A much more focused Baselworld (and industry)
Much has been said about the shrinking of Baselworld and how it is a reflection of the industry at large. But I felt that this year the show was leaner, more focused, and frankly far more interesting than it has been in years past. And the brands were acting like it, too. Collections generally featured far less extraneous SKUs. Watches were also priced better than they have been in recent memory, and there seemed to be a real shift in offering watches hovering around (and under) the $5,000 mark that actually worked for that price tag. In other words, brands seem to be focusing on watches people actually want to buy. To me, that’s a sign of good things to come.
Nomos’ biggest release this year isn’t a watch…
It’s a movement. The new neomatik date DUW 6101 caliber took three years to develop, and while it may seem like a small update to what already exists in Nomos’ arsenal, it’s an important one. Nomos now has a super thin (3.6mm) automatic movement with a quick-set date. That’s awesome, especially at Nomos’ price point. Plus, it’s a movement worthy of 2018. The date can be adjusted in both directions, the changeover happens in a small time frame close to midnight, and should you find yourself accidentally adjusting the date too close to the moment of changeover the wheel disengages to avoid damaging the movement. Kudos, Nomos.