Nomos had a banner year as they released some of the most popular models, and movements, of Baselworld 2015.
The biggest news to come out of Nomos this year is the introduction of an all-new movement that will feature their new Swing System. The Swing System was integrated into many of the existing lines of movements, but as we predicted a year ago, Nomos has now built a movement around the technology, not unlike how Omega first integrated the co-axial escapement into another movement (the 2500), then built a new movement for it later (the 8500).
What’s so special about the new DUW 3001? Well it’s thin. I mean, seriously thin. It’s even thinner than Jaeger LeCoultre’s famous ultra-thin automatic by .1mm at just 3.2mm thick. How thick is 3.2mm? Stack two quarters together–those are thicker than the DUW 3001. But it’s not just a thin movement, it’s also accurate, with Nomos claiming it’ll achieve chronometer specs. It’s also the first Nomos movement to feature a full balance bridge, as opposed to a balance cock, which may be because the thickness of the metal allowed was so small that it had to be supported from both ends. Very, very impressive.
Of course, Nomos couldn’t launch a new movement without some new watches to put it in. The first is the Tangente Automatik, the first, and only,automatic model in the Tangente line. We had previously understood the Tangente line to be the hand wound series, and therefore thinner, compared to the automatic Tangomat version. In reality, Nomos perceived Tangente simply as the thinner line of watches. The Tangente Automatik will feature black stick hands and a red seconds hand with red AUTOMATIK writing up top. It’s mid-sized, for a Nomos, at 35mm and overall is just 6.9mm thick.
But personally, I’m even more excited about the Minimatik, the second watch to debut the new movement. This watch is slightly larger at 35.5mm, and slightly thicker at 8.6mm. The watch is just gorgeous with its bright blue Arabic numerals and red lacquered hands.
For 2015, the Metro is no longer a model, but a line, and I really like its two new editions. The white dial model now features subtle blue accents instead of the sea foam accents from its predecessor, an improvement in my opinion.
It’s joined by a black dial variant that looks terrific. Both are in a great size at 38mm and remain thin at 7.75mm.
Secretly, Nomos was debuting a second new movement, the DUW 4101, in the new Metro Datum. Both of them feature the DUW 4101, which has the Swing System, but the watch drops the power reserve from the original Metro.
Finally, we get to clearly the most exciting Nomos release this year, our very own Timeless Club limited edition. Like the Metro Datum, it features the brand new DUW 4101 and Swing System. The 38.5mm case is from the Club while the blue luminescent hands and numerals are from the Club Dunkel. The dial is actually the Deep Blue lacquer from Nomos’ high-end Lambda model. We’re really excited to have our very first Timeless edition out and can’t wait to get a comprehensive review of it out. Like most of the models here, we expect the in-store arrival sometime around June or July.