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new: NOMOS Ahoi Neomatik Signal White & Club Neomatik Signal White

This week NOMOS added two watches to its Aqua collection; the Club Neomatik Signal White reference 744, and the Ahoi Neomatik Signal White reference 564.

Just in time for summer 2018, NOMOS introduced two new members of the Aqua family: the Club Neomatik 744 and the Ahoi Neomatik 564. Both feature the new Signal White dial, which is bright white rather than silverish, with red and blue accents & numerals. Time is indicated through tempered blue hands for the hours & minutes, and a deep red seconds hand. For both the Ahoi as well as the Club there’s now a choice of five dial colors – the Nameless silver, the dark-blue Atlantik, the Siren WhiteSiren Blue, and Siren Red.

I quite like these, especially the Club. The dial looks more crisp compared to the regular silver one, and the blue hands provide ample contrast. The red & blue details add a nautical vibe which makes me long for a long slow day at the beach. I think these dials fall nicely in between the more subdued silver & Atlantik and the all-out Signal Blue & Signal Red. Nicely done!

The NOMOS Club Neomatik Signal White reference 744 has a stainless steel case of 37,0mm, water resistant up to 20 atm. It has a retail price of EUR 2.500 incl. VAT.

The NOMOS Ahoi Neomatik Signal White reference 564 has a stainless steel case of 36,3 mm, water resistant up to 20 atm. It has a retail price of EUR 3.240 incl. VAT.

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it’s official – the NOMOS Club 701 & 703 are discontinued!

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!

 

As many of you know I have a deep affection for the 701 – it’s cool, rugged and affordable. It’s discontinuation isn’t all that surprising though. I suspected as much when the 2018 price list came out, and of course the Campus collection has been the new entry-level NOMOS for quite a while now. This morning I will spend spamming all of our contacts at NOMOS to check if we can still get a few for our stock. If your local NOMOS AD still has one, it’s a watch I highly recommend.

EDIT – one more 701 will find its way to Amsterdam. After that, it is to the best of my knowledge that one final batch of approx 30-50 will be finished and made available once they come out of production.

For now, please enjoy these pics of my own 701 from our archives!

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Interview Felix Scholz

A coffee and small (watch)talk with Felix Scholz

Felix Scholz interview Nomos Minimatikal

Despite of his German sounding name and good level in French, Felix Scholz was born and raised in Australia. The Australian watchfreak has been writing about watches for over nine years, having written for Hodinkee and Revolution before becoming the editor of Time+Tide, a watch media group in Australia.

I met Felix for the first time in Geneva during the SIHH two years ago and worked with him as an intern at Time+Tide’s headquarters, in the most liveable city, Melbourne.
Felix is mostly interested in what draws people to watches, and how people express their style through their wrists. It was also easy to notice that Felix has a great interest in Nomos and we were very curious about his personal opinion on the German brand. So now, let’s talk about watches!

How did you get to know about Nomos?

I guess I’ve been paying attention to Nomos since about 2006, 2007? I found out about them quite early on in my own ‘watch journey’. When I started paying attention to watches I was really into a lot of smaller, more affordable German brands. To my mind these makers offered something a bit different to the Swiss, and were quite good value. Flieger-style watches were quite popular then, so first seeing the clear, clean lines of Nomos really made an impression. The more I learned, the more impressed I was!

Nomos in 3 words?

There’s two words I’m going to avoid — the ‘m’ word and the ‘b’ word. Minimal and Bauhaus. Just because they’re over-used and Nomos isn’t *really* Bauhaus. So. Three words. Clean, self-assured and playful.

What is your favorite Nomos watch and why?

Ah, it’s like picking your favourite movie or book — impossible! Having said that, I have a soft spot for the classic Clubs (see below). I really like the boldness of the Lux, the classicism of the Orion (doesn’t work on my wrist though, sadly), and the Ahoi — such an original take on a sports/dive watch.

Are you owning a Nomos watch? If so, which one(s) and what do you like about it/them?

I do own a Nomos! Only one, a Club Automat. I’m fond of this watch for a few reasons — but mostly because it arrived in the post the day before my son was born. For that reason it’s one of the few that I would never sell. Sentimental reasons aside, I like this version because I find the auto a bit more practical than a manual wind, and the larger size works well for me too. Design-wise it’s clean and dressy, but not overly formal.. I like the 100m of water resistance, oh and the bright orange highlights. I guess I like everything about it really.

Nomos Club watch Felix Scholz Minimatikal

Which Nomos watch would you like to acquire in the future and why?

Another tricky question! I go through phases, but the one I settle on the most is the Ahoi. It suits my lifestyle, and I like the new fabric straps. And while there’s a few options I think I’d go for thew new neomatik — that movement is such an impressive achievement. Perhaps the Atlantik dial, to provide contrast to the Club.

What do you expect from Nomos at Baselworld this year and what are you hoping for?

Well, I did not see the Club re-vamp coming last year — that was a real surprise for me, as was the super bold use of colour. they haven’t done too much with their core, collection recently, so maybe some new dials and movement upgrades there? I would like to see a new small complication? A new, simpler dual time would be super cool.

May all your wishes come true! The countdown until Baselworld 2018 has just started and everyone is impatient and excited to see what Nomos will unveil this year.
Minimatikal will be on the alert, stay tuned..! 

Felix Scholz Nomos Club Minimatikal
Felix’s Club Automat
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hands-on: NOMOS Club Neomatik Siren Red 743

What watch would you choose if NOMOS offered to lend you one, carte blanche?

My #1 choice was the Club Neomatik Signalrot, introduced at BaselWorld 2017, and one of the latest, greatest and most colorful Club models yet.

Background

My favorite NOMOS is the Club. More specifically it’s the Club 701, which is one of their most affordable watches. I’ve worn mine almost non-stop ever since I acquired it, and I am not about to stop. In fact I love it so much that I would seriously entertain the idea of adding another Club to the stable. So, when NOMOS asked me which watch I’d like to wear for a Minimatikal review, I instantly knew the first one had to be the Club Neomatik Signalrot – a self-winding Club with a powerful red dial. How would this funky upper class Club compare to my simple 701, and would that funky red dial feel after a few days?

The Basics

the size and dimensions of the nomos club neomatik watch

The Club Neomatik was introduced at BaselWorld 2017. It features a stainless steel case of 37mm excluding crown, which is rated water resistant up to 20 atmosphere of pressure. It is fitted with sapphire crystal glasses on both front and back, the latter allowing for a view of the in-house, self-winding caliber DUW 3001. I measured the lug to lug to be about 47.2mm, and it takes 18mm straps.

The Club Neomatik is not the most expensive Club model – that’d be the Automatic Date. However considering it is powered by NOMOS’ latest and thinnest self-winding movement, it is arguably the most high-end model of the range in terms of specifications. Finally, at the moment of writing it is available with a choice of four dials; silver, dark blue or ‘Atlantik’, light blue or ‘Signalblau’, and finally red or ‘Signalrot’.

nomos club neomatik - the 2017 dial variations

Club Neomatik versus Club Alpha

nomos club 701 with alpha movement versus nomos club neomatik

When I first took the Club Signalrot out of its packaging and strapped it on, it instantly felt at home. Of course the dimensions are very similar to my Club 701; 37 versus 36 mm diameter, 48.4 versus 47.2 mm lug-to-lug, and finally 9.2mm versus 8.1 mm in height. They’re all rather modest increases. I found the difference in height to the most noticeable – which is probably partly caused by the different shape and feel of the sapphire crystal back compared to the stainless steel one found on my own.

nomos club neomatik versus alpha

The finish of the case seems to be one or two notches above the simpler Club – or is it just difference in price that’s playing tricks with my mind? The transition between the case body and the lugs seems more articulate on the Neomatik , with sharper separations between the two on both the side as well as on the top.

The difference in movements is mainly a matter of taste. I’m a fan of the simple Alpha movement and I enjoy the ritual of winding it. However, the DUW3001 ‘Neomatik’ is a beautiful movement and a perfect representation of the direction NOMOS’ is heading in. It does come at a price though; when both have a sapphire crystal back the difference is almost 100%, and it’s even greater when compared to my 701.

That Red

So, let’s talk about the dial. In German it’s called Signalrot, but surprisingly it isn’t quite the RAL color of the same name. Also, in real life it appears a bit lighter than it does on the NOMOS stock images, and the grain is not as obvious. It is a warm and vibrant red. According to NOMOS it should remind you of corals and rubber boats. I was mainly thinking summer and sunsets on the beach though – and longing for those every time I looked at it!  The Club is a pretty playful watch to start with and this color really takes it to the next level. At the same time the subtle dimensions of the watch prevent it from being overly loud.

As this was a loaner I didn’t play around with straps but rather wore it on the grayish textile it was supplied with. It’s a good match that enhances the overall summer vibe. I imagine finding a better match would be quite a challenge, as of course the dial color does limited your options. It is a challenge I’d gladly take on though!

Final Thoughts

I love this watch. It’s cheerful yet packs a serious horological punch, and it stands out without being overpowering. It wears much more easily than I expected, and it was every bit as much fun once the novelty wore off. It’s not for everyone, and I wouldn’t recommend it as a first watch – but it makes for a fun addition if you already own a NOMOS (or other watch) in a more traditional color. I’d love to add it to my own little stable, though not without thoroughly inspecting the Signalblau, which I adore too. Last but not least, I think it’d make sense for NOMOS to also offer at least one of these vibrant colors in the more accessibly priced Alpha-powered Clubs.

nomos club neomatik signalrot 743 on the wrist

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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.