Getting to Know Nomos: 6 Important Nomos Watches

The Nomos Metro Datum Gangreserve contains the in-house DUW 4401 manual-wound movement, which is equipped with Nomos’s innovative “swing” system with a tempered blue balance spring. The stainless steel case measures 37 mm in diameter and has sapphire crystals in the front and back. Conceived by Berlin-based designer Mark Braun, the galvanized, silver-plated white dial features a pair of very thin, “quill-tip” hands in oxidized black steel for hours and minutes, a small seconds subdial with red hand at 6 o’clock, just above the date window, and an eye-catching, round power reserve window with red and white areas inside a mint-green wheel.

Nomos Metro Datum Gangreserve
Nomos Metro Datum Gangreserve

Nomos’s award-winning Tangente collection now features a watch whose proceeds help benefit an international charitable initiative. The Tangente 38 “Doctors Without Borders” Limited Edition USA is distinguished by its red numeral “12” atop the white, silver-plated dial and a special engraving on the back referring to the Doctors Without Borders, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning humanitarian medical organization. It also has black, oxidized hands in place of the traditional tempered blue hands of other Nomos Tangente models. There are four models total in the Doctors Without Borders edition, two specifically for the United Kingdom and two for the United States, each limited to 1,000 pieces. One hundred dollars (in the U.K. editions, 100 pounds) from the sale of each watch goes directly to Doctors Without Borders. The movement, the Nomos manual-winding Alpha caliber, is visible through a clear caseback.

Nomos Tangente 38 "Doctors Without Borders" USA
Nomos Tangente 38 “Doctors Without Borders” USA

One of the most understated world-time watches you’ll find, the Zürich Weltzeit is powered by the automatic Nomos Xi movement, equipped with an indicator for 24 world time zones. The watch has a 10-part stainless steel case, 39 mm in diameter, with a domed sapphire crystal, and a galvanized silver-plated dial. The hands are faceted and rhodium-plated. Small seconds are on a subdial at 6 ‘clock and the time in 24-hour format is displayed on a disk at 3 o’clock, with a red pointer indicating the hour. The Nomos Zürich Weltzeit (“world time”) comes on a Horween shell cordovan leather strap.

Nomos Zuerich Weltzeit
Nomos Zürich Weltzeit


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  1. Charlie Thomas

    I bought a Tangente while in Germany this past summer. Looks nice, but that’s about all. Stopped running on the flight home less than a full day after I bought it. Returned it to NOMOS for “repairs” and they sent it back non-functioning again, apparently failing to bench test it first. After 3 months of inaction on their part, I had to get the dealer (Palm Jewelers in Wetzlar) involved. After another month NOMOS said they’d try to fix it again. 4 months after my money had been spent, not to mention the serial aggravation involved, not even an offer was made of replacing it in kind. Returned to the dealer for a full refund. The NOMOS is in no way a “fine time piece” nor is firm itself interested in the product or customer once they have their money from you. A miserable experience. Stay away!

  2. Ricardo L

    It would be great to hear where folks are buying this brand.

  3. macewindufan

    lovely watches… i feel that the brand is rather under-appreciated. Mention how many design awards the Metro won?

  4. Good article on a brand offering better designs than many of the major manufacturers whose ads I don’t really want to help pay for!

  5. Richard Driscoll

    Prices please with you’re reviewing watches.

    • Torsten

      The Zürich Weltzeit is also available with a blue dial. The dials are now in English. Price is around 4,300 EUR (in Germany) but you may get a VAT refund. I bought mine with a grey velour leather strap that gives the watch a distinctive look.

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