Nomos Zurich Worldtimer Blue Watch

Nomos Zurich Worldtimer Blue Watch

Nomos Zurich Worldtimer Blue Watch Watch Releases

Achtung, German watchmaking enthusiasts! Since it was introduced in 2010, the Zurich Worldtimer - or Zürich Weltzeit, as it is known to our Deutsch-sprechen friends - has become one of the most compelling models released by the innovative German manufacture Nomos Glashütte.

Now, the Nomos Worldtimer is being released later this fall in a new edition called the Nomos Zurich Worldtimer True Blue (or Zürich Weltzeit nachtblau). This proves an exciting development for two major reasons. For one, it gives this model a blue dial option – but even more significantly, updates the movement with new technology to make it even more in-house and original. Thus, in addition to the new dial color the movement in this new model is different than the original Nomos Zurich Worldtimer watch.

The original version of the Nomos Worldtimer provided a stunning expansion of the brand’s original design mandate. While the majority of the Nomos models reflect a minimal, Bauhaus-influenced aesthetic, the Nomos Worldtimer displayed a more complex, varied, somewhat more whimsical look that fit its complication as a world timer (showing the local time in two places simultaneously, from a choice of 24 global time zones). The original version had real presence on the wrist, with its play of various visual planes on the dial’s white expanse and a healthy 40mm case diameter (definitely on the bigger side measured by typical Nomos watch sizes).

Nomos Zurich Worldtimer Blue Watch Watch Releases

While we have yet to see the Nomos Zurich Worldtimer Blue watch in person, it looks fantastic in photos provided by Nomos. As well, the transformation of the Ahoi model with a rich blue dial (via the Atlantik model Nomos released earlier this year, after previewing at Basel) makes us think this will be something special. The spike of red indicating the base home time on the new Nomos Zurich Worldtimer Blue adds a bit of sporty visual interest as well.

However, what sets apart the Nomos Zurich Worldtimer Blue from its previous incarnation is that the new model will now feature the in-house made caliber DUW 5201 – the company’s first automatic movement to feature the NOMOS swing system in-house made escapement. The original Nomos Worldtimer’s movement already had a most unique take on showing two time zones: pushing the watch’s “home button” caused an utterly smooth, graceful adjustment to the desired city’s current time. This complication proved mechanically sophisticated, novel, and quite simply a lot of fun to operate; once you got used to the system, readability was a breeze.

Nomos Zurich Worldtimer Blue Watch Watch Releases

While we can’t imagine the mechanism's update will change that experience significantly for the user, incorporating the DUW 5201 here still remains an important refinement (and makes Nomos one of the elite few independent companies able to make their own escapement technology). The swing system - which has already appeared in some previous Nomos watches and movements - is distinct: as opposed to sourcing elements from a Swiss conglomerate like ETA, Nomos developed its own in-house anchor, anchor-wheel and balance-spring (which is tempered blue, setting it apart from the brand's other non-swing system engines).

Yup, there's no Nivarox parts in this baby. The resulting movement was built up around the new parts, making this not just a revision of a previous caliber found in a variety of watches - as many so-called "in-house" movements actually are - but also an alternative to the more expected Swiss-style lever escapement. Advance images of the Nomos Zurich Worldtimer Blue also suggest that the perlage, striping, decoration, and jewelling of the movement remain as superlative (or better) than the original, down to its signature skeletonized peekaboo rotor. Then again, exquisite finish has always been a Nomos standard, so no surprise there.

Pricing for the Nomos Zurich Worldtimer Blue will remain the same as for the original Zurich Worldtimer watch. The new color will be available in October 2014 and the price of the Nomos Zurich Worldtimer Blue will be $6,100. nomos-glashuette.com

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  • Ilow

    Like it. Very nice and rarely seen dial colour – looks tope/midnight blue. Is there actually any advantage to the new DUW Swing system?

  • socabaptist

    Love this watch in white, love it in blue, IMHO this and the grand seiko are the best deals in the watch industry right now. In addition to having in house movements, this watch has the  world time complication. While I admire all those watches for hundreds of thousands of dollars, I think to produce a watch like this with the fit and finish and an in house movement is a greater accomplishment. I love companies that make great watches and make them at an accessible price point. 

    Great watch, great company.

  • chenpofu

    While I like Nomos watch quite a bit, this watch included, I don’t see how this is a world timer.  It gives you local and home time, it is more of a GMT watch.  You can click to a different city, but it does not give you day/night info for that place, not a true world time.

  • DG Cayse

    IMO, this watch, like many things in life, looks better from its ‘backside’ than from its front.

  • DangerussArt

    Man, that’s good lookin’.

  • socabaptist

    chenpofu you are correct, it is a GMT timer.

  • marbstiu

    Excellent function! to bad it’s not on steel.
    Not really liking the plain calfleather

  • See what you’re saying but the home/base time is on a 24 hr scale so that helps in the day/night dilemma to some degree, no? If I’m at a location, I know if it’s day or night just by being outside or looking out the window and a quick look at the home base time tells me what part of the day it is there.
    I suppose the only problem would arise is when I’d need to make a call to a third city on the scale that does not tell me if I’d be interrupting someone’s sleep or not.

  • Ulysses31

    A Nomos I actually like.  What a difference the colour makes.

  • I thought the exact same. I’m actually inclined to go try one on for a possible purchase; I’ve got a great spot in my rotation for a watch just like this, and a suit that will compliment it nicely.

  • Dollars to doughnuts that is Horween’s shell cordovan, not calfskin. An infinitely nicer material, but I agree that the black-on-black approach they always use is too boring.
    If that is all that’s holding you back, buy the watch and drop me a line. I’ll make you something out of bullfrog or fish or python and then you’ll see some personality.

  • CG

    very very nice…. band has to be changed to metal

  • spiceballs

    Its OK,, legible and seems reasonable for the $,  but no great fan of the date setup, strap or Citizen-like pusher.,   Window at “12”, s/s bracelet and Casio-like pusher would look nicer?

  • jlbama5

    spiceballs there is no date setup. I think what you’re referring to is the home time…

  • spiceballs

    jlbama5 spiceballs – – really?  – –  OK,  but suggested changes still apply, for me.

  • TimMcEvoy

    I recently purchased this watch, and agree that for the money it is one of the best values on the luxury watch market for what you get. Everything is exquisitely done. I had to decide between the white dial version and the blue (which was difficult), but the blue won out. It is a very subtle matte midnight/gray blue. Looks different in different light, and the silver hands and print provide a nice contrast. I ordered a brown shell cordovan strap to swap out the black though, as I think the brown will better compliment the blue dial.