Watches and Wonders 2021: NOMOS Glashütte Metro Neomatik 41 Update, Or A Compliment for Urbanism

We think about redesign with an enlarged and improved version of Nomos’ award-winning Metro model.

As if the world of watchmaking appeals to a different world. Although our favorite astronomical watches, models resistant to extreme conditions and pulsometers are unbelievably valuable, it is hard to say that they correspond to our ordinary life when you think about it. These watches are as if says, “We don’t appeal to people who take the subway to work and say if I go home in the evening or meet my friends.”

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Therefore, we had found Metro exciting when it was presented at Baselworld 2014. The Metro model, presented by Nomos Glashütte, a young (first watch dated 1992) and Germany’s best-selling watch brand, in front of a metro map with taking Berlin to the center of metropolitan cities, appealed to people on “city streets” just like us. This approach and Bauhaus-style design soon attracted a lot of attention, collected many design awards, and immediately became a classic. 14 different versions of Metro have been produced until today.

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Nomos Metro was designed by German designer Mark Braun and received many awards for this design.

The name behind the design of the Metro model according to the concept of “Form follows function” is 1975 Berlin-born designer Mark Braun. The successful industrial designer, who was not actually a watch designer, successfully moved the codes of the contemporary “urban” design concept to the watch, moving it to another point from the mostly similar watches of the entire watchmaking industry. At this first hour, the watches show dots with hour hand and minute hand, for example — Can we call it a pin that determines the city’s metro stations?

A Short Break to Metro for New Decks

Tangente Update Midnight Blue

Nomos Glashütte, who participated in Watches and Wonders fair for the first time this year along with many brands after leaving Baselworld fair, announced Tangente Update Midnight Blue, colorful Club Campus versions and a version updated by Metro, with Tangente 38 MSF, the 2.021 limited models that provide funding to Doctors Without Borders, which celebrates its 50th anniversary.

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The new colors of Club Campus, the back of which can be personalized (as the name suggests, an awesome college gift)

Dec Is Over: New Metro

The most important thing about the new Nomos Metro Neomatik 41 Update is that the brand has introduced an updated new mechanism, the DUW 6101, which is produced in-house with this model (the brand calls its in-house machines Neomatik).

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The second is that the neon orange color on the dial, which matches the gray textile belt (also green in Tangente Update Midnight Blue with blue Arabic green), shows the date. Two patents were obtained with the date representation in this ring format (a nice detail where the color changes as the date changes on the dial).

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The DUW 6101 was first announced in 2018 with the Tangente Neomatic 41 Update, but has been updated with the date function, which can be taken back and forth in the new version. The mechanism again has the oscillation system that is the signature of Nomos watches; this proprietary companion, indicated by a hardened blue balance spring, is accompanied by several clock-making features typical of Glashütte watches, such as three-quarter plate, ribbed polish, hardened screws.

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Another important detail is that the case needs to be expanded along with the new 35.2 mm wide mechanism, so that the 37 mm and then 39 mm version of the watches have been increased to 41 mm to make those who love large watches happy. But that does not make the watch any thicker, because the mechanism is 3.6 mm, the watch is still thin.

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A scene from “Playtime” that summarizes our office lives.

Then, let us think about being townsmen with Nomos Metro Noematik 41 Update, watch “Playtime” again by Jacques Tati and dream about days that we can get on the subway again.