The NOMOS Glashütte brand has changed radically over the previous decade. With an enormous speculation made to acquire assembling of practically all components house, the little, Saxon free has cut an exceptionally uncommon spot for itself in the German watchmaking group. Furthermore, presently, with the arrival of three extraordinary Ludwig models, NOMOS Glashütte gives proper respect to the story that prompted its establishment 30 years ago…
When NOMOS Glashütte was set up after the fall of the Berlin Wall, it was important for a development intended to invigorate the renaissance of Saxon watchmaking. It succeeded. Presently, thirty years after the brand’s birth, Glashütte is blasting. Different brands like A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte Original, Union Glashütte, Moritz Grossmann, Mühle Nautische Glashütte, Tutima, and more have combined to make the languid town the capital of German horology.
For watch geeks like me, NOMOS Glashütte holds an exceptional appeal. During its early stages (and until around 2015), NOMOS was a plan driven brand that tried to give customers a finely made extravagance watch at a sensible cost. Practically the entirety of the components were purchased in. The watches were, in any case, broadly viewed as an outright take in comparison to a Swiss partner. That began to changed when NOMOS made the push towards autonomy from its providers and in-house fabricating with the arrival of its first in-house development in 2005.
The neomatik era
This wonderful equilibrium stayed for the most amazing aspect of 10 years. Costs had crawled up yet they were as yet reasonable. Moreover, the expanding presence of affordable in-house developments in the assortment was a shelter to the brand’s notoriety. Regardless of whether the fanatic NOMOS fan from the ’90s thought often about that, in any case, was less clear.
In 2015, NOMOS Glashütte delivered the DUW 3001 neomatik development. The super thin (3.2mm) programmed development was considered as the center type for an autonomous future. It was astutely planned so its focal design could be worked around to add complications as and when it was necessary.
In 2018, a tremendous, satellitic date complication was added to the neomatik family. The DUW 6101 development was a moment achievement, offering NOMOS a bigger development to fill more “modern” measured watches that the market (appeared to be) calling for. Also, here we are.
2020 sees the 175th commemoration of watchmaking in Glashütte. To observe, NOMOS has created three exceptionally extraordinary forms of its most traditionally styled model, the Ludwig. Here we have the biggest of the pack, which is fueled by the DUW 6101. Make proper acquaintance with the 41mm NOMOS Glashütte Ludwig Neomatik 41 Date.
No longer a contracting violet
The Ludwig family has been in the NOMOS inventory since 1992. Verifiably talking, it lingers behind the consistently present Tangente and delectably voluptuous Orion families with regards to ubiquity. The fourth unique family — the Tetra — has consistently profited by the low assumptions one ought to normally join to square watches. Thusly, it seems much more well known than the Ludwig basically on the grounds that it is amazing “for a square watch”.
Meanwhile, the approachably chronologically misguided Ludwig is the Marmite kin. On the off chance that you love Roman numerals, the Ludwig is the only NOMOS for you. On the off chance that you don’t? Indeed, get the list and peruse all the different families the brand has made particularly for you…
The stuffier standing of the Ludwig is, notwithstanding, no more. This new triplet of models plans to all the while embrace and reject the past. The most clear update to the plan can be found in the leaf-formed hands. These supplant the slim pencil hands of old. I for one favored the more slender hands (and really like the Ludwig 33mm for quite a long time) yet the more extensive, more prevailing presence of the leaf-molded pointers surely gives the dial a touch more “oomph”. More forthright, be that as it may, is the case distance across. The 41mm rendition (really 40.5mm wide yet just 7.7mm thick) is so enormous on the wrist it is reasonable the say the Ludwig is not, at this point a contracting violet.
A few weeks back I appeared my Visual Impact Index . The entire exercise was somewhat propelled by my NOMOS Glashütte Orion 38 De Stijl restricted, which I have always been persuaded looks a decent couple of millimeters greater than its estimation on paper. All NOMOS watches are this way. Wide, level appearances. Edge-to-edge sapphires. Slimline developments. We anticipate that a NOMOS should begin catching your eye from 35mm and up. What number of different brands would you be able to say that of? Relatively few I’ve seen, that’s for sure.
And along these lines, as you presumably speculated I would, I stuck the estimations of the NOMOS Glashütte Ludwig Neomatik 41 Date into my VII to perceive what it really looks like off the wrist. Obviously, it came in at a monstrous 45.78mm. Also, that’s no joke. It truly chokes your attention.
I got my companion to tie it on his little to-average (17cm) wrist so I could shoot a couple of shots of it being worn. It is, as you can see, somewhat of a wrist beast. The dainty and considerately estimated hauls do make this watch definitely more wearable than it would have been had it been fitted with bulkier, additional capturing carries like the Zürich model, for instance, yet all things being equal, the new Ludwig jumps out from the wrist like a splendid light in obscurity. That colossal territory of dial (with a veneer finish rather than NOMOS’s customary silvered style) isn’t for everybody. In any case, present day patterns recommend it is a dial for the many, not for the few.
An old argument
During my time working for NOMOS, I wound up floating increasingly more towards the more modest pieces. I believe that is the region wherein the brand really dominates. All things considered, I used to get comments (day by day) that clients were put off by the brand in light of the fact that the measurements were “too small”. Presently, I am actually persuaded that most of individuals complaining about the size of NOMOS watches had never at any point tried to attempt one of their wrist (the long drags of the Orion and the shockingly high VII consequences of all families propose there was presumably something for everybody in the assortment regardless of whether it hasn’t been promptly clear from the actual list), yet sometimes, it is essentially true.
Some clients have gigantic wrists. 35mm Bauhaus-motivated watches are effectively lost on bigger wearers. Thus it was fundamental for NOMOS to fill that hole on the lookout. With a few 40mm+ alternatives now accessible (and every one of them showing up in any event 3mm greater than that truly) there is currently a lot to look over. With the arrival of the NOMOS Glashütte Ludwig Neomatik 41 Date, there is presently a strongly old style watch in that fold.
The Roman date
Aesthetically, the thing I find generally intriguing about this model is the Roman date. That is quite uncommon. And keeping in mind that I can live without a date on the majority of my watches, it is becoming something I appreciate to an ever increasing extent. Ordinarily, I need the date to be pretty much as dark as could really be expected. I don’t even need to see it. I need it to be there when I need it, yet else, it is at freedom to conceal itself as adequately as it sees fit
Here, notwithstanding, NOMOS accepts an alternate procedure completely. The production of the DUW 6101 implied NOMOS was at long last ready to find a clear date at 3 o’clock. On the off chance that structure ought to follow work, a date at 3 o’clock bodes well (for a righthanded client). That’s the piece of the watch that juts first from the sleeve and, in this way, is the principal region of the dial that can be read.
In the good ‘ol days, NOMOS’s developments were not enormous enough to make a tastefully satisfying (or even especially clear) date window at 3 o’clock, so the brand picked evenness all things being equal. Unexpectedly, that likewise empowered planners to fill the hole between the sub-dial and the edge of the dial at 6 o’clock with something practical.
With the NOMOS Glashütte Ludwig Neomatik 41 Date, the enormous (honestly unmissable) date window is the superstar. Its Roman numerals proceed with the dial topic and mallet home the way that this is a proudly refined present day exemplary. Love it or scorn it, it’s hard not to regard it…
A new, new brand
NOMOS Glashütte has developed into something far from the brand it set-out to be in the ’90s. It’s difficult to accept that even Roland Schwertner — the visionary organizer of the brand — could have expected such a turn of events, yet having worked in his essence for a very long time I can’t bar the chance entirely.
The NOMOS of today isn’t, nor can until the end of time be the NOMOS of yesterday. The company has put intensely in autonomy. It has put intensely in advancement. The brand’s future achievement is currently attached to its current customers adjusting to another statement of purpose and another (more exorbitant cost) point, while at the same time poaching new purchasers from different brands known for very good quality watchmaking in this portion. Will the NOMOS Glashütte Ludwig neomatik 41 Date do that? At €3,216 it has its work cut out. In any case, search for it to have some achievement in the DACH area among more traditionalist clients. The way that this extremely uncommon model will be restricted to only 175 pieces will likewise doubtlessly bring about a quick sell out.
Alone in a crowd
But maybe NOMOS Glashütte’s uniqueness is a contributor to its concern. There are unimaginably couple of brands doing what NOMOS is doing at this value point. Significantly less on what is as yet a moderately limited scale. NOMOS Glashütte’s desire are costly to meet. To make an as a rule in-house type without the volume-initiated value breaks of six-figure creation is hard. It requires great communication, time, and a readiness of the community to tune in and learn. I figure NOMOS can presumably depend on the last mentioned. Furthermore, I’m trusting that the following decade sees the completion and full acknowledgment of perhaps the pluckiest transformation the business has at any point seen. Study the brand .