On our journey, through the peculiar world of horology, we have been very fortunate to create new connections and forge lasting friendships. We have also learned a thing or two about what makes a watch stand the test of time. Today, we are beyond proud to present the result of our collaboration with the fantastic people at NOMOS Glashütte: The Atelier DE GRIFF x NOMOS Glashütte Club 36 Limited Edition.
A limited edition (21 pieces) NOMOS Club in 36mm with custom caliber, custom specs, and custom dial. It features a customized Alpha caliber, now with NOMOS’s Swing system, their in-house escapement. We also beefed up the specs by doubling the standard water resistance up to 200meters. For the face of the watch, we opted for a gorgeous black sunburst dial and a touch of red on the seconds hand. The watch comes on the fantastic NOMOS bracelet and it ships with a little gift as well. They are available now in our shop.
NOMOS Glashütte is the largest manufacturer of mechanical timepieces in Germany. An independent manufacture known for making high quality watches, with a crystal-clear identity and a strong design language (if you have a moment, check out our visit to the manufacture from a while back).
For this limited edition with NOMOS Glashütte we wanted to embrace what makes NOMOS so unique and highlight that in this watch while adding a touch of DE GRIFF magic.
We started with imagining the unthinkable: What if you could have only one watch in your collection? What could be a perfect one watch collection? We selected the NOMOS Glashütte Club as our canvas. A modern and versatile icon by NOMOS Glashütte.
We opted for the Club in 36mm, which is not the obvious choice in today’s watch world. It is the right choice according to us. It has a versatile 36mm by 8.2mm stainless steel case design, and a lug-to-lug size of approximately 47mm. These proportions are right on target for a watch that seeks to answer the fundamental ‘only watch’ question.
Talking about a one watch collection, such a watch should be able to go anywhere and do anything. As a result, the watch needs to meet a broad range of requirements. From a practical perspective that means we must consider water resistance. Therefore, on this limited edition you will find a new crown with a double gasket. The crown, in combination with the screwed in bottom of the Club case, allows us to double the standard water resistance to 200 meters.
In keeping with the theme, we have also opted for a stainless steel bracelet. The design of this bracelet simply screams NOMOS and also wears very comfortably on the wrist. It features a slide clasp allowing for quick adjustment. The links are brushed and the NOMOS clasp is highly polished. For maximum versatility, the bracelet features quick release spring bars, which makes swapping straps very easy.
Moving past the case & bracelet properties, we then need to talk about the face of the watch. Presented with a myriad of options we opted for a sunburst black dial which is another first for the 36mm Club. The sunburst effect is first applied on the blank brass dials. This is then followed by metallic refinement with ruthenium in an electroplating bath. Afterwards, a black cellulose lacquer is applied.
As a result, we end up with a warm sunburst effect unlike any other. The soft sunburst effect appears almost matte in broad daylight and it springs to life as soon as an indirect light source hits the dial.
The numerals and indexes are printed and given a generous application of Superluminova. The same treatment is given to the hour and minute hands. Finally, to add a subtle splash of color, we opted for a warm red color for the seconds hand.
Having discussed the choice of the face of the watch, we need to talk about what makes this watch tick. We opted for a manually wound Alpha caliber with a twist. The Alpha caliber is NOMOS’ very first caliber and a proven work horse. The in-house Alpha caliber boasts a 43 hour power reserve.
It is a Glashütte caliber which means you are greeted by typical Glashütte characteristics such as a Glashütte three-quarter plate with Glashütte ribbing, and Glashütte sunburst decorations on the ratchet and crown wheel. The tempered blue screws add a nice splash of color.
Aiming for something truly special for our limited edition, we added a twist to the tried and tested Alpha caliber. We went straight to the heart of the matter and changed the standard escapement.
NOMOS is one of very few watchmakers that knows how to make their own escapement. NOMOS refers to their escapement as the “NOMOS swing system” and it is something that they are rightly very proud of. A standard Alpha caliber does not feature the swing system just yet. We’re proud to say that for this limited edition the swing system has been integrated in the Alpha caliber. You can recognize this thanks to the blue hairspring, visible through the display case back.
Celebrating the year of their release (2021) only 21 will be made and are exclusively available at atelierdegriff.com. This watch is not just a watch, but a celebration. As a result, each watch will ship with a special little gift: The NOMOS Sundial ring in stainless steel, with laser-cut time and month markers.
- Limited to 21 pieces
- Exclusively available at https://shop.atelierdegriff.com
- Stainless steel
- Domed sapphire crystal glass
- Sapphire crystal glass back
- Diameter 36.0 mm, height 8.2 mm, lug to lug ≈ 47 mm
- 20 atm
- Crown with double gasket
- Screwed back
- Black sunburst dial
- Hour numerals and indexes with white Superluminova
- Grey outline around the hour indexes
- Rhodium-plated, hour and minute hands with Superluminova inlay in white
- Red seconds hand
- Brushed stainless steel NOMOS bracelet (18mm) with polished stainless steel clasp
- Alpha, customized with NOMOS swing system
- Power reserve up to 42 hours
- Manual wind
- 17 jewels
- Height: 2.6 mm, Diameter: 10 ½ lines (23.3 mm)