Since 1845 the German town of Glashütte has been the epicenter of high-quality German watchmaking. So, now to celebrate 175 years of watchmaking craft in Glashütte, local brand Nomos Glashütte has released three new limited-edition versions of its Ludwig watch. Coming in at 35mm, 39mm, and 41mm all these new watches feature white enamel dials, new leaf styled hands, and of course in-house movements.
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The Ludwig can easily be considered as one of the most classic and formal offerings from Nomos. Roman numerals, a railroad-style minute track, and a simple baton-style handset make for a watch that is always ready to be your wrist companion for those special business settings. With these new special editions, Nomos keeps the design DNA of the Ludwig family intact but brings about a few noteworthy changes. First and foremost is the new white dial. The regular versions of the Ludwig feature a silverfish white Matt dial which has been replaced with a glossy white enamel dial that offers unparalleled depth and smoothness. For instance, look at the way the main dial flows fluidly into the subsidiary dial without any harsh edges. Furthermore, the pure white color also provides a better contrast against the blued hands, which have also seen an overhaul. Instead of the regular baton-style hands, these new watches use leaf style hands that look more elegant and are also unique within the world of Nomos. While the basic dial layout remains the same on all the watches, the date version gets a special date wheel with Roman numerals instead of Arabic numerals.
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Crafted from stainless steel the case on all three watches features an identical 3-part design and comes in three sizes; 35mm, 39mm, and 41mm. A slim bezel and sapphire crystal adorn the front, followed by a cylindrical mid-case and finally a sapphire crystal on the rear. The area surrounding the crystal features the text “175 Years Watchmaking Glashütte” along with a serial number highlighting that these watches are limited editions. The case is fully polished and has long slender lugs with drilled lug holes to make strap changing quick and easy.
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Under the hood of the new watches are 3 different in-house calibers. The 35mm variant is powered by the brand’s workhorse, manually wound Alpha caliber. The 39mm and 41mm variants are powered by the automatic DUW 3001 and DUW 6101 calibers respectively. All movements have been fine-tuned to perform within COSC deviation rates, but do not come with a certificate. And as is the case with any Nomos movement, these have also been tastefully decorated for the wearers viewing pleasure.
The new Nomos “175 Years Watchmaking Glashütte” limited edition Ludwig watches would come attached to black shell cordovan straps. Retail prices are as follows:
Ludwig – 175 Years Watchmaking Glashütte 35 – $2,260
Ludwig – 175 Years Watchmaking Glashütte Neomatik 39 – $3,800
Ludwig – 175 Years Watchmaking Glashütte Neomatik 41 – $4,200