The Nomos “At Work” Series—Incremental Changes with a Bang

A few weeks back, Nomos announced a total of 14 new watches which form the new “At Work” series. Rather than a stand-alone line of brand new models, the watches unveiled are updates to four of Nomos’ more prominent collections. This is a series that Nomos anticipates being seen as formal enough for the average office environment, yet still stylish and modern enough for dinner and drinks straight after work—something Nomos refers to being “for 5 to 9” as well as “9 to 5.”
 The “At Work” additions are given to the Tangente, Orion, Metro and Tetra lines, and the first of the commonalities across them is the movement. All feature the slim DUW 3001 in-house automatic caliber first seen at the introduction of the Neomatik line two years ago. The DUW 3001 measures 3.2mm in height and features Nomos’ Swing System escapement, as well as a “rotor brake” system which locks the rotor in place, stopping its swing when the mainspring is fully wound.

The second common theme across the new models is the size. All of the watches actually measure 38.5mm in diameter, except for the Tetra which comes in at 33mm by 33mm. This increase in case diameter may be imperceptible from the existing 38mm cases of the Tangente, Orion or Metro, but the Neomatik movements had only previously been seen in 35mm to 36mm case variants of those models. Nomos fans need no longer choose between a Neomatik version of their favorite model, or one with a larger case.

On the face of it, the “At Work” are a fresher and slightly upsized version of what we have already seen before. The Tangente and Orion keep their familiar blued hands, the Metro its black syringe hands and quirky indices, and the Tetra its splashes of color from the outer dial markings. These small touches can certainly be viewed as improvements, but on their own are modest progressions.However, each one of the above also gets two completely new dial options. The midnight blue versions feature a deep blue dial that acts as a backdrop to highly polished, rhodium-plated hour and minute hands and a bold neon-orange seconds hand in the sub-dial above six o’clock. The deep blue dials offer a complete contrast to the traditional white dials while still retaining the signature Nomos aesthetic. The blue dials immediately see the watches become more casual, but this is reined in by the polished cases and hands which keep the watches entirely suitable for office wear under the cuff.

The second new dial option is the most striking and will perhaps be the most polarizing. Nomos refers to it as Silvercut, and each watch takes on a silver dial with prominent horizontal brushing. The dial finishing avoids being too overwhelming by the seconds sub-dial retaining a more traditional and concentric groove finish and with a sudden pop of red from the seconds hand. This finish certainly fits the modern look intended by Nomos, though it looks more at home coupled with the playful styling of the Metro than the rather more refined Orion.
Finally, the Orion and Metro each get an extra watch to complete the “At Work” series. The Orion Neomatik 39 White is, as the name suggests, white. No blued hands or gold indices, just silver hands and indices over a white dial. It’s a very clean look, even when compared to existing models in the Orion range, though it may be a little too sterile for some.
Since its introduction, the Metro and its quirky styling has provoked mixed reactions; loved by some, and detested by others. The Roségold Neomatik 39 represents the first attempt by Nomos to offer a grown up, refined version of the model.  The familiar case shape, wire lugs and dial character are still there but feel slightly more muted, and sit inside an 18 karat rose gold case.  At first glance, the warmth and sophistication of the rose gold case and grey detailing act to suppress the playfulness of the Metro, but on closer inspection the familiar indices and syringe style hands are present and distinct.
Accompanying the “At Work” series, Nomos have also launched a newly designed deployant clasp which is also available to purchase separately.
Overall, these new models may only feature incremental changes but appear to be well thought out and are likely to prove successful. All of the watches are available directly from Nomos starting from $3,780 and going up to $9,700 for the Metro Roségold neomatik 39. Nomos
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