Baselworld 2019: NOMOS Glashütte Club Sport Neomatik Watch


Ah, I haven’t covered a Nomos watch in a little while, so it’s nice to return to the Saxon brand to see how they’re getting on from time to time. It seems that things are going swimmingly for them at the moment, with their innovative designs and in-house movements which don’t cost an absolute bomb to get a hold of. Our Masthead recently did a review of one in February, and to be honest, I’m hoping it’ll be my turn with this one soon.

The new Club Sport Neomatik comes with a sporty bracelet that is both form and function. The form part comes from its sleek appearance, with plates on top of every link to appear as if it is one uninterrupted line. However, on the underside of the bracelet, we can see the screws holding each link in place, no spring bars here it seems. There’s no integration for the bracelet to the case either; instead, you can see your wrist between the gaps which keeps the design fresh, though cleaning the wrist fluff that builds up might be tricky.

Luckily, as indicated on the dial, the case of the watch is water resistant to 1000 feet, or just over 300m, so submerging it to clean it is no sweat. Quite why this watch needs to be that water resistant, I’m not sure, as it offers no features essential for those kinds of depths like a rotating dive bezel or a helium release valve. Though, perhaps this is Nomos testing the water, and a subtle indication of what’s to come next?

Inside the surprisingly water resistant case ticks away one of Nomos’ newest movements, the calibre DUW 6101, an automatic movement constructed in-house by Nomos. The balance wheel oscillates at a rate of 21,600vph, or 3Hz, and will last for a total of 42 hours. For the date, Nomos has made a proprietary system which blocks off the quickset date if it detects it’s within the danger zone at midnight, thus preventing the casual owner from damaging it.

It seems that Nomos is paying a lot of attention to the aesthetics of its movements, this one appears remarkably well furnished in the press photos (though they generally always do). I don’t know whether it’s the clean yet narrow lines of the stripes, the mostly skeletonised rotor or the contrast of the blue screws, but it works.

As per Nomos tradition, the pricing of this watch is very fair. The retail costs $4060.

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