Little known secret: The NOMOS Metro is one of my top three favourite NOMOS watches to date. A watch where every single component seems to have its own story. The peculiar crystal design, the by now iconic dial layout with its subtle splashes of colour, the well-thought-out design of the hands, and of course the thin yet sturdy in-house caliberCaliber The caliber ('movement') is the heart and engine of a watch. It consists of a number of interconnected components that work together. Energy is transmitted through the gear train, to the escapement mechanism. The escapement mechanism releases this energy in a controlled manner. This drives the gear train, which ultimately rotates the hands of the watch and keeps time. [More Info]. With this new ‘Update’ NOMOS introduces their patented NOMOS ring date in neon orange to the Metro family at NOMOS.
While this patented date design has already been seen on other watches at NOMOS, it is a first for the Metro range. In my most humble of opinions, this is also the best looking version to date (no pun intended). The NOMOS Metro dial has a very strict layout that is softened only by its use of hints of color in combination with a relaxed case and lug design. Without any color and with a different case design this could easily be mistaken for a clinical instrument, rather than a fun and well built wristwatch. The right use of color is in my opinion a very important part of what makes these dials work, and NOMOS always nails it.
On previous Metro executions the splashes of colour were always present. Either on its unique power reserveRéserve de marche Also known as Power Reserve. A watch's power reserve refers to the amount of time a mechanical watch can run without being wound. The power reserve of a mechanical watch can vary depending on the size of the mainspring, the efficiency of the gear train, and the rate at which the mainspring releases energy. If a watch has a Power Reserve 'complication' it simply means that the status of the power reserve can be seen on the watch itself (either on the dial or movement side of the watch). [Learn More], or on the markings of the dial. Never too much, never too little, always perfect. And looking at this latest iteration of the Metro, you can see that the creative minds at their Berlin office are wide awake. They have toned down any colour on the dial, leaving only the NEOMATIK in a different shade. All color and therefore also most of your attention, is immediately drawn to the date window. Or rather, the date ring. It looks fantastic.
The star of this release is of course the date ring. It doesn’t only look good, but it is also a very effective design. This is NOMOS after all. Reading the date ring couldn’t be easier.Just look at the two orange little cutouts. According to Nomos, the cutouts are reminiscent of tiny little train carriages that we are used to see on Metro maps. I can’t say I disagree.
- CALIBER: DUW6101, automatic movement
- 40.5mm diameter, 9.1mm high, 20mm lug width
- stainless steel, bipartite, sapphire crystal glass back
- GLASS: domed sapphire crystal glass
- WATER RESISTANCE: 5 atm (suitable for showering)
- galvanized, white silver-plated, indexes at three, nine and twelve o’clock
- patented date ring
- oxidized black hands
- STRAP: Textile strap dark gray, woven, waterproof, with quick-change spring bars
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