Nomos Glashutte are renowned for their Deutscher Werkbund style and inspirational notes of the Bauhaus movement. They have developed their own distinct individuality which cannot be mistaken for any other German brand in the entirety of watchmaking history. The brand express their strong desire to do things their own way with each innovative range, courtesy of their close attention to detail and fine-tune nurturing. The entirely noteworthy Metro is another prime example of Nomos’ brave sense of adventure to take the brand in a new direction. But the watch’s thoughtful design does not just stop at face value, the intricacies of the Metro’s internal workings are a fine piece of art in themselves. The swing system, part of a new line of in-house movements under the DUW moniker, is showcased within the escape wheel, the pallet and the balance spring, employing 23 Jewels within themovement and a 42 hour power reserve. The combination of accents used within the hands and low power indicator introduces a subtle edge of playfulness, allowing the timepiece to standout against typical safer Glashutte designs.
Now, putting a new spin on the classic Nomos Metro, complete with a new design aesthetic and metropolitan theme, the new Metro 38 Datum was launched in time for Basel 2015 and is available in two new colours; black and white. The Metro line was first created by Berlin-Based designer Mark Braun, combining sophistication with “a symphony of a city of white,mint and red”. The piece incorporated a minimalist white-silver face dial and relaxed tones of casual sportiness. The intentions of the 38 Datum version is to follow in the original Metro’s footsteps of success. Just three months ago Nomos received its third design and public choice award, signifying the brand’s achievements in imaginative concepts and their flexible, open-minded attitude to variable contemporary trends. The new adaptation debuts a slightly larger face in diameter but loses the power reserve indicator. With that said, the exquisite piece still manages to uphold the fundamental traits of its predecessor; expansive dials, delicate use of colour inserts and a legible, modern design. Keeping the galvanised white-silver face and long distance date, the timepiece adopts an easy read persona, so that at first glance, the blue hour indexes at three, nine and twelve can be instantly highlighted thanks to the contrasting accents of the black hour and minute hands. The red seconds hand also provides a wonderful distinction from its components. The sapphire crystal glass back offers a view through to the elegant hand-wound calibre that sits nobly inside the heart of the watch.
Fusing highest precision with urbane elegance, the watch is sure to deliver pleasure and sophistication all wrapped into one this year. Pre-orders for the Nomos Metro 38 Datum are now taking place here.