The Nomos Metro has been around for more than a couple of years now. The Metro is available in different sizes, colors, and now – also with a new date function. For all the details, check out the detailed hands-on video review below:
The stainless steel case has a 40.5mm diameter and is just 9,1mm thick. The lug width is 20mm and the Lug to lug comes in at 47.5mm. At the center of attention is the dial: galvanized, white silver-plated with a nicely sculpted sub-dial that shows the seconds. Of course around the edges, you can’t help but notice that date ring, with the date indication in bright orange.
Beating inside is NOMOS’ in-house automatic 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] (DUW 6101). It is NOMOS’ first Neomatik caliber with a date mechanism. The movement is just 3.6mm high and offers 42 hours of 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]. It is an automatic movement, but you can also wind it manually of course.
The Metro with a new complication, a date function. However, NOMOS being NOMOS, they were not going to settle for a standard date window. Instead, they have gone for this date ring design, and I have to say, it is absolutely striking. A splash of color, without really distracting, and on top of all that, it is a very readable date indication. They could have easily chosen a more muted color for the date indication, but they went bold here, and I think it absolutely paid off. The Date ring concept is not unique to the Metro at NOMOS, as we have already seen in its iconic Tangente lineup, which was awarded the Challenge Prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve.
Now, this watch stands out not just for its lovely design, not just for its gorgeous in-house caliber, it also stands out for the incredible value you are getting here. I can not think of any other brand that can even dream of doing what NOMOS does. Indeed, the value you are getting here absolutely outshines the price you have to pay. You can zoom in as much as you want on the dial, you won’t be disappointed. The same can be said for the movement, which is mighty impressive at this price range. it is very nicely decorated and basically outclasses anything else in this price category.
The name suggests a 41mm diameter, however in reality it is 40.5mm. A tiny difference, but I thought to mention it here. I have a 16.5cm wrist, and the watch felt right at home. Thanks to that date ring, the dial wears visibly smaller than the dimensions suggest. the date ring adds some visual mass around the edge of the dial, which balances everything out nicely. It wears very light and thin on the wrist. Due to its unique design, I would also say this is also a very versatile watch. It’ll easily slide under a shirt cuff, and it can also look great with a simple t-shirt. The only limitation would be the water resistance, 5 bar, which means I personally wouldn’t be taking this swimming or to the beach. Other than that though, you’re golden.
If you are looking for a unique watch with a clear identity & design and an in-house caliber, a well-executed date complication, I strongly suggest you have a closer look at this watch. Definitely try it on in the metal when possible. If you like this design but want a watch that is a little bit smaller, you can also look at the smaller Metro Neomatik 39 or the standard Metro Neomatik which has a 35mm diameter.
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