There are approximately a dozen watch manufactories in the world, three of which are in Germany and all of these are in Glashütte. One of them, the smallest, is NOMOS Glashütte.
Following the fall of the Berlin Wall, much of the GDR's industry was dismantled,including the East German state owned watch making factory, GUB, situated in Glashütte. The town had a proud watch making tradition that existed long before the wall was erected. But back in the late 1980s all the industrial facilities were antiquated, most of the specialists were gone and almost all of the watches produced in the GDR had quartz calibres. Gray houses, streets that weren't fit to drive on and depressed people. Hardly a house had an inside toilet and in winter a thick cloud of smelly brown coal dust hung over the town. In 1990 Glashütte looked like most places in what was still East Germany.
Today, the watchmaking company belongs to five partners—with four of them working there. NOMOS Glashütte is therefore independent and not part of any conglomerate. NOMOS Glashütte currently has a staff of 250 employees. The great majority of them, around 220, work in Glashütte—including the company’s own department for research and development. This department is responsible not only for the development of calibers but also for their extreme production depth. Furthermore, it can take credit for several patents. Over 30 employees work for the subsidiaries NOMOS Glashuette USA in New York and the in-house creative agency Berlinerblau in Berlin, which is responsible for branding, designing watches, and everything else that goes with it.
- 10 January 1990: Roland Schwertner establishes NOMOS Glashütte.
- 1992: NOMOS has three employees; production begins in private dwellings. The company produces four models: Tangente, Orion, Ludwig and Tetra.
- 1997: The firm expands to a workforce of 14 and moves into its own facilities in Altenberger Straße.
- 1997: With the construction of a second stop for the existing movement – a refined ETA caliber – NOMOS’s takes its first step towards becoming a manufactory.
- 2000: Uwe Ahrendt becomes the company’s second manager.
- 2000: NOMOS grows and now has 31 employees. The chronometry becomes NOMOS’s second location in Glashütte.
- 2001: NOMOS presents the first date mechanism. It is patented.
- 2003: NOMOS presents the first power reserve mechanism. This is also awarded a patent.
- 2004: The town‘s former train station is chosen as the company’s new headquarters. NOMOS buys and substantially renovates it.
- 2004: The special edition model, Super30, is a hit: it sells out within a few months.
- 2005: The train station opens. With the construction of its own first automatic calibre (Tangomat), NOMOS becomes a manufactory.
- 2006: The first chronometer watches, which NOMOS developed for Wempe’s chronometer facility, are presented.
- 2007: NOMOS introduces a new watch model – the Club.
- 2008: NOMOS introduces a new, second automatic watch; the Club is now available in four different models: Club, Club Date, Club Automatic, Club Automatic Date.
NOMOS Glashütte is the watchmaking company that makes everything in-house. All ten calibers are proprietary and produced on-site in Glashütte. This is exceptional in the watchmaking industry. Thus, NOMOS Glashütte can ascertain the quality of its calibers. NOMOS Glashütte crafts its own timepieces without external know-how and with a proprietary escapement, the NOMOS swing system. This makes the company technologically independent. Only a few producers in the whole world are at all capable of independently producing this vital component of a mechanical watch movement. In the future, all NOMOS calibers will be equipped with this system.
α (Alpha): Manually wound movement
ε (Epsilon): Automatic movement
ζ (Zeta): Automatic movement
DUW 4101: Manually wound movement
DUW 4301: Manually wound movement
DUW 4401: Manually wound movement
DUW 2002: Manually wound movement
DUW 1001: Manually wound movement
DUW 5201: Automatic movement
DUW 3001: Automatic movement
The Watch Collection
The NOMOS Glashütte collection consists of twelve model families with around 80 watch versions; mechanical timepieces in the price range of 1,000 to 4,000 Euros. The two haute horlogerie models in 18-karat rose or white gold, Lambda and Lux, are the icing on the cake at NOMOS Glashütte. Only three of these timepieces are crafted a week; they cost between 12,800 and 15,800 Euros.
|NOMOS Lambda Rosegold|
Prizes and Awards
NOMOS Glashütte is a member of the Deutscher Werkbund, the precursor to both Bauhaus and the Ulm School. Straightforward German product design with a dash of Berlin: Renowned designers such as Werner Aisslinger, Mark Braun, and Axel Kufus work alongside young creatives on the best timepieces. Their work has been recognized with over 130 international prizes and awards—including the iF Product Design Award, Red Dot, and the Good Design Award, each multiple times.
Nomos Glashütte watches are being exported to Australia, China, Finland, France, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Canada, Luxemburg, The Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Singapore, Spain, South Korea, Taiwan, Hungary and United States.
Official website: http://www.nomos-glashuette.com