Nomos has released three extremely classic new Ludwigs to honor the 175th anniversary of watchmaking in Glashütte, the heart of German watchmaking!
All three of these beautiful new watches feature lovely white enamel dials that give these Ludwigs a very traditional feel, which makes sense given the event they’re honoring.
Like all Ludwigs, these prominently feature Roman numerals, but unlike other Ludwigs, the Ludwig Neomatik 41 Date, shown above, has a date depicted in Roman numerals, which certainly gives it a unique appeal.
I love the use of blued leaf-shaped hands instead of the more modern stick hands associated with Nomos. In general I prefer the ordinary hands, but this shape suits the more traditional look of these limited editions.
This shot shows the beautiful, smooth transition from dial to subdial, showing off the white enamel. We liked the material so much we made our own enamel-dialed Nomos Ludwig.
The familiar railroad markings around the edge remain, although they’re much bolder thanks to the white background (compared to the silver dials in most Nomos watches).
There are three different limited editions available, and just 175 of each will be made. The first of these three is the 205.S2, at an affordable $2,260. It’s relatively small, as well, at 35mm, but also very thin at just 6.8mm, thanks to its hand-wound Alpha movement.
The Ludwig Neomatik 39 250.S1 ups the size and adds Nomos’ ultra-thin automatic DUW 3001, one of the brand’s most advanced movements. The size is a more moderate 38.5mm (despite the 39 in the name), and although it’s automatic, it’s still extremely thin at 7.0mm, thanks to that special movement. This is the mid-priced model of the three at $3,800, a significant step up over the 205.S2, but you’re mainly paying for the movement here. I tend to think this one is the sweet spot for most Nomos fans.
Lastly we have the Ludwig Neomatik 41 Date 261.S1, the largest and most elaborate of the three. While I prefer the size of the previous Ludwig, this is actually my favorite, a surprising turn for someone that’s not usually a fan of date complications. That’s simply because the Roman numeral date is just so weird and quirky that I would basically have to get this one. It’s the most interesting of the three, so although it costs $400 more than the prior Ludwig, it’s the one I’d pick.
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