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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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press release: NOMOS Ludwig 175 Years Watchmaking Glashütte

Watchmakers in Glashütte have been crafting precision timepieces since 1845. NOMOS Glashütte is celebrating this anniversary with three special editions of its classic watch Ludwig. Each of the three models—with handwound caliber, neomatik caliber, or neomatik date caliber—is being manufactured in a limited edition of 175 pieces adjusted according to chronometer standards.

In a new special edition celebrating 175 years of the watchmaker’s art in Glashütte, Ludwig takes classicism a tick further: The Roman numerals on its enamel-white dial are complemented by blue-tempered leaf hands and a railroad track minute scale; engraved on the caseback of sapphire glass is a limited edition marking and the words “175 Years Watchmaking Glashütte.”

Three special anniversary models, three handcrafted movements: inside these watches ticks the tried and true handwound movement Alpha, the self-winding neomatik movement DUW 3001, or the neomatik date movement DUW 6101 — the automatic versions also featuring the NOMOS swing system. All three movements, manufactured in-house in Glashütte, are reliable pacesetters—and are regulated according to chronometer standards.

The NOMOS Ludwig 175 Years Watchmaking Glashütte are available for pre-order at our partner Ace Jewelers:

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New: Ace x NOMOS Tangente 38 Amsterdam Limited Edition

Ace Jewelers introduces the NOMOS Tangente 38 Amsterdam, a limited edition of 45 pieces.

Earlier this week, we introduced the NOMOS Tangente 38 Amsterdam over at Ace Jewelers, our mothership. It’s the third watch in our ongoing Amsterdam series, and our fourth limited edition NOMOS in total – the first being the funky Orion 100 Years De Stijl. In this post I’d like to give a glimpse behind the scenes of its conception.

If you mention NOMOS’ watches to anyone with even the slightest interest in watches, the first model that springs to mind is the Tangente. Without any doubt it’s their most emblematic watch – in fact, NOMOS refers to it as ‘the archetypal NOMOS watch’. Yet, three limited editions in, we hadn’t touched upon this timeless classic. Well, there’s no escaping it now – our fourth would have to be a Tangente.

Now, this is where it gets hard. I know the word icon gets thrown around a lot, but as far as I’m concerned in case of the Tangente it’s warranted. And how do you improve upon an icon? How do you add your own character whilst respecting the original design? There’ve been a lot of limited edition Tangente models over the years, especially in the first decade of the 2000’s. Some of them I’d consider a success, others not so much. Many times with just a dash of colour, or a retailers name replacing the signature, whilst others featured more elaborate changes to the design.

One thing we didn’t want to deviate from was our Amsterdam-theme. We had done two Amsterdam NOMOS before, and to make it a proper series we felt we needed at least three. So this would have to be a Tangente Amsterdam, meaning dressed in the colors black, white and red. We’re getting somewhere here.

But how to incorporate these colours and make the watch stand out? Dark dial, white print, red seconds hand? Meh… But it suddenly hit me. One of my favourite releases of the past few years has been the Tangente 100 Jahre Bauhaus. Here the Tangente features an additional design element in the form of a contrasting minute track. It didn’t take long to put together a couple of design proposals based on the Bauhaus design, using the color codes of the Amsterdam series.

We sent them in to the NOMOS design team and it all went fast from there. NOMOS liked our proposals, sent back with their favourite with only a minor addition in the form of the XXX’s at 6:00, we approved (or rather, we were IN LOVE!). Fast-forward a couple months and here’s the prototype. WOW – it works even better in real life!

I must admit I never saw the Tangente as a watch for myself, although I greatly admired its design. Well, no longer. Although our prototype doesn’t run and I’m working from home (which might or might not be ‘dressed’ in my swimming trunks), I’ve been prancing around with it for a couple of days now – and yes, I’ll have mine – lucky #13 please ! It’s a proper stunner, full of character, powerful yet subtle and delicate. I simply love it.

The Ace x NOMOS Tangente 38 Amsterdam is available exclusively at Ace Jewelers.

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2019 NOMOS Limited Edition

I need your help guys!

I thought it’d be fun to do a little poll on which limited launched in the past year is best. I’m still trying to figure out which plug-in or website works best for this, but in the meanwhile I have already compiled a list of limited edition NOMOS watches launched in 2019. But please do me a favor – please check to see if any are missing (all links to their respective WatchBase entries);

101.S17 Tangente Loki Schmidt

101.S18 Tangente Glück Auf

123.S10 Tangente 33 Four Seasons Fall / Akane

123.S11 Tangente 33 Four Seasons Spring / Enju

139.S18 Tangente 35 Four Seasons Fall / Akane

139.S19 Tangente 35 Four Seasons Winter / Yakusugi

139.S20 Tangente 35 Four Seasons Spring / Enju

139.S50 Tangente 35 Antoine de Macedo Saint-Germain Paris

140.S2 Tangente Neomatik 39 Ärzte ohne Grenzen

140.S3 Tangente Neomatik 39 Red Dot 2019 Commemorative Edition Salmon

140.S4 Tangente Neomatik 39 Red Dot 2019 Commemorative Edition Silver

140.S5 Tangente Neomatik 39 Red Dot 2019 Commemorative Edition Ruthenium

140.S6 Tangente Neomatik 39 Red Dot 2019 Commemorative Edition Blue

164.S13 Tangente 38 Four Seasons Summer / Ai

175.S2 Tangente Neomatik Ärzte ohne Grenzen

501.S6 Tangente Sport Hodinkee                                                       

601.S10 Tangomat A Century of Bauhaus Red

601.S11 Tangomat A Century of Bauhaus Blue

601.S12 Tangomat A Century of Bauhaus Yellow

601.S13 Tangomat für Ärzte ohne Grenzen

641.S1 Tangomat Glück Auf

708.S2 Club Campus 36 National Breast Cancer Foundation

736.S2 Club Campus 38 National Breast Cancer Foundation

737.RE Club Campus 38 Relojes Especiales (S1?)

737.S2 Club Campus 38 J9

772.S1 Club Automat Datum Troverie

805.S21 Zürich Weltzeit Amsterdam

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new: NOMOS Club Campus 38 J9

NOMOS, its Indian retail partner Ethos Watches and J9, an India-based group of watch collectors, have collaborated to produce the NOMOS Club Campus 38 J9, a limited edition of 25 pieces.

The J9 is a group of watch collectors that was founded in India in 2016, though members hail from other parts of the world such as the USA, Hong Kong, Italy and Canada as well. The NOMOS Club Campus 38 J9 is the first watch they commissioned as a group. The choice for NOMOS, only present in India since 2017, was obvious:

“We knew we wanted to work with a niche brand for our first group watch and Nomos was an easy choice because they are well-respected and loved by many of us for their signature designs and dedication to manufacturing mechanical movements in-house. They are, arguably, the best at playful elegance. This watch represents this very well and marks an important milestone for the Indian watch collector community.”

The Club Campus 38 J9 uses the reference 737 as a base model. It features several unique touches that are the result of the collaboration between the J9 crew and NOMOS – with the brand’s Indian retail partner Ethos Watches serving as the proud enabler.

Now carrying the reference number 737.S2, the Campus J9 features a ‘Siren White’ dial, a bright, glossy white previously exclusive to the neomatik-powered watches. The numerals on the minute track as well as on the small seconds sub dial are done in Devanagari, a script developed in ancient India that is one of the most adopted writing systems in the world. On the minute track they are done in bright orange, mimicking the color of the second hand. The crown has a unique etching of 9 in Devanagari – a nod to the name of the group for whom the watch was conceptualised. The watch comes is presented on Nomos’ light grey woven textile strap.

The NOMOS Club Campus 38 J9 737.S2 is not available publicly.

For more about J9, visit WatchTime. The crew can also be found on Instagram.