Since its foundation in 1990, this German manufacturer has gathered a growing customer base with their small but stylish collection of watches. Their Tangente series has helped Nomos build a reputation as one of Germany's top watchmakers.
Other popular Nomos models include the urban Metro, the unobtrusive Orion, and the maritime Ahoi, all which feature unique dials and movements. The Orion alone is available in more than 15 different variations and appeals to both men and women, thanks to its different case sizes and neutral design. The Metro sets itself apart with its optional power reserve indicator, and the Ahoi makes a name for itself with its water resistance.
German computer expert Roland Schwertner established Nomos Glashütte shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1990, taking on the name of the former watchmaker Nomos-Uhr-Gesellschaft. This company had produced pocket watches in Glashütte from 1906 to 1910. Schwertner decided to revive the brand and soon encountered problems similar to those of his predecessors. To carry the mark Glashütte, the majority of the watch components must be produced on-site, which Nomos has subsequently done.
Bit by bit, Nomos has produced more and more of their calibers in-house. Today, the company prides itself on producing 75% to 95% of their caliber components on-site, even though only 50% of a given caliber is required to be made in-house to be labeled as such. Few other manufacturers can rival Nomos's in-house production. Nomos complements their traditional craftsmanship with modern computer-aided tools and laser technology. Their self-designed and self-produced swing system, comprised of an escape wheel, a balance, and a pallet, was introduced in 2014. They invested over 10 million euros and many years in developing the project.
The streamlined outer design of a Nomos watch often hides the intricate world beneath it. The ultra-thin caliber DUW 3001 premiered in 2015. At just 3.2 mm thick with automatic winding, the DUW 3001 is very unique. Usually more space is required for automatic movements. Thus, it gathered quite a bit of press when it was released.
Nomos has been awarded Germany's most prestigious watchmaking prize, the "Goldene Unruh" (Golden Balance Wheel), over ten times. The Tangente, the first Nomos creation and a bestseller since 1992, has won multiple times. It was designed by Susanne Günther and inspired by the Bauhaus style.
The Tangente editions are available in different colors, movements, and sizes. Nomos has also created a limited edition watch for the organization Doctors Without Borders. A percentage of each purchase is donated to emergency aid.
The number of Nomos models has reached double digits over the years. In addition to round cases, there are rectangular and barrel-shaped cases that still maintain the classic Nomos look. The designs give off an air of classic simplicity. Dials are always neat and clean, even on models with multiple additional features.
Black and white dominate the color palette, and the majority of hands are stylishly slender. The preferred case material is stainless steel. Designers and artists working with the Nomos creative agency, Berlinerblau, are intimately involved in designing the dials, crowns, hands, and cases.
The Orion is the personal favorite of the creative team in Berlin. The Club appeals to a younger audience, while the smart Ludwig is perfect for businessmen. For those desiring a larger piece, look no further than the Zürich.
There are also several functional features that deviate from the classic Nomos look. For example, the Ahoi features a protective, screw-down crown. This affords protection against water, thus making it suitable for diving, sailing, and other water sports.
For those seeking a more prestigious look, the Lux and the Lambda are the answer. Both watches are available in white or rose gold and feature sapphire crystal glass backs. The armbands are made of genuine shell cordovan, an especially moisture-resistant material.
As the demand for Nomos watches grows, so does the company. The number of employees has risen to over 200, and sales doubled between 2011 and 2014 alone. Nomos is based in the former Glashütte train station near competitors A. Lange & Söhne and Glashütte Original. Nomos watches travel from the charming Müglitz valley in Germany to more than 40 countries around the world. One of the most well-known Nomos wearers is former American president Bill Clinton.