Introducing NOMOS Glashütte
NOMOS Glashütte’s attention to detail and innovative mindset has made them an industry leader among luxury watch brands. Utilizing top tier craftsmanship, almost every part of their timepieces is made by hand — milling plates, bridges, wheels, bluing screws, beveling edges, finely regulating calibers — often taking years between first design and market readiness.
A rich history…
While founded in 1990, NOMOS’ craftsmanship history goes beyond that. Nestled between forest and hills, within the Ore Mountains of Germany, lies a small town by the name of Glashütte, where master watchmakers have been constructing timepieces for over 175 years. This is the town that NOMOS proudly calls home. Glashütte watches are world renowned and a company cannot use the “Glashütte” title for their timepieces unless at least 50% of a watch’s caliber is created within this town. NOMOS Glashütte exceeds this 50% and makes up to 95% of each movement on site.
How can you recognize a watch with a Glashütte caliber? The following characteristics are typical Glashütte:
– The three-quarter plate, the barrel, and the gear train culminating in the escape wheel: a particularly robust and particularly beautiful construction with a good 150 years’ worth of tradition behind it.
– The Glashütte stopwork, a part of the winding mechanism. Unlike Swiss-made winding mechanisms, its jumper spring is long and curved.
– The most elegant form of rate accuracy: the swan neck fine adjustment.
– Tempered blue screws. They get their cornflower blue color during the heating process—the steel is baked at over 290 degrees Celsius (almost 570 Fahrenheit). This also protects them from corrosion.
– One-of-a-kind touches: perlage, ribbing, and sunburst decoration.
An industry leader
NOMOS is currently the largest manufacturer of mechanical timepieces in Germany. How did they accomplish this? In 2014, NOMOS engineered and built their own escapement — the heart of a watch’s caliber — which they refer to as the swing system. Until this point in time, a single Swiss producer had supplied nearly the entire watchmaking industry with this assembly. Thus NOMOS became no longer dependent on third party supply, meaning they’ve been able to grow independently, determine the quality of their timepieces themselves, and keep their pricing fair and affordable.
We are so excited to have these expertly crafted timepieces in our showroom!
Stop by at 6th and Main to see them for yourself and speak to our watch specialists.
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