Nomos continues to break down long-held horological beliefs.
of the DUW 6101 in the six watches released this year is seen in a number of ways thanks to the date wheel’s placement around the movement itself. roughout the Autobahn collection ($4,800), the date is shown at 6 o’clock through a large aperture that displays three dates at once and is meant to resemble an odometer in a hat-tip to the collection’s automobile aesthetic. e date’s placement in each of the three Update models is varied. e Update Tangente ($4,100) features the most innovative placement in a series of 31 apertures surrounding the dial. As the date transitions, red dots will flood the two apertures that frame the correct date. In the Update Orion ($4,200), Nomos’s classical dress watch receives its date placement at the conventional 3 o’clock spot as a nod to the model’s traditional styling. Finally, the Ludwig ($4,000), the only Nomos watch to feature Roman numerals (other than the California dial seen on the Club Campus), places the date squarely at 4 o’clock in its Update iteration.
Any discussion of a Nomos movement would be incomplete without mention of its finishing. Without fail, the DUW 6101 features quintessential German decoration that includes Glashütte ribbing, tempered blue screws and rhodium plating as well as Nomos’s signature perlage and sunburst polish. e engraving on the skeletonized rotor is embossed and gold plated. For the first time in a Nomos movement, the base plate of the DUW 6101 is engraved as well, reading REGULIERT IN 6 LAGEN, German for “adjusted in six positions,” a reminder of the movement’s fine adjustment.
e Nomos DUW 6101 neomatik caliber has refreshed the date complication and, in the process, made it a new cornerstone of the brand’s minimalist identity. Nomos has restrained itself from diving too deeply into the world of complications over its lifetime, instead opting to perfect its manufacture and experiment with case structure and Bauhaus-tinged dial design. By focusing on the improvement of its date display, Nomos is able to remain inside its wheelhouse while continuing to break down long-held horological beliefs and turn them into impactful – and accessible – timepieces. —
A proprietary Swing System escapement being placed in a DUW 3001 neomatik caliber.