The Manual Wind: NOMOS Glashutte Zurich Worldtimer
The title of “True Manufacturer” is as hard to attain as it is to define. In the watch world, certain regions dictate watchmaking stipulations in order to bare the name of that region. One such region famous for its quality movement manufacturing is Glashutte. With few brands originating from this German town, Nomos Glashutte takes on the challenge of baring its name.
Nomos takes this title seriously with its just released updated version of the Zurich Worldtimer, the True Blue. At just under 40mm in diameter, this sapphire sandwich stainless steel case houses the Nomos in-house caliber DUW5201. Just as good looking from the back as it is from the front, this Glashutte movement is adorned with tempered blue screws and ribbing and sunburst finishing. This automatic with a 42 hour power reserve, adjusted to six position, powers this in house worldtimer. One press of the pusher located at 2 o’clock and the cities shift showing the time in a different timezone.
From the front, newly released in October, the galvanized “true blue” dial is very striking. Unique in color but still extremely legible, which is important for a watch with a world time complication. Considering the conservative size, the dial is laid out with in good proportion not cramming all the text on the cities wheel. Matched with a black Cordovan strap, this piece has a very simple and modern look, which is hard to find especially at this price point.
With a retail of $6,100, the Nomos Glashutte Zurich Worldtimer True Blue is not only distinct in appearance but also distinct in value. Manufacturing almost 95% of it’s movements, Nomos exceeds the 50% necessary to add Glashutte to its title along with that of “True Manufacturer.”