete Club Campus U watch, dedicated to the energetic younger generation. Introverted or exuded, reserved or enthusiastic, every angle is full of vitality, young people with dreams have unlimited possibilities.

The NOMOS Club Campus U watch has an outstanding appearance, following the recognizable simplicity of NOMOS. The watch has a diameter of 38.5 mm, and the dial with a contrasting design is full of personality: the main dial is black, in sharp contrast with the white small seconds dial at 6 o’clock. The rose gold-plated hands, Arabic and Roman numerals are equipped with Superluminova fluorescent coating, which allows time to be read time also in dark places. The matching blue-black waterproof fabric strap gives the watch a dynamic and energetic atmosphere.

The NOMOS Club Campus U is water proof up to 10 ATM (100 meters), making it suitable for various water activities. The watch is powered by NOMOS self-made manual winding Alpha movement, and can be fitted with either a stainless steel or a sapphire crystal case back. Through the transparent bottom cover, you can also appreciate Glashütte’s distinctive watchmaking features: the three-quarters main plate, tempered blue steel screws, and Glashütte stripe polishing.

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jeroensv & the nomos amsterdam series / club siren white

My friend JeroenSV is a watch collector and motorcar fanatic. Besides his day job as a mechanical engineer, you may often find him behind the lens of a camera. His favourite subjects? Rather unsurprisingly it’s cars and watches. You may find his work over at WatchWorks Haarlem, where he’s the sole photographer, and at Van Santen & Vink, a company he founded together with childhood friend Dimer van Santen. I’m a fan!

A few weeks back I took a little detour on my way to work to drop off a couple of watches for Jeroen to mess around with. Today I am proud to share the result. Enjoy – and make sure to give Jeroen a follow via @JeroenSV!

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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!

For more information I recommend a listen to the Tenn & Two podcast.

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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.