Three Of Clubs: NOMOS Glashütte Introduces Three New Club Automatic Limited Editions
The Glashütte-based brand is celebrating spring with a trio of affordably priced, minimalist timepieces.
Spring in Germany has a distinct presence. Fields of colorful flowers line the Autobahn, and nature is celebrated through folk music and festivals in industrialized towns and cities. And this ability to embrace modern ideas as well as age-old customs is perfectly embodied by NOMOS Glashütte.
NOMOS, as you know, designs its minimalist watches in Berlin but builds them in the Saxon town of Glashütte, the heart of high-end German watchmaking. The brand is marking the 175th anniversary of watchmaking in Glashütte with a series of limited editions celebrating the region's horological heritage. The manufacture has already released anniversary series timepieces from its Ludwig and Lambda collections. And now, the brand is launching a trio of limited edition models aimed at the hearts of a new kind of collector called the Club Automatic – 175 Years Watchmaking Glashütte.
For the Modern Collector
There are many kinds of watch collectors, but almost all want rarities. That is why there’s been such a boom in limited editions. NOMOS Glashütte has already won the hearts of a younger generation of enthusiasts thanks to its commitment to providing relatively affordable in-house movements, as well as a minimalist, Bauhaus aesthetic.
Of course, it makes sense for NOMOS to appeal to collectors with limited releases of the high-end Ludwig and Lambda models, but for buyers just beginning a luxury collection, unleashing LEs into the entry-level Club series makes the new generation feel seen.
And the well-executed, minimal, form-following-function aesthetic is just icing on the cake for millennials (and Generation X as well). As NOMOS Glashütte CEO Uwe Ahrendt said in a press release, “[This] group of customers has always been of great importance to us.”
From Bauhaus to Clubhouse
All three versions of Club Automatic – 175 Years Watchmaking Glashütte share the Club collection’s polished and sporty 40mm stainless steel case with its rounded shape, narrow bezel, and long lugs. This minimalist design places most of the emphasis on the clean dial. NOMOS Glashütte is famous for its colorful dials, especially in its Tetra collection. And like nature reawakening in the forests and hills of the Saxon landscape, the dial hues of these limited editions project hope and happiness.
The dial itself comes in galvanized black, navy, or a matte olive green. The hour numerals and indices are filled with white Super-LumiNova, and the rhodium-plated hour and minute hands have a Super-LumiNova inlay in white. The layout of the dial is more informed by the brand’s Bauhaus aesthetic. And it’s all nicely balanced by a subtle sub-seconds counter at 6 o’clock.
These watches also look great from the side. With a height of 9.70mm, the subtle silhouette is completed with a domed sapphire crystal. The onyx version is presented on the distinctive NOMOS Sport bracelet, while the navy and olive-green styles come with comfortable woven blue/black or light gray textile straps.
All three limited editions feature the in-house DUW 5001 movement. The first self-winding caliber from the brand, this automatic movement is yet another tribute to the Glashütte tradition of watchmaking excellence. And the highlight of this mechanism is the NOMOS swing system.
To recap: In 2007, NOMOS teamed up with the Technical University of Dresden to develop an escapement, and success meant that the manufacture would no longer have to rely on outside parts, making the company wholly independent. When it was introduced at Baselworld in 2014, Ahrendt said, “Managing to do this feels a little like landing on the Moon.”
You can admire the design codes of the DUW 5001 – the tempered blue screws, the rhodium-plated surfaces with Glashütte ribbing and NOMOS perlage, and the ratchet and duplex wheel with Glashütte sunburst – through the sapphire crystal glass screw-down caseback. Additionally, each case is engraved, “Club Limited Edition,” with the series number for each version
The Club Automatic – 175 Years Watchmaking Glashütte is limited to 175 pieces for each color variant. Now available on NOMOS Glashütte's website and from NOMOS retailers, the navy and olive models are $2,620, and the onyx version is priced at $2,920.
(Images © NOMOS Glashütte)