Germany’s Nomos Glashütte is known for its Bauhaus-inspired, affordably priced, and mostly modest-sized timepieces. This week, the brand introduces 14 new models across four collections — Tangente, Metro, Orion, and Tetra — with slightly larger (but still elegantly thin) cases as well as some interesting new dials. Here’s what you should know about the Nomos At Work collection.
The cases of the At Work watches — all in stainless steel, except for one notable exception in 18k rose gold — measure a very contemporary (and arguably more masculine) 38.5 mm in diameter, as compared to the existing models’ more discreet dimensions of around 35 mm. (Designed with workplace wear in mind, the watches are described by Nomos as “a promotion for the wrist.”) On four of the watches — the Metro neomatik 39, Tangente neomatik 39, Orion neomatik 39, and Tetra neomatik 39 — Nomos is debuting a new dial execution called Silvercut, a textured silver-gray color color that is created by a nine-step process that involves a gold- and rhodium-plated blank that is varnished and wet-blasted repeatedly to remove layers 1/1000 of a millimeter at a time.
The same four neomatik models will also be available with Nomos “midnight blue” or “nachtblau” dials, which made their debut last year in the first Nachtblau collection, as well as with the traditional white silver-plated dials; the Orion neomatiks with white dials comes in two subtly different iterations, one with rhodium-plated steel hands, the other with tempered blue steel hands. The cases of all the At Work watches clock in at a very slender 8.35 mm.
The Metro neomatik 39 is the only piece in the collection thus far to be offered in an 18k rose gold case, with a galvanized, white silver-plated dial with gray print and gold-plated steel hands. The rose-gold piece is also the only model on a brown strap, with the rest mounted appropriately on black straps. All the straps are made of Nomos’s signature Horween Genuine Shell Cordovan leather, remborded and hand-stitched and fastened with a winged clasp.
All the new watches are fitted with the self-winding Nomos Caliber DUW 3001 — the tenth movement made in-house by the Glashütte-based brand since its inception in 1990, two months after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Measuring 28.8 mm in diameter and an ultra-slim 3.2 mm in height, it offers a power reserve of 43 hours and features the Nomos swing system with tempered blue balance spring. Visible through the sapphire caseback of each watch are the movement’s Glashütte three-quarter plate, its bidirectional winding rotor, and a host of decorative finishes and elements, including rhodium-plated surfaces with Glashütte ribbing and perlage.