The four core Nomos models have been updated ever so slightly as part of this year’s Baselworld release slate. While it would be easy to dismiss these new versions of the Orion, Tetra, Tangente, and Ludwig as simply smaller versions meant to appeal to women, there are interesting things happening here from a design perspective that warrant a closer look.
Nomos Duo Collection
Case Material: Stainless steel (polished)
Dial: White, silver plated
Dimensions: 33mm (Orion, Ludwig, and Tangente), 27mm (Tetra)
Water Resistance: 3 atm
Strap/Bracelet: Beige velour leather
Expected Release: April 2019
In addition to their unique case shapes, a design element that has been intrinsic to Nomos from the start is the small seconds hand. The new Duo series does away with this feature, and anyone who has owned or experienced a mechanical watch without a seconds hand will immediately understand the draw here. There’s something different about looking down at your watch and not seeing a moving piece, knowing that under the dial there’s a world of mechanical action. Maybe it’s an insider’s pleasure, or just a satisfaction in a dial that is more open and less cluttered, but there’s an undeniable appeal. With small dimensions (33mm for the circular watches, 27mm per side for the Tetra) and warm dials with hints of brown and gold, I think it’s fair to say that the Duo series is a nod to Nomos’s female clientele. Plenty of men, however, would be thrilled to have an option just 3-4 millimeters larger, sans seconds hand, and this series leads one to think that Nomos may introduce such a watch at some point in the future.