If you look at the lead image of the Lambda in this post, the watch appears to have blued hands. Unfortunately I don’t think that is the case in the final watches. I think it would be smart to offer a blued-steel hand option, but according to Nomos, the hands are merely “rhodium plated” and appear to match the rose or white gold case – which is made clear in the rest of the images.
The dial of the Nomos Lambda is produced with a slightly granulated texture which likely contrasts well with the polished hands. Size proportions are good, and the dial has a nice mixture of functional elements mixed with Bauhaus simplicity. Nomos is not strictly a “minimalist” brand, but is less about wildly bold creations than happy looking timepieces that enjoy being on your wrist. They do offer a nice wearing experience. Nomos is further particularly proud that the power reserve indicator on the dial has indicators down to the exact hour of how much power is left – which of course are separated by half day increments.
Movement lovers are no doubt excited by the in-house made Nomos caliber DUW 1001 mechanical movement. Nomos for many is among the very few European brands that offer “affordable” in-house made movements. Perhaps the only one. The DUW 1001 ups the ante a bit and is very reminiscent of the highest-end movements made nearby in Glashutte. The movement offers the time with subsidiary seconds dial and a power reserve indicator. Two barrels offer a total of 84 hours of power reserve – which is half a week. The movement has many Glashutte hallmarks. First of course is the 3/4 movement plate. Next are blued-steel screws mixed with gold chatons and large red synthetic rubies. You see a lot of this blue-gold-red mix of color in Germany’s finest movements.
Last, and perhaps most aesthetically pleasing is the hand-engraved balance cock. With its swan-neck fine adjustment and decoration it is very much a creation of the region. Also, when you turn the crown, you see the prominent gear move and the lovely sunburst polish stemming out from that point. It is indeed a very lovely movement, and even at this price you won’t really be able to find aesthetics like this elsewhere. If you are curious, the movement is 3.6mm thick as well… and it operates at a frequency of 21,600 bph.
Attached to the Nomos Lambda watch is an American strap. The high-end leather strap in either brown or black is Horween Genuine Shell Cordovan with a nice solid 18k gold buckle. While Nomos entry price points are much lower, the Lambda (and Lux) help top out its collection. Price is $17,800 in 18k rose gold and about $18,800 in 18k white gold. nomos-watches.com