World-famous yet surprisingly reserved. NOMOS Glashütte watches are the essence of traditional watchmaking paired with a crisp, contemporary aesthetic. With over 80 variations and 120 awards for design, value for money, and quality, NOMOS is the independent watchmaking company that’s a tick, and a tock, ahead of the rest.
Glashütte is a small town located a half hour drive from Dresden in the eastern Ore Mountains of Germany. It’s where time is forged, and the finest timepieces are crafted. However, not every watchmaker in Glashütte is allowed to write “Glashütte” on their watches. In order for this to be the case, at least 50 percent of the caliber needs to have been produced in-house. Only then can they call their watch a “Glashütte watch.”
All NOMOS Glashütte timepieces have earned this title. Between 75 and 95 percent of the value of any NOMOS caliber has been produced in the atelier. This is important for two reasons: it protects the livelihood of the talented NOMOS employees, and it means that when customers buy a NOMOS watch, they are guaranteed the highest quality possible.
But Glashütte isn’t just in the name, it’s in the design too. There are several applied techniques that truly make a NOMOS Glashütte timepiece, such as the Glashütte ribbing and three-quarter plate created by Ferdinand Adolph Lange. This can be found on the face of each movement. In addition to this, the blue screws are also a nod to the town’s heritage. Since earlier calibers were susceptible to corrosion, screws were tempered blue at 300 degrees Celsius. This is no longer the case, but Glashütte watches retain this aesthetic as a tribute to the region’s watchmaking history. Much more than a watchmaker, NOMOS is part of a long tradition and a small group of innovators leading the way.
NOMOS watches always keep perfect time, but occasionally they do a little extra. NOMOS Glashütte produces three distinct complications: a date dial, a power reserve indicator, and a world time reader. In order to retain the classic slim profile that NOMOS watches are known for, the date and power reserve have been constructed from as few parts as possible. As a result, NOMOS has been awarded a patent for both of these—meaning it’s a unique balance of form and function that can only be found in NOMOS timepieces.
NOMOS produce all 10 of its movements in house. Using time-honored techniques, the master craftsmen in the NOMOS atelier painstakingly fashion the cog wheels, hairsprings, pinions, and levers that make the movement. However, when necessary, NOMOS employs a dash of high-tech—such as the wire-eroding machine that enables precision cutting down the Mu (μ). This is used for series of corrector stars responsible for directing the world timer mechanism in the NOMOS caliber ξ (Xi). It’s what enables the craftsmen to meet contemporary dimensions dreamed up by the NOMOS design team. And it’s what makes NOMOS watches the perfect blend of tradition and modernity, both inside and out.
The NOMOS Swing System is more than a component; it’s a declaration of independence. It’s what makes a NOMOS watch tick like no other timepiece, and ensures that NOMOS will be able to produce fine timepieces for generations to come.
From the first in-house movement to the latest innovation, NOMOS Glashütte is a beacon of hope for independent watchmakers everywhere. After seven years in development, NOMOS are now one of a handful of watchmakers able to produce a proprietary escapement; also known as the NOMOS Swing System. It’s what sets the pace of the watch. Put simply: without this component, there is no time. Due to the level of assemblage required in order for all parts to interact, only a few Swiss watchmakers are capable of producing such a piece. That is, until NOMOS developed their revolutionary component. This revolutionary piece is now being installed inside every NOMOS watch.
Quality is what defines a NOMOS watch and everything that passes through the Glashütte workshop is subject to a strict set of standards. At every stage, from start to finish, the accuracy, dimensions, measurements and design is assessed, reassessed, and confirmed. Using an assortment of loupes and microscopes to magnify each component to 20x its size, the specialists at NOMOS ensure their watches are perfection down to a thousandth of a millimeter. Then, the caliber is tested in six different positions to ensure the accuracy of the tick. Finally, after one last look-over and a finishing polish, it’s ready to be shipped around the world.
NOMOS watches are loved for their simplicity and quality. They are available in luxury boutiques and department stores from Berlin to Hong Kong to L.A. But, it’s also possible to buy NOMOS watches online. At Chrono24, customers can browse classic and new NOMOS timepieces and choose from a wide selection available online.