Nomos Glashütte has been quite the show to watch recently. They’ve been around for thirty years and can produce more than ten in-house calibers all on their own accord. Nomos has created some very simplistic and basic timepieces over their span in the industry, but that’s precisely what makes them so underrated. This year for Baselworld, the company has teamed up with German product designer Werner Eisslinger to create the Autobahn; a sleek automotive design complete with vivid colors and Bauhaus features that remain true to the Nomos product. This collaboration has resulted in a watch that is truly readable and stylistically sophisticated.
The dial stands at the center of the stage with the Nomos Autobahn, with very large lume plots around the center that make it reminiscent of the gauge cluster in a vintage car. The lume plots are truly massive, this is no doubt to make up for the lack of any luminous materials on the edges of the dial. It’s an interesting concept to say the least.
Another interesting feature is the triple day-date display, which Nomos has called the “three-lane date window” to stay within the automotive parameters. The display allows for yesterday, today, and tomorrow to be seen at one glance.
The hands and numerals on the dial are Bauhaus in origin, and the watch also has a sub-seconds hand at the six o’clock position. The Autobahn doesn’t fall short of options with three dials to choose from; all white, white dial with blue accents, or blue dial with white accents. The movement is the Nomos made DUW 6101 automatic (their new Neomatik), has 42 hours of power reserve, and is framed in a sapphire backed case. Measuring at 41mm, it stands in a range that will please most people, while the water resistance is 100 meters. The factory strap a black woven textile.
The Nomos Glashütte Autobahn represents the possibility that Nomos may be switching things up in the near future. This is a sporty example from them and I think it looks promising that we can expect more watches like this from Nomos. The color combinations with the layout of the dial have an undeniably clean look that would surely be taken to the next level with some simple strap changes.
Modern watchmakers like Nomos have begun to stand out, with creations like this, it shouldn’t be to anyone’s surprise. The Autobahn can be had for $4,800. If you like it, be sure to check it out for yourself. For more info, visit Nomos Glashütte online.