NOMOS Glashütte Watches: Where Art Meets Function

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Nomos Glashütte Watches ChicagoTimepiece enthusiasts the world over know that the gateway to luxury German watches is NOMOS Glashütte Watches, or NOMOS as the brand is commonly referred to. German watches, in general are quite unique, as their designs tend to be heavily influenced by minimalism and the Bauhaus style of design which seamlessly fuses art with architectural design, making no distinction between “fine” and “applied” arts.

NOMOS takes part of its name from the city in Saxony where most other German-made, high-end watches are made – Glashütte. Though NOMOS was founded just after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1990, the luxury watchmaker attracted dedicated enthusiasts and a cult following in its short history.

NOMOS’ watches are world-renowned for their straightforward, austere designs, a notable characteristic of German modernism. When NOMOS first began manufacturing watches, their watches were powered by ETA movements. Since 2005, however, NOMOS began manufacturing all watch movements in-house. With this, NOMOS watches are able to offer in-house calibers in uncomplicated cases with minimalist dials with reasonable prices.

NOMOS Glashütte: The Four Flagship Models

NOMOS originally produced four main watch models exclusively in stainless steel: Tangente, Tetra, Ludvig, and Orion. They all had manual wound movements presented on leather straps. And because of their popularity, they remain a part of NOMOS’ collection.


Tangente is the flagship NOMOS model, characterized by its clean, round case, with angular lugs, a combination of Arabic numerals and stick markers, as well as two center hands with a small, seconds sub dial.


Unlike the Tangente, the Ludwig features Roman numerals and a slim bezel.


The Orion is simplistic with stick markers and more curvy lugs.


The Tetra is NOMOS’ only square-shaped watch in the catalogue. Like the Tangente, the Tetra has a combination of Arabic numerals with and stick markers with a small seconds’ indicator.

In 2006, NOMOS introduced their first automatic watch, the Tangomat and have since added more automatic models to their catalog. And in 2013, they debuted their first gold timepieces – the round Lambda and the tonneau-shaped Lux watches,

With NOMOS Glashütte watches manufacturing their own movements, they are able to place more emphasis on perfecting their in-house calibers, unveiling their in-house escapement, the NOMOS Swing System, in 2014. And in 2015, they produced their tenth manufacture movement – the DUW 2001. Today, NOMOS Glashütte watches are powered by the Neomatik— an ultra-slim version of their DUW 3001 caliber.

NOMOS Glashütte continues to manufacture watches with new materials, colors, shapes, and complications, but each watch maintains the brand’s signature minimalist aesthetic. Though NOMOS watches’ understated design, their watches are still works of art—perfectly proportioned timepieces powered by sophisticated, intricately crafted calibers.

What’s more, NOMOS’ Glashütte Watches are affordable entry-level, luxury timepieces. To learn more about NOMOS Glashütte and selecting the right Glashütte or other luxury watch for your style, our knowledgeable team at Swiss Fine Timing is here to help.