A Sim­ple Com­pli­ca­tion

No­mos Zurich World­timer True Blue

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NO­MOS con­tinue their re­cent ex­cel­lent re­cent run of re­leases (see Ahoi At­lantik) with the Zurich World­timer True Blue, their up­dated GMT model with stun­ning, sub­dued blue dial, which also in­cludes their first au­to­matic cal­i­bre based on their in-house man­u­fac­tured swing sys­tem.

The beauty of the ‘True Blue’ is not just in the ap­pear­ance and choice of dial hue, but also in the simplicity of the func­tion of the watch. The patented world­timer dis­play uses a disc with 24 ci­ties with the hands dis­play­ing the time for the city that aligns with the 12 o’clock po­si­tion. The trav­eller lucky enough to wear this watch sim­ply presses the but­ton at 2 o’clock to ad­vance the time­zone city disc and hour hand to the ap­pro­pri­ate city on ar­rival. Sim­ple.

As well as the hue change to blue and the text on the watch be­com­ing white, NO­MOS have re­vised the ‘home’ sym­bol at 3 o’clock from the orig­i­nal text ‘Heimat’ of the Zurich Weltzeit, to an eye-pleas­ing red ‘Home’ icon to match the red ar­row next to the crown.

The move­ment of the watch has been up­dated from the orig­i­nal Cal­i­bre with the new au­to­matic cal­i­bre DUW 5201 – still in­cor­po­rat­ing the in-house NO­MOS swing sys­tem. As ever with NO­MOS, the move­ment is a thing of beauty and the sap­phire crys­tal back al­lows full view­ing of the NO­MOS swing sys­tem’s tem­pered blue screws, rhodium-plat­ing, Glashütte rib­bing and NO­MOS per­lage, in­clud­ing Glashütte sun­burst dec­o­ra­tion.

The True Blue’s 39.9mm case is made from stain­less steel, tri­par­tite, and the up­dated dial is gal­va­nized with rhodium-plated hour and minute hands. The watch is mounted on a Hor­ween Shell Cor­dovan strap.

Like the very best watch­mak­ers NO­MOS find ways to make simplicity out of the com­pli­cated.

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