Something worth mentioning
As we all know, traditional timepieces with automatic movements are not particularly cheap. You have to be willing to pay a few thousands of euros for a watch and that’s not a movement with guaranteed specialties. A complicated watch, or a watch with an in-house movement is something most people can’t afford. Or can they? As a watch enthusiast you try to keep yourself updated about the latest in watch world and believe me that’s one hell of a job. I mean there are so many watches, it’s not that I don’t love to keep track of all news, but the amount of watches is almost equal to the amount of stars in our galaxy.. almost.
As there are so many brands, it is difficult to be outstanding and different compared to the great watch brands in this world. A brand that has had our attention from the beginning is Nomos. Everybody that knows Nomos, knows why we are interested in this brand. They create high quality well-proportioned watches with timeless design and above all, they use their own automatic in-house movements. Combining that with a price that’s not sky-high at all, we think Nomos is winning. If you don’t know the brand, we recommend paying a visit to their website, it’s worth your time.
Their latest achievement is an all new in-house movement called DUW 3001. An incredibly thin movement measuring only 3.2 millimetres in height, first presented at Baselworld 2015. Although the watch movement is special because of its small height, another feature found inside this movement is something worth mentioning. The DUW 3001 Calibre is the first calibre made by Nomos equipped with their latest novelty: the swing system in-house escapement. At the moment they presented this news, watch enthusiasts got attracted. Needless to say, the brand took a lift.
When Nomos introduced this movement it was found in their Minimatik collection. Now, more than half a year later, the DUW 3001 Calibre is presented to you in the Neomatik collection. A combination of their other collections – as known as Ludwig, Metro, Minimatik, Tangente and Orion. In this collection you will find several watches with a clear white dial and some watches with a tan-coloured dial. The white dialled watches have a design that comes with a few red and blue accents. As for the watches with a tan colour, they feature neon-orange accents.
When it comes to the DUW 3001 Calibre, we have to admit they did a great job on the numbers. This movement has an efficiency of 94,2%, meaning only 5,8% energy is lost in the process. For those of you who aren’t familiar with these numbers, the ‘normal’ percentage of energy-loss is around 20% (!). With the new escape system, the movement gets a precision that reaches the accuracy of a chronometer.
These watches are in our opinion great value for money, admitted they are a bit untraditional with the colour scheme, but that’s a matter of taste. We tend to like brands that do what they like in a watch and won’t get influenced by the ‘guidelines’ of the industry. Last but not least, for a proposed retail price of around $4000, you get much more than expected in the current watch industry. A watch with an in-house escape movement with great accuracy isn’t something priced like that on a regular basis.