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Ace Jewelers × NOMOS Glashütte Zürich Weltzeit Amsterdam Limited-Edition Watch

Ace Jewelers × NOMOS Glashütte Zürich Weltzeit Amsterdam Limited-Edition Watch Watch Releases

The three-year-old relationship between Ace Jewelers of Amsterdam and NOMOS Glashütte has borne a third limited-edition watch. Following the inaugural NOMOS Glashütte Orion De Stijl Limited, and last year’s Amsterdam-themed Club model, the Ace Jewelers × NOMOS Glashütte Zürich Weltzeit Amsterdam Limited-Edition watch takes this exciting collaboration to a new level of sophistication, both aesthetically and mechanically.

Ace Jewelers × NOMOS Glashütte Zürich Weltzeit Amsterdam Limited-Edition Watch Watch Releases

The Weltzeit model is famously NOMOS Glashütte’s top-end reference in the steel collection. The highly complex case is a mixture of industrial and organic angles. Designed by the late Hannes Wettstein, it houses one of the most intricate movements produced by the Saxon manufacture. The intuitive dual time-zone complication allows the local time to be adjusted with a simple click.

Ace Jewelers × NOMOS Glashütte Zürich Weltzeit Amsterdam Limited-Edition Watch Watch Releases

By depressing the pusher at 2 o’clock, the hour hand is advanced by one and the city-ring encircling the dial rotates counter-clockwise to position a new city at 12 o’clock. Meanwhile, your home time (which can be synchronized with the city of your choice) is displayed by the 24-hour disc at 3 o’clock.

Ace Jewelers × NOMOS Glashütte Zürich Weltzeit Amsterdam Limited-Edition Watch Watch Releases

These two elements — the city-ring and the decoration indicating “home” time at 3 o’clock — have been modified to evoke the spirit of Amsterdam. The city’s iconic flag replaces the house motif found on the regular Weltzeit. “Amsterdam” takes the place of “Berlin” on the city-ring, printed in eye-catching red to coordinate with the entirely new color scheme.

Ace Jewelers × NOMOS Glashütte Zürich Weltzeit Amsterdam Limited-Edition Watch Watch Releases

Echoing last year’s Club model, the Ace Jewelers × NOMOS Glashütte Zürich Weltzeit Amsterdam Limited-Edition watch’s dial is black, red, and white, just like the city’s flag. While the Zürich Weltzeit is an understandably popular canvas for special editions, the matte black dial is a welcome addition to what is an otherwise narrow selection (the standard Weltzeit is only available in the blue and the silver-plated “white” dials for which NOMOS is known).

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Ace Jewelers × NOMOS Glashütte Zürich Weltzeit Amsterdam Limited-Edition Watch Watch Releases

The pattern of releases from Ace Jewelers and NOMOS Glashütte has clearly captivated the retailer and brand’s shared audience, with the first two models (limited to 100 and 75 pieces, respectively) selling out quickly, and this, the third model (limited to just 25 units), moving at a record pace. This is the most expensive of the three (and just about as expensive as a steel NOMOS can be), but it is, in my opinion, an excellently timed release. Leading with the Orion De Stijl (€1,920) to establish the partnership gave rise to a following that gobbled up the even more affordable Club Amsterdam (€1,400). It seems the time is ripe to unveil the model that many might have anticipated given the city of Amsterdam’s international relevance and the conspicuous absence of a Weltzeit celebrating the Dutch capital.

Ace Jewelers × NOMOS Glashütte Zürich Weltzeit Amsterdam Limited-Edition Watch Watch Releases

NOMOS Glashütte Zürich Weltzeit Limiteds always make for fun watches that are tied to a place in a far more practical way than many “city” editions. In recent years, NOMOS has become more comfortable pushing the boat out with these designs. This can only be a good thing. Some of the color schemes may be a bit “out there,” but this willingness to experiment brought us the Singapore “Red Dot” Edition and now this, sleek, stylish, memorable model.

Ace Jewelers × NOMOS Glashütte Zürich Weltzeit Amsterdam Limited-Edition Watch Watch Releases

That such a palatable colorway does not exist in the core collection adds to this piece’s appeal. With the majority of the Ace Jewelers × NOMOS Glashütte Zürich Weltzeit Amsterdam Limited Edition watches already spoken for, it surely won’t be long before NOMOS Glashütte can notch up a third straight home run with Ace at the plate. The Ace Jewelers × NOMOS Glashütte Zürich Weltzeit Amsterdam Limited-Edition watch is currently available direct from the Ace Jewelers stores (located on Van Baarlestraat and on Königsplein in Amsterdam), and through the retailer’s international e-boutique, and is priced at €4,620. To learn more, visit nomos-glashuette.com.

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  • SuperStrapper

    Highly complex case you say.

    • Yeah, the lugs are all detachable because of the slightly concave top surface, which needs to be polished at such an angle it would otherwise destroy the bezel were the lugs part of the case. The main body of the case is also quite unusual in that it’s not straight sided (it tapers in towards the wrist very slightly). And the crown collar is another unusual addition that is a headache to machine.

      Okay, it’s not Akrivia levels of complexity, but for NOMOS it is outstanding (and, I think, a work of art).

  • Esteban

    They’re beautiful, but very silly (ridiculous and superfluous date-wheel, mixture of numerals).

    • Paul Meister

      Its not a date wheel, its the home time.

      • Esteban

        They’re beautiful, but very silly (ridiculous and superfluous home time wheel, mixture of numerals).

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Oh dear Nomos what are you doing? From someone who has spent more time in Amsterdam than is good for me i see nothing in this model evoking the spirit of Amsterdam. All i see is a company going against their M.O. of refined uncomplicated beautiful dials to this mess.

    • Berndt Norten

      No, no, Raymond, it’s exquisite! It’s to be welcomed. Patek doesn’t do just one style–consider Sir Paul’s Aquanaut vs. ACIII’s Calatrava. They’re world’s apart. This is cause for celebration. Nomos is growing up, spreading its wings, branching out, diversifying. I love it. Remember why so many people (not all) find Panerai ‘boring.’ It’s because they all look the same.

  • Jared

    nice watch until you see that 24h display…once you do this goes straight into the “kill it with fire” category

    • Paul Meister

      What do you mean, its the home time indicator? Kind of important to the whole operation.

  • PR

    On a slightly side note how is Nomos doing? They have been very quiet for a while and the last thing they launched didn’t exactly get much attention after the week or two of news cycles. I haven’t heard any discussion on the forums asking for which model to buy or the usual “this vs that”.

    I do wish they would come out with a completely new design at a tighter price point, that market did best for them be it the basic club or basic manual wind tangente/Orion.

    • Independent_George

      I guess they are doing fine. Haven’t heard that they are doing poorly, but who really knows how any watch company is doing. My salesperson at my favorite AD once told me that there are really only a few brands where customers walk in with that brand in mind and stick to it. There are the usual suspects — Rolex, Patek and AP, for example — but also Omega (I was surprised by that, but I guess I shouldn’t be, a Speedy is a Speedy is a Speedy), and Nomos (I was very surprised). But thinking about it, it makes sense. People interested in buying a Nomos are looking for a very specific aesthetic at a particular price range and Nomos really doesn’t have much competition for that market. Models that sold best at her store: Tangente’s and Ahoi’s (again, surprised. I would have thought it was the Club).

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