by Angus Davies, www.escapementmagazine.com The eponymously named NOMOS Glashütte is based in Saxony, the German heartland of watchmaking. Indeed,...
Nomos Glashutte Watches
Nomos Glashutte are prestigious manufacturers of fine mechanical wristwatches. Meticulously handcrafted, the company have conceived a unique collection of individual timepieces with the highest precision, courtesy of their high tech production methods and traditional craftsmanship. Nomos watches are entirely modern in design yet distinctly traditional in their simplicity. Nomos Glashutte has dedicated time to develop and produce their very own in-house movements as well as researching and crafting their own escapement. Nomos Glashutte offer a number of collections which pay tribute to their remarkable skill and incredible expertise. The award-winning Nomos Tangente collection developed in 1992 reflects the brand’s straightforward nature fused with a desire to keep designs simplistic and concise. Nomos continue to stand out as one of the leading manufacturers recently launching the Metro and Ahoi.
History of Nomos Glashutte Watches
Nomos Glashutte have been producing their own wristwatches for the last two decades. The brand’s long line of incredibly fine, beautiful timepieces with equally wonderful movements have captured the hearts and minds of global enthusiasts since their revolutionary journey began.
Nomos watches now produce their own escapement known as the Swing system allowing for their creations to move away from having to source externally produced components and instead allow the brand to create the heart of their sensational masterpieces themselves. Ninety five percent of the brands movement is built within the small watchmaking town of Glashutte near Dresden. Nomos is still valued as a fairly young addition to the watch industry.
Conceived in 1991, its founder Roland Schwertner finally put Nomos on the map with the creation of the Tangente which followed just a few years later. Renowned for their stark characteristics and aesthetically pleasing clean faces, Schwertner, together with his designer Susanne Gunther began producing their first in a long line of exquisite masterpieces.
Nomos Glashutte watches denote the epitome of quintessential watchmaking. Their modern concepts are created with love and a genuine passion for inspirational craftsmanship. The milling wheels, beveling edges, bluing screws, plates and bridges are all made by hand at the Nomos Glashutte factory, their designs of which have taken years to complete.
Nomos have also made a number of white and rose gold one-offs as part of their golden haute Horlogerie collections which showcase hand-engraved balance cocks, hand-beveled edges and gold chatons – some of the best creations ever seen from Glashutte.
The elegant Nomos Minimatik bears a distinctly flat surface which sits flush with the skin. Without the need for hand winding, the timepiece showcases feminine attributes yet is perfectly proportioned for the slightly larger male wrist.
The Nomos Tangente collection was born in 1992 and is recognized as the most classic of watches within the entire Nomos collection. The graceful nature of clean, spacious layout adds a sense of clarity to timekeeping, their traditional characteristics sitting admiringly underneath their crisp sapphire crystal glass backs. The Tangomat design shares similar qualities to the Tangente range despite being slightly larger in size. Their perfect proportions to the dial face, complimented by textured layers from their stealthy leather straps evoke an organic clarity.
The Metro and Ahoi models tell of a compelling story of the brand’s strive for a more sporty, playful concept. Small red seconds hands and powder blue indices complete the look effortlessly. From the original pencil sketches to the finalized boxing of each masterpiece, Nomos watches undergo the most stringent quality control tests and intricate levels of craftsmanship carried out by their team of draftsmen, toolmakers and watchmakers. The result is a unique collaboration of unparalleled mechanical timekeeping mastery.