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NOMOS
Nomos (Greek - regularity and order) watches are made in Glashutte, Saxony, Germany. Glashutte is an important centre for watch making with a heritage going back to the middle 1800s and Ferdinand Adolf Lange. Rejuvenated following the reunification of Germany, Glashutte is now home for four important watch companies. The other three are: A. Lange & Sohne, Glashutte Original and Muhle.

Until recently all Nomos models were hand winding. Earlier models were based on the Peseux 7001 movement. This movement was substantially re-worked and changed in house at Nomos using substituted and added components. The changes and modifications were such that Nomos had to use its own caliber names. Nomos has now progressed beyond this and has developed a range of movements made entirely in house. This can only serve to enhance the status and reputation of both the company and its products.

There are six new movements. Four are hand winding and 3/4 plate. Two are automatic. They are all decorated and rhodium plated. They are even more attractive than their predecessors. They are called: Alpha (basic), Beta (with date), Gamma (with power reserve), Delta (with date and power reserve), Epsilon (automatic) and Zeta (automatic with date).

There is huge attention to detail throughout the watches and the quality of work is much higher than might be expected for the price range.
The watches (except "Tetra") are 35mm., 36.5mm. or 38.3mm. in diameter and are very slim. Because the dials are large relative to the cases the watches do not look small. With their modest actual diameters they are suitable for both sexes and all wrist sizes. Nomos makes a big point about not making watches specifically for women. Fashion models commonly wear men's watches because women's watches tend to look too small and silly - all a hangover from when women's watches were incorporated in bracelets and time telling took second place to jewellery. Nomos estimates that about a quarter of its watches are worn by women.

The watches are robust and totally suitable for every day use. They are a very good compromise between pure instrument watches and pure dress watches. Except for the models with precious metal cases (details of gold and platinum models on request), all the cases are made from surgical grade (316 L) stainless steel. The finish is bright polished. This works very well with watches of this size with their lean profiles. These watches are supremely elegant. We cannot imagine anyone being disappointed with one of these watches, whether bought or received as a present. Nomos has won many awards for both design and quality. These watches are not out of place in the company of the very high end Swiss and German brands. We can now add that Nomos watches seem to capture the spirit of our times: sobriety, conservatism, laid back elegance and quality. No ostentation or conspicuous consumption here.

Each watch comes in a very nice wooden presentation and storage case along with a small hard backed book about Nomos. Each watch is traceable to the individuals in the factory who actually built it.

More information is on the Nomos web site: www.glashuette.com

IMPORTANT UPDATE
Nomos has changed its distribution policy for the UK in favour of high street jewellers and against watch specialists such as us. Consequently we have no alternative but to phase out Nomos. The prices, where shown, are UK list prices as from April 1st. 2011. Our remaining stock is offered at a discount of 20% with respect to these prices.

Latest: This promotion has been very successful and we have now sold out of all Nomos watches. We still have some accessories.

 

 

Tangente. (Shown above and right). This was the first model Nomos produced. Introduced in the early 1990s, it is already a design classic. Inspired by Werkbund/Bauhaus/form out of function etc., it was designed by German graphics designer Susanne Gunther. The evolution of this watch design was considered to be sufficiently important to have at least one independent book written about it ("The Tangente from NOMOS Glashutte" - Hans Irrek)

Shown is the basic model. Hand winding. Steel or sapphire crystal back. Water resistant to 30m. Sapphire crystal front. D= 35mm. H= 6.2mm.(steel back) 6.6mm. (sapphire crystal back). Movement: Nomos Alpha.

£1040 (101 - steel back) £1200 (139 - sapphire crystal back)

The sapphire back (139) is much the more popular of the two versions.

Also available with black dial ("Ruthenium") and sapphire crystal back (178) at £1200

 

 

Tangente - Date Crystal Back (107). As above model (139) but with date. The sapphire crystal back enables examination of the finely finished movement (Nomos Beta). The location of the date is very interesting. This involved the development of a special additional mechanism driving a date ring at the very edge of the dial.

£

Also available with black ("Ruthenium") dial (179) at £

 

Tangente Power Reserve/Date (131). This is an important new model. It is similar to 107 (above) but has a power reserve indicator. The extra mechanism for this was developed in house by Nomos and has been incorporated without changing the size of the watch. Sapphire rear crystal. It has the new Delta movement. Already covered in the watch magazines, this model is likely to appeal to enthusiasts and collectors.

£2030

Also available without date (172) at £1560

Also available with black ("Anthrazit") dial and no date (173) at £1560

Tangente Sport (501). This model is more heavily constructed than the other Tangente models - hence D= 36.5mm. and H= 7.50mm. This model is not just actually larger. It has a "heavier" presentation as well. The strap is thicker. The horns are thicker. The solid steel back is held on with screws and the water resistance is to 100m. There are luminous indices and the hands are luminous. Movement: Nomos Alpha.

£1140

Also available with date (502). Movement: Nomos Beta. £

Also available with indices instead of numerals. No date (506) £1140 and date (507) £1370.

Now available with sapphire backs. With numerals and no date (505) £. With numerals and date (531) £1660. With indices and no date (532) £. With indices and date (533) £1660.

Ludwig (201). This is similar to 101 and 139 but is for people who prefer Roman numerals.Very nice but remember the Arabic version is the classic. D= 35mm. H= 6.25mm. Alpha movement.

£1000

Also available with sapphire crystal back (more popular) (205) which is slightly domed hence H= 6.75mm.

£1160

Rear view is shown below right.

Orion (309). Another fine design from Nomos. Hand winding. Sapphire crystal back. Sapphire crystal (domed) front. Gold batons. Blued hands. Water resistant to 30m. D= 35mm. H= 8.4mm. Movement: Nomos Alpha. The case is polished and is understated in the image (right)

£1330

Also available with steel back (H= 7.25mm.) (less popular) (301)

£1120

Orion (307). Similar to 309 but with black ("Anthrazit") dial. Sapphire crystal back. silver batons and polished steel hands.

£1330

Also available with steel back (332) (similar to 301)

£1120

Also available as "Weiss" version - shown below right. (306) with crystal back at £1330 and (331) with steel back at £1120

The rear view is shown below

 

Tetra Large (408). A watch with simple lines which reflects some of the thinking behind the Tangente. Solid steel back held on by screws. Sapphire crystal. Strap lug fixing with screws. Water resistant to 30m. 29.5mm. x 29.5mm. H= 6.05mm. Movement: Nomos Alpha.

£1160

With sapphire back (406) £1290

With power reserve and sapphire crystal back (435) (below right) £1660

With black ("Anthrazit") dial, power reserve and sapphire crystal back (436) (below left) £1660

Tangomat. This is an automatic watch following the Tangente design theme. It is larger than the basic Tangente models. The automatic movement is made entirely in house and is of impressive appearance. D= 38.3mm. H= 8.2mm. Sapphire crystals front and back. Water resistant to 30m. Movement: Epsilon (without date), Zeta (with date)
The four versions are illustrated right and below (not to scale) together with a rear view showing the movement. The Tangomat has proved to be very successful and popular. As a consequence of this deliveries are somewhat extended.

Without date £1830 - white dial (601) or black ("Ruthenium") dial (603)

With date £2220 - white dial (602) or black ("Ruthenium") dial (604)

Club

Recently introduced. Stainless steel case . Manual winding. Ivory coloured dial. Water resistant to 100m. Sapphire crystal. Sapphire rear window optional. D= 36mm. H= 8.17mm. Alpha movement.

With sapphire back (703) £1040

With plain steel back (701) £870

Also available with black dial and luminous hands and hour markers:

With sapphire back (704) £1040

With plain steel back (702) £870

702 and 704 are shown below

Club Date

Stainless steel case. Manual winding. Date. Ivory coloured dial. Water resistant to 100m. Sapphire crystal. Sapphire rear window optional. D= 38.5mm. H= 8.45mm. Beta movement.

With sapphire back (733) £1430

With plain steel back (731) £

Also available with black dial and luminous hands and hour markers:

With sapphire back (734) £1430

With plain steel back (732) £

732 and 734 are shown below

Club Automat

Stainless steel case. Automatic. Ivory coloured dial. Water resistant to 100m. Sapphire crystal. Sapphire rear window optional. D= 40mm. H= 9.73mm. Epsilon movement.

With sapphire back (753) £1660

With plain steel back (751) £

Also available with black dial and luminous hands and hour markers:

With sapphire back (754) £1660

With plain steel back (752) £

752 and 754 are shown below

Club Automat Date

Stainless steel case. Automatic. Date. Ivory coloured dial. Water resistant to 100m. Sapphire crystal. Sapphire rear window optional. D=41.5mm. H= 9.78mm. Zeta movement.

With sapphire back (773) £2050

With plain steel back (771) £

Also available with black dial and luminous hands and hour markers:

With sapphire back (774) £2050

With plain steel back (772) £

772 and 774 are shown below

702 & 704 (above)

 

 

732 & 734 (above)

 

 

752 & 754 (above)

772 & 774 (above)

Zurich

This is the new "flagship" model by Nomos. Stainless steel case. Automatic. Sapphire crystal. Sapphire rear window. White or black dial. Date optional. D= 39.7mm. H= 9.65mm. Epsilon movement (no date) or Zeta movement (with date).

White dial, no date (801) £2550 (shown right)

White dial, date (802) £2980 (shown below right)

Black dial, no date (803) £2550

Black dial, date (804) £2980 (shown below left)

COMMENT
Excellent quality with strong design themes. All movements are made in house. Only a handfull of manufacturers can claim this. The prices are modest for the quality and status.
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