Nomos Honors 175 Years of Glashütte Watchmaking with Orion Trio

Nomos has been a staple of consistency in recent years, tweaking their finely honed collections to further degrees of refinement. Nowhere is that more apparent than in this latest trio of limited edition Orion watches, which represent a nod to 175 years of watchmaking in the German town of Glashütte. The new Orion watches are as subtle as they are beautiful, with plenty of joy to discover in the sparingly deployed details. Subtlety is the name of the game here, and Nomos does this better than just about anyone, with the Orion serving as the perfect platform not only for this concept, but also historic watches crafted by young watchmakers looking to make a mark, not only for themselves, but for the town of Glashütte.

As watchmaking apprentices in Glashütte would complete their training, a final project watch would be built to showcase their finely tuned skills at that point. These were anything but practice watches, they were built to “demonstrate the full breadth and depth of their skill”. It is here that Nomos has derived inspiration for this trio of Orion watches, which showcase their own set of unique details that reflect the pride of watchmaking in Glashütte.


The Orion watches that celebrate 175 years of Glashütte watchmaking are, naturally, limited to 175 pieces each. They are the Orion neomatik, Orion neomatik 39 and Orion neomatik 41 date, collectively. Each boast silver plated, domed dials with gold indices for an incredibly subtle but chic look. In a first for the Orion, the small seconds sub dial sits flush on the dial, with no recession to deviate from the harmonious dial texture and shape. The silver base and gold accents welcome a set of slim blued hands, providing another subtle detail that ties the entire look together. 

Within the neomatik and neomatik 39 beats the Nomos DUW 3001 automatic caliber, while the neomatik 41 date receives the DUW 6101. Each is adjusted to six positions to bring timing to within chronometer spec, and each is visible through an exhibition caseback. These are rather handsomely finished movements, especially at this price point, with Geneva striping and a bevy of blued screws to enjoy. 

These are simple watches, but they offer plenty to enjoy in the small, easily overlooked details. Credit to Nomos for building this concept out in three different sizes, and I think it works particularly well in the Orion family, with the classic lug and case architecture. 

The Orion neomatik is priced at $3,580; the neomatik 39 at $3,920; and the neomatik 41 date at $4,200. Nomos.

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