Nomos Glashutte Autobahn neomatik 41 date sports gray
Once again, Nomos Glashutte dazzled visitors to Baselworld with another exemplar of superb design. However, as Angus Davies reveals the new Nomos Glashutte Autobahn neomatik 41 date sports gray is more than a pretty face.
This detailed review of the Nomos Glashutte Autobahn neomatik 41 date sports gray includes live images, detailed specification and pricing.
My teenage son gravitates to clothes bearing designer labels. Like a sartorial magpie, he is drawn to brightly coloured garments and avidly hoards them in his bulging wardrobe. However, my cynical middle-aged temperament can see beyond the veneer of designer labels and styling. Indeed, I am able to readily discern the absence of quality.
At this stage, the bemused reader may wonder what this preamble has to do with the world of watches, allow me to explain.
Nomos Glashutte watches always exhibit a notable degree of style. A smidgen of Bauhaus functionality sits cohesively with clean modernity. The design language of this horological marque is attractive and successfully embraces the virtue of readability. However, unlike my son’s overpriced clothes, there is also an impressive quotient of quality and much technical virtue.
Over the years, the German watch company has continuously innovated. Since Nomos was founded in 1990, it has released a plethora of in-house movements. Furthermore, in 2014, the brand from Saxony unveiled its own escapement, the NOMOS swing system, a challenge few other companies have been able to surmount.
At Baselworld 2018, Nomos Glashütte unveiled its latest in-house movement, the neomatik caliber DUW 6101. The movement measures a mere 3.6mm in height, but has a significant diameter of 35.2mm. A highlight of the movement is the ‘quick-set date’ which allows the wearer to turn the crown in either direction without fear of causing damage. Initially, the new neomatik caliber DUW 6101 will be used in four models, but based on its impressive specification, I would be surprised if it did not see service in the future point.
One model featuring the new neomatik caliber DUW 6101 is the eye-catching Nomos Glashutte Autobahn neomatik 41 date sports gray. Beyond its technical merits, this watch is blessed with a very distinctive dial. Surprisingly for an independent and self-reliant company, Nomos engaged world-renowned designer, Werner Aisslinger and his colleague, Tina Bunyaprasit. This creative duo collaborated with the Nomos design department for over four years in order to realise the final design of the Autobahn. Its appearance evinces an abundance of style, but as I will go onto explain there is much more to this sporty timepiece than looks alone.
A thick blue, curving line dominates the dial. Its appearance resembles the sweeping scale found on a car’s dashboard instruments. Its surface is suffused with a generous application of superluminova, emitting a vivid blue shade in nocturnal conditions. The curving line accentuates the hours between 8 and 4 o’clock. Although its functionality may be slightly limited, its appeal is colossal.
Typically, watch dials are flat or slightly convex, however, the Nomos Glashutte Autobahn neomatik 41 date sports gray is anything but typical. Its dial is concave, resembling a bowl. This dipping profile is repeated for the small seconds display which sits lower than the surrounding dial epidermis. Despite the pronounced contours of the dial, each numeral is clear and simple to read.
The hour hand is presented in a vibrant shade of neon orange. In restricted light it glows with a blue hue. At first glance, I assumed the minute hand to be a central sweep seconds hand owing to its supremely slender form. It is not. The white minute hand, tipped in orange, points to the chapter ring with laser-like precision. Despite its narrow waist, the minute hand remains highly visible. Indeed, a fundamental strength of the Nomos Glashutte Autobahn neomatik 41 date sports gray is the way it deftly communicates time with matchless lucidity.
Positioned above 6 o’clock is an elongated date aperture. The display shows the current date adjacent the previous day’s date and the following day’s date. The significant scale of the date numerals augments ease of read-off. In true Bauhaus tradition, form follows function or, more specifically in this case, eye-appeal follows legibility.
I have long been an admirer of Nomos Glashütte. It should therefore come as no surprise that I have purchased two Nomos watches, one for my wife and a second one for my daughter. Put simply, I rate these German watches very highly.
However, in the past I have found some of the brand’s models too small for my behemoth wrists. Thankfully, in recent times, Nomos has produced watches more befitting my physique. The Nomos Glashutte Autobahn neomatik 41 date sports gray measures 41mm in diameter, has a depth of 10.5mm and sits wonderfully on my left arm.
Each surface of the stainless steel case is highly polished and neatly presented. For example, the interface between the crown and the caseband usurps the norm, showing a reassuring attention to detail.
Nomos Glashütte is justly proud of its neomatik caliber DUW 6101 and, therefore, it is understandable that it has fitted an exhibition case-back to showcase its magnum opus.
This self-winding movement contains 27 jewels and has a power reserve capable of providing 42 hours of autonomy. However, such numbers do not convey the magnificence of this movement.
As stated earlier, the date mechanism facilitates rapid date changes with a few twists of the crown. Moreover, the crown can be turned in either direction, safe in the knowledge that no harm will come to the movement. These attributes are not exclusive to Nomos. Other brands offer watches proffering the same benefits, but few watches deliver these features at this price point. It should, therefore, come as no surprise to disciples of Nomos that the German brand has once again delivered outstanding value for money. Indeed, value is a key pillar of the company’s DNA.
Readers should not misconstrue, value for money does not mean inferior. Anything but. Indeed, a close look at the neomatik caliber DUW 6101 reveals impressive finishing. The three-quarter plate is embellished with Glashütte ribbing, the mainplate is adorned with perlage and thermally blued screws uphold fine watchmaking practise.
The balance bridge is affixed with two screws, conferring greater stability, and the stop-seconds mechanism allows synchronisation with a reference clock. The movement is regulated in six positions. On the face of it, there are few concessions with this movement.
The Nomos Glashutte Autobahn neomatik 41 date sports gray confers a visual flamboyance. I accept the liberal application of blue tone may not be to everyone’s taste. Personally, I adore this flourish of colour on the dial. Nevertheless, for those would-be buyers who prefer their watches to be a tad more conservative, Nomos offers the Autobahn neomatk 41 date with a white silver-plated dial.
Despite its bold styling, Nomos has not sacrificed readability. The considered use of colour, font, proportions and shapes augments legibility. The unusual concave dial proves very attractive, yet, surprisingly, does not inhibit interpretation. In particular, the innovative date mechanism allowed the Autobahn’s design team to incorporate a large format date display, heightening ease of read-off.
Talk of design should not place the movement in the corner of the room. The neomatik caliber DUW 6101 deserves the same attention as its neighbour front of house. Nomos has crafted a peach of a movement, endowed with exquisite finishing, a stop-seconds mechanism and the brand’s own escapement. By paying close attention to the depth of the movement, Nomos has been able to produce a neat watch that sits unobtrusively below the shirt cuff.
As you may have ascertained by now, I adore the Nomos Glashutte Autobahn neomatik 41 date sports gray. It offers an array of benefits which distinguish it as special and the recommended retail price of £3,800.00 (RRP as at 6.4.2018) represents excellent value for money.
Would I like to buy this watch? Yes, I would love to own this paragon of contemporary design. Regrettably, funding my son’s university education and obsession for designer clothes currently precludes me from buying one of these exceptional timepieces. If only he understood that style and quality do not always have to come with an eye-watering price ticket. Perhaps I should send him to Nomos for a few lessons.
- Model: Nomos Glashutte Autobahn neomatik 41 date sports gray
- Case: Stainless steel; diameter 41mm; height 10.5mm; sapphire crystal to front and case-back; water resistant to 10 atm (100 metres)
- Functions: Hours; minutes; small seconds; date
- Movement: DUW 6101 caliber; Automatic movement; 27 jewels; power reserve up to 42 hours
- Strap: Woven textile strap in blue-black with stainless steel pin buckle.
- Price: £3800.00 (RRP as at 6.4.2018)