NOMOS - Transcendent timepieces
Glashütte, October 2013
NOMOS - Transcendent timepieces [Bearbeiten]
NOMOS Glashütte is presenting two uncompromisingly beautiful watches—high-end timepieces produced in very small numbers. With the designation “Deutsche Uhrenwerke NOMOS Glashütte”, the boutique watchmaking firm is underlining its status as a caliber manufacturer.
NOMOS Glashütte is unveiling two new watches in October, in which both the attention to detail and the effort involved in production and watchmaking has been brought to perfection. Lux and Lambda are the names of the two new hand-wound models “Made in Glashütte, Germany”. These two exquisite watches will be available in white gold. The Lambda model also comes in rose gold—and with a dial that is silver-plated by granulation.
The timepieces, which will be produced in very small numbers, combine Glashütte fine watchmaking with NOMOS characteristics and simply timeless design. NOMOS General Manager Uwe Ahrendt, 44: “We wanted to create works of watchmaking art, individual pieces which demonstrate what we can do. Watches that will stay beautiful over decades to come—and with a value that will continue to grow.”
The Lambda model is round, while Lux has a classic Tonneau shape. The light-colored dials under the curved sapphire crystals are refined, understated and as fine as pencil drawings: the Lambda model is cream, while the Lux model comes in blue and off-white. The caliber side, which is visible in both cases through the generous back, is more refined than ever: featuring a swan neck fine adjustment, rhodium-plated three-quarter plate, edges bevelled and polished by hand, and fine sunbeam polishing, which is only to be found in this particular style at NOMOS Glashütte. As well as screwed gold chatons, a screw balance and hand-engraved balance cock that reads “Mit Liebe in Glashütte gefertigt” (lovingly produced in Glashütte).
The calibers at work within these flat watches are the fine hand-wound movements DUW 1001 (Lambda) and DUW 2002 (Lux). Constructed in-house in the NOMOS atelier, where they are also mounted and adjusted in six positions, equivalent to chronometer standards. DUW stands for “Deutsche Uhrenwerke NOMOS Glashütte”—a new name, with which the boutique watchmaking firm is presenting its credentials as a producer of in-house built movements to a wider audience. Thanks to the twin mainspring barrels, both DUW 1001 and DUW 2002 have a power reserve of 84 hours—in DUW 1001 this is shown sweeping across the dial, while Lux manages with only three hands.
The design of the watches has also been paid an exceptionally high degree of attention; a high quality team was engaged in the task over the course of three years. Designers from the Zurich-based Studio Hannes Wettstein drafted the flat and wrist-flattering gold case, while Prof. Axel Kufus, Michael Paul and the team from the NOMOS design office Berlinerblau in Berlin drew up the fine dials, hands, and the cambered straps from fine Horween Genuine Shell Cordovan. The result: an elegance that does not have much to do with tradition, but all the same—or perhaps because of this—is classic, timeless.
The watchmaking company is therefore taking another significant step on its journey with these new watches. Since 1990, NOMOS has been building prize-winning timepieces in Glashütte, watches that have long been recognized as classics—namely Tangente, Tangomat, and Ahoi, Orion, Tetra, Ludwig, Zürich, and Club. Lux and Lambda with DUW 1001 and DUW 2002 are now emblematic of this progression, which took place over the course of many years: the quintessence of those already firm favorites. Uwe Ahrendt explains this development: “Our watches until now have been from seventh heaven; Lux and Lambda are simply being produced a cloud higher. NOMOS Glashütte was ready for this.”
The two golden watches and their calibers will be presented to the public for the first time at SalonQP at the beginning of November—and sold from then onwards in selected retailers worldwide.
NOMOS model "Lambda" [Bearbeiten]
- - Rose gold 18 kt (Ref.-Nr.930), tripartite, diameter 42 mm. Sapphire crystal glass, sapphire crystal glass back, height 8.9 mm.
- - White gold 18 kt (Ref.-Nr.931), tripartite, diameter 42 mm. Sapphire crystal glass, sapphire crystal glass back, height 8.9 mm.
Red gold cased model (Ref.-Nr.930): white silver-plated by granulation. Hands gold-plated. Water resistant to 3 atm.
White gold cased model (Ref.-Nr.930): galvanized, white silver-plated. Hands rhodium-plated. Water resistant to 3 atm.
Horween Genuine Shell Cordovan dark brown, hand stitched; solid rose gold / solid white gold 18 kt buckle clasp.
DUW 1001 – in-house built 14 1/4 lines (32 mm) NOMOS caliber with manual winding and power reserve indicator for 84 hours.
29 jewels, of which six in polished and screwed gold chatons, twin mainspring barrels, hand-engraved balance cock, screw balance, 21.600 a/h, adjusted in six positions (equivalent to chronometer standards), balance spring Nivarox 1A, swan neck fine adjustment, rhodium-plated three-quarter plate with fine sunbeam polishing, angled and polished edges.
NOMOS model "Lux" [Bearbeiten]
- - White gold 18 kt (Ref.-Nr.920), tripartite; size 40.5 mm by 36 mm; sapphire crystal glass; sapphire crystal glass back, height 8.95 mm.
- - White gold 18 kt (Ref.-Nr.921), tripartite; size 40.5 mm by 36 mm; sapphire crystal glass; sapphire crystal glass back, height 8.95 mm.
White gold cased model (Ref.-Nr.920): galvanized, white silver-plated, light blue printed. Hands rhodium-plated. Water resistant to 3 atm.
White gold hell cased model (Ref.-Nr.921): galvanized, white silver-plated. Hands rhodium-plated. Water resistant to 3 atm.
Horween Genuine Shell Cordovan black, hand stitched; solid white gold 18 kt buckle clasp.
DUW 2002 – in-house built NOMOS caliber (32.6x28.8 mm auf 3.6 mm) with manual winding. Power reserve of approx. 84 hours. 23 jewels, of which five in polished and screwed gold chatons, twin mainspring barrels, hand-engraved balance cock, screw balance, 21 600 a/h, adjusted in six positions (equivalent to chronometer standards), balance spring Nivarox 1A, swan neck fine adjustment, rhodium-plated three-quarter plate with fine sunbeam polish, angled and polished edges.