Nomos is a favorite here at worn&wound with good reason. Their design, quality, and strong value for money have consistently impressed us over the past few years, and they remain a perfect entry point to German watchmaking. Their new addition for Basel 2017, the Campus series, takes the entry point idea to its logical conclusion. Targeted at “those looking forward to a bright future”- read recent college grads and young professionals- the Campus offers three variants on the proven Club formula at a new, accessible price point.
The Campus series, comprised of the Club Campus, Club 38 Campus and Club 38 Campus Nacht, are as one might expect heavily based in existing Club models. This new line shares cases (36mm for the Club Campus and 38mm for the Club 38 Campus and Club 38 Campus Nacht), hands, and general dial layout with the Club, along with the excellent in-house Alpha movement. In addition, each of the three features an almost-California dial layout, with clean Arabic numerals at 12, 10, and 2 o’clock, contrasted with Roman numerals for 4 and 8 o’clock. Simple lumed indices complete the dials.
In terms of differences between the three, the most striking is obviously the size of the Club Campus between the other two, but each also has its own unique colorway. For the Club Campus, the dial is silver-plated with gray SuperLuminova indices outlined in red, giving an almost pinkish appearance at first glance. Finishing off the look is a gray 18mm velour strap. Its larger brother, the Club 38 Campus, also includes the same stunning silver plating on the dial but opts for blue SuperLuminova with a red outline for its markers. The overall effect here is a bit bolder, more masculine, and the charcoal gray velour strap solidifies this.