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Nomos Lambda Watch Is New Higher-End Offering From German Brand

Nomos Lambda Watch Is New Higher-End Offering From German Brand Watch Releases

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.

Nomos Lambda Watch Is New Higher-End Offering From German Brand Watch Releases

Nomos Lambda Watch Is New Higher-End Offering From German Brand Watch Releases

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.

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  • Zeitblom

    “White” gold is one of those great mysteries. You take gold, and then pollute it with some junk which turns it a very nasty shade of grey. So you plate that with rhodium, which in short order develops holes so you can see the nasty grey underneath, requiring periodic re-plating. And all this bother achieves what? Something that looks very much like polished stainless steel.
    If you don’t like gold [you know… that stuff with the.. umm… gold color] then why not make watches in platinum? Yes, platinum costs about the same as gold, sometimes even less, a few percent either way. Oh yeah, I was forgetting that it is a fixed item of watchmaking superstition that platinum must always be vastly more expensive than gold.

  • cptodd

    I’ll love will remain with their less expensive offerings . . . specifically their world timer (Zürich Weltzeit). That said, the brown strap on the rose gold offering seems quite beautiful to me.

  • Ulysses31

    I’ve often felt that most implementations of a PR indicator are half-assed at best.  They’re either too small, utterly abstract or have no scale.  This watch puts the PR front and centre but perhaps it is a bit over-emphasised.  I love the minimalistic look, though it lacks any masculine touches.  Part of me loves the look but another part would be wondering how to weigh some flour with it – the dial does look a bit like a kitchen implement.

  • Kris C

    Those hands are just way too fine. Especially when colour-matched to the case. They almost disappear, or look like a wayward hair has fallen onto your watch dial. Ew! Who’s friggin hair is this?!? Oh, never mind, it’s actually just 2:30.

  • carolyn h

    A beautiful watch (though I agree about the blued hands) but wo! That is expensive for a Nomos! Sorry but I’ll stick to the Orion rose as my Nomos.

  • jmsherer21

    Absolutely Beautiful. Ariel, when is this one on the give-away!?

  • I’m surprised that James Stacy did not wrestle Ariel to the ground (maybe he did) to see who would write this post (as James is a noted Nomos fan). I like it, but I agree that blued hands are better than hair thin gold ones.

  • witchwatch

    Platinum will always be more expensive than gold due to it being much rarer. Do realise that alloyed platinum(95%, 5% alloy) is actually SOFTER than alloyed 18k white gold? So white gold has that ‘stealth factor’ that yellow lacks & is harder wearing & cheaper than platinum.

  • TheSkeptic

    My first impression looking at the watch was wow! Then I took a more dispassionate inspection and came away with a very mixed feeling. For me, the power reserve indicator is over-the-top. It’s like the watch is about power reserve and actual time is secondary. The design of the power reserve indicator is elegant and that is what unconsciously caught my eye. And it it is absolutely integral to ones impression of this watch. I took a copy of the watch into Photoshop and erased the pr indicator and the unique beauty of the watch disappears. I’m left feeling the pr indicator is a marketing gimmick. Now if that pr indicator was a date indicator then we’re talking!!