NOMOS Glashutte Club Campus
NOMOS Glashutte Club Campus is fitting for more than Graduates by Meehna Goldsmith
This detailed review of the NOMOS Glashutte Club Campus includes live images, specification details and pricing.
Club Campus 38mm with sapphire case-back
There’s no more perfect time to focus the conversation on the Campus series from NOMOS Glashütte than during graduation season. It’s now that students celebrate the successful toil of over a decade of academics and entry into the workforce. Little do they know what’s in store. Actually, I think it’s secretly Mum and Dad who are more excited about finally getting their children off the payroll. Nonetheless. Parents, significant parties and even the students themselves often mark the occasion by gifting the graduate with a watch. Depending on the watch received, it can mitigate the pain of cranky bosses and losing carefree summers.
The NOMOS Glashutte Club Campus is the perfect candidate to cheer up the newly-minted graduate. Known for its impeccable style, NOMOS puts another notch in its belt by giving the watch a spiffy California dial, the first time NOMOS has used this configuration in its lineup. You might be wondering what constitutes a California dial; it’s any layout with a horizontally split dial with Arabic numerals residing in one half, Romans in the other, doesn’t matter which style of numeral goes on the top or bottom. The dial is finished off with a small seconds at 6 o’clock, showing great poise and balance.
The two brands most known for California dials are Rolex and Panerai, with Rolex putting out the first one in the 1930s. Why it’s called a California dial? That can’t be confirmed, except, well, California had some involvement in its construction. I won’t divert with those stories. You can easily find the 3 most popular theories on the internet. Not only does the Campus have the cool California dial, but the numbers and indexes are punctuated with a phosphorescent lume, while the pencil-shaped hands get the same treatment for a nice glow-in-the-dark effect.
In recent years case sizes have increased with 40-44mm being the norm, but these can look awkward and too big on young adult wrists. NOMOS took this into account and sized down the series to fit naturally on smaller wrists.
The NOMOS Glashutte Club Campus comes in three different dial designs that are all handsome and easy to read. The Club Campus, the most elegant of the trio, sits in a 36mm case with a silver-plated white dial and orange outlined numerals and indexes with matching small seconds hand, all with a coat of blue lume. It’s a chic presentation and is quite an eye-catcher. It’s paired with a gray velour leather strap.
There are two models housed in 38mm cases offering more generous proportions for those with larger wrists or preferring a bit more real estate. The Club 38 Campus has a galvanized, white silver-plated dial with orange outlined numbers filled with blue lume and a punchy orange small seconds hand, which comes paired with an anthracite velour strap, while the Club 38 Campus Nacht shows off a sleek, galvanized ruthenium-plated dial with numerals and indexes outlined in blue and filled with beige lume. It also pulls out the orange color with its small seconds hand. This iteration is on an anthracite velour leather strap. While the Campus is marketed more for the male gender, what’s great about it is that the models will suit both women and men.
I’m not the only one who thinks the NOMOS lineup is striking. Its Bauhaus aesthetic has earned it near 140 international prizes and awards for design. And that’s in less than 30 years since the company’s founding in 1990. Some notable wins include the iF Product Design Award, Red Dot and Good Design Award, with two wins already in 2017.
Club Campus 38mm with sapphire case-back
As NOMOS combines good looks with utility, the stainless-steel Club case with solid steel back can tough it out to 100 meters without getting waterlogged. Even though you can’t see the movement, rest assured it’s a flinty engine, one of the most robust on the market. The Alpha is NOMOS’s first in-house built calibre and it’s a hand wind, which means you can have the pleasure of winding the watch and also looking very sophisticated and contemplative: all good characteristics for a graduate. The Alpha gives 43 hours of juice and its stop-seconds mechanism is a nice, upscale touch to set the time to the second.
NOMOS didn’t stint on the decoration either. The Alpha features blued screws, rhodiumed plates, Glashütte ribbing (aka Geneva Stripes outside of Germany), perlage and a ratchet and crown wheel with Glashütte sunburst. Very nicely appointed.
Additionally, watch enthusiasts might want to know that with the debut of the Alpha in 2005, modestly sized NOMOS earned the first Glashütte Seal of Origin, showing up its more refined and pricey German neighbors, Lange & Sohne and Glashütte Orignal. This seal only requires that 50% of the movement is created in Glashütte. To NOMOS, this was hardly an accomplishment since they produce everything in their factories except synthetic rubies and hairsprings. A very notable achievement considering many of the luxury brands you know barely skim the 50% requirement to qualify for the Swiss Made label.
NOMOS designed the Campus with graduates in mind because it felt there wasn’t anything else on the market specifically for this category. Since the fresh graduate presumably doesn’t have much of a bankroll, nor do his parents after funding the college degree, NOMOS offers a helping hand by subsidizing the Campus. A student discount, as it were. An awfully nice gesture, don’t you think? But there’s more. NOMOS offers a gift of their own. It will engrave a personalized message of your choice on the back of the stainless-steel case.
And, here’s the piece de resistance: the Campus will only set you back about a grand. Prices are £1000 for the 36mm size with a solid case-back and £1300 for the 38mm with a sapphire case-back.
Of course, the NOMOS Glashutte Club Campus isn’t limited to just the graduate. You can also commemorate your first scuba dive, bungee jump, winning tennis match or going on a round-the-world tour—any reason will do, actually. I’m thinking of drumming up an occasion so I can justify one for myself—or convince my mum and dad to get me one.