Nomos celebrates 175 Years of watchmaking in Glashütte with three classic watches in the Nomos Orion neomatik collection.

The larger (41mm) of the Orion neomatik – 175 Years Watchmaking Glashütte watches trio.

Student watchmakers historically create so-called practice watches, generally time-only or time and date models, and Nomos honors this tradition with the Orion neomatik – 175 Years Watchmaking Glashütte trio. 

The new three-hand Orion neomatik watches measure 36mm, 39mm and 41mm in diameter with the larger of the three sporting a date display. Each watch is signed, numbered and limited to 175 pieces.

All three debuts offer a three-part stainless steel case with a domed sapphire crystal and caseback. All also present the time with thin tempered blue hands above the domed, polished, galvanized and white silver-plated dial with gold embossed indexes.

Nomos does not recess the small seconds dial into the dials of these Orion neomatik – 175 Years Watchmaking Glashütte watches – a first for Nomos and a nod to the elegant nature of the trio.

Inside the time-only models Nomos fits its DUW 3001 automatic caliber (pictured above on the 39mm model). The larger date model features DUW 6101. All calibers are built with traditional Glashütte three-quarter plate, Glashütte ribbing and tempered blue screws, and each is adjusted to chronometer standards.

As noted, Nomos has signed and number each watch in the Orion neomatik – 175 Years Watchmaking Glashütte series, which is limited to 175 watches of each model.

Watches this elegant, with superb in-house calibers and the fine detailing typical at Nomos are rare at these prices, so expect these to sell quickly. 

Prices: $3,580 (36mm), $3,920 (39mm) and $4,200 (41mm with date).

“Die Unerreichbare” (The Unattainable) is the name of this Tetra with a silver dial and a small seconds dial in pink.

Nomos adds four new models to its square-cased Tetra collection, each with a dial that includes a shade of pink, and each with its own quirky name.

One of the four new Nomos Tetra watches. Its name, “Die Wildentschlossene,” means The Fiercely Determined.

The English names for the four models are: The Unattainable (silver dial with pink small seconds), The Fiercely Determined, (pink dial, silver small seconds), The Mad One (light purple with a milled small seconds) and The Capricious (a ‘nude’ tone with small seconds dial in silver).

This is Die Fuchsteufelswilde (The Mad One). And for the first time, the Tetra now comes on a strap made of vegan velour.

Each model in the new Tetra quartet measures 29.5 in diameter and each one arrives a vegan velvet grey velour strap that Nomos is utilizing for the first time here.

Die Kapriziöse (The Capricious) is the name of this new Tetra.

All four watches come with either a clear sapphire crystal back or a solid steel caseback (suitable for engraving). 

The same manual-wind Nomos Alpha caliber power each watch, no matter which ‘quirk’ the buyer chooses. 

Well established within Tetra, this caliber offers a level of technical features well above what you would likely find in any other manual-wind movement watch at this price range.

These features include a stop-seconds mechanism, a Glashütte three-quarter plate, a regulation system adjusted in six positions, tempered blue screws, rhodium-plated surfaces with Glashütte ribbing, a perlage-finished ratchet wheel and a crown wheel nicely finished with a Glashütte sunburst pattern.  

Prices: $2,080 (steel caseback) and $2,320 (clear caseback).  

Nomos adds a stylistic flourish to its Ludwig Neomatik 41 with a display that shows the date in Roman numerals.

The Nomos Ludwig Neomatik 41 Date features an unusual Roman numeral date window.

While existing Ludwig models feature a date window with standard Arabic numerals at the 4 o’clock position, the new Ludwig Neomatik 41 Date  offers this second, equally elegant, option that also just happens to perfectly match the Roman markers around the dial.

While I’m not aware of other Roman numeral date displays, I suspect they exist. And while it’s unusual to use Roman date language, Nomos has moved the date window itself to the more traditional 3 o’clock position on the dial. The choice by Nomos here speaks to its dedication to providing stylish options for its fans.

Nomos can offer this option thanks to its use of the DUW 6101 proprietary movement that seamlessly powers a date ring while also remaining fairly flat (7.7mm thick) and elegant.

The Nomos automatic caliber DUW 6101 with date function is just 3.6 millimeters thick.

Indeed, Nomos utilizes the same movement throughout its collections when novel date displays are required, such as on its Autobahn, or when a date ring features into the designs, such as on the Nomos Tangente Update and Metro Update.

Assembly of the patented date mechanism on the DUW 6101 caliber.

The automatic movement is visible through the sapphire back of the 40.5mm steel watch. The view exposes the movement’s Glashütte three-quarter plate finished with Glashütte ribbing, tempered blue screws and perlage on the mainplate.

The Nomos Ludwig Neomatik 41 Date arrives on a black Horween leather strap equipped with a stainless steel clasp.

Price: $4,000.

Nomos recently added two eye-catching, sunburst-finished models to its Club Sport series, both with a more moderate 37mm diameter steel case and steel bracelet.

The two new 37mm additions to the Nomos Club Sport series.

The new watches expand the options with Club Sport, which already offers blue and black-dialed 42mm models. Nomos explains that the new models meet a strong demand among Nomos customers for smaller case diameters that fit a wider range of wrist sizes.   

The new colors of the dial, which Nomos dubs Polar blue and Petrol green, shimmer in daylight. And apropos of a functional sports watch, Nomos has the provided recessed hour numerals generously filled with luminescent material that will glow for an extended period.

A gently domed sapphire crystal adds to the appeal of the Club series.

The Nomos Club Sport series is built for active use, with 200-meters of water resistance and a serious steel bracelet with a deployant steel clasp. Inside you’ll find the excellent Nomos in-house DUW 3001 neomatik automatic caliber with a bi-directional rotor — fully visible through a sapphire caseback.

Price: $3,150.

Each year Nomos creates a watch to benefit the Nobel-Prize-winning-organization Doctors Without Borders. This year’s model, the Tangente 38 – 50 ans de Médecins Sans Frontières, is limited to 2,021 units worldwide and highlights the medical rescue organization’s mission with a large red twelve on the dial.

The Nomos Tangente 38 – 50 ans de Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders).

Red is the universal color of emergency and has been the color of Doctors Without Borders for fifty years.

At the top of the dial, the twelve in red celebrates the color of Doctors Without Borders for half a century.

According to Nomos, the red twelve is also intended to “raise aid awareness, encouraging even more people to provide support. Helping has quite possibly never been more important than now and with this watch.”

To specifically mark the emergency medical aid organization’s fiftieth year, Nomos has also attached a dark gray textile strap to the watch and adds an inscription at six o’clock that reads “50 ans de Médecins Sans Frontières”. The same inscription can be found engraved onto the solid steel caseback.

The Tangente 38 is a classic for the Glashütte-based Nomos. A best seller for twenty-five years, the watch is the clearest example of the brand’s minimalist tenets. The watch is fit with a Nomos Alpha in-house manual-wind movement, which Nomos adjusts to chronometer standards.

Nomos will donate 100 euros to per unit sold directly and without deduction to Doctors Without Borders. At $2,030, the special edition is priced exactly the same as the existing Tangente 38 model.