Nomos has expanded their distinctive line of watches into two new upmarket model lines, the Lux and the Lambda. Available this November, the Lux and Lambda (discussed here) represent a new direction for the conservative Glashütte brand as they move into small batch production of gold watches that are powered by a new range of in-house movements.
While we will cover the Lambda in an separate post, the Lux is arguably the outlier in Nomos' newly expanded lineup. Available in two 18k white gold versions - the Lux Weissgold (light blue and white dial) and the Lux Weissgold Hell (white dial), the range utilizes a tonneau-style case rendered in 18k white gold and measuring 40.5 x 36 mm. With wire lugs and a thickness of just 8.95 mm, the Lux should make for a very wearable design.
The Lux range is powered by the DUW 2002, a new hand-wound calibre that is produced in-house by Nomos. The DUW 2002 features twin mainspring barrels that provide 84 hours of power reserve to the three hand movement which incorporates 23 jewels and operates at 21,600 vph. Sporting a number of lovely visual elements, the DUW 2002 can been seen via the Lux's display case back, offering a view of the swan neck fine adjustment and the hand-engraved balance cock which proudly proclaims "Mit Liebe in Glashütte gefertigt” (lovingly produced in Glashütte).
With the simple and undeniable charm of a Max Bill clock, the Lux line retains the spirit of Nomos while offering something distinct from their current lineup. Of the two versions, I really like the Weissgold Hell (in German, "hell" translates to "light") which offers the sparse and minimal display that we expect from Nomos while perfectly integrating with the vintage-inspired minimal lines of the tonneau case. Either model can be had for $20,500 USD and will come fitted to a Horween Shell Cordovan black leather strap with a solid white gold buckle. Nomos is a brand normally praised not only for their recognizable bauhaus designs, but also for their very competitive pricing. With the Lux, they are applying their aesthetic and movement know-how in a high-end market that is generally home to more ornate and embellished designs. nomos-glashutte.com