A Simple Complication
Nomos Zurich Worldtimer True Blue
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.