NOMOS Glashutte Ludwig Neomatik 41 Date

Angus Davies enjoys a week in the company of the NOMOS Glashutte Ludwig Neomatik 41 Date and reports on his ‘hands-on’ experience.

This detailed review of the NOMOS Glashutte Ludwig Neomatik 41 Date includes live images, specification details and pricing.

NOMOS Glashutte Ludwig Neomatik 41 Date

I only write about watches I admire. I will frequently use words such as ‘lucid’, ‘clean’, ‘legible’ and ‘readable’. However, the fact is not every watch proves simple to interpret.

On occasions, I will view a watch dial and note the chronograph registers impinge on the hour markers or they prove too large or too small. A brand’s logo sometimes overwhelms a dial, squashing the indications into a illegible form. Differing depths and textures can imbue a dial with much interest but should be used sparingly, there are no excuses for clutter. Numerals should be legible but without occupying too much room. Hands should convey meaning clearly by employing pronounced tips which kiss the markings on the minuterie.

Some watches articulate the time with notable clarity and confer an abundance of style. Over the last week, I have been wearing a NOMOS Glashutte Ludwig Neomatik 41 Date. Its dial stands out as a paragon of Teutonic efficiency, conveying information, free of ambiguity, in a readily interpretable form. However, as I will go on to explain, there are many other reasons why this watch proves especially impressive.

The dial

The epidermis of the dial is described as ‘galvanised, white silver-plated’. In reality, it is not a brilliant white, but resembles an off-white shade, sometimes even appearing silver.

NOMOS Glashutte Ludwig Neomatik 41 Date

The hour, minute and seconds hands are presented in a shade of cornflower blue, a hue achieved through thermal bluing. The hands exhibit a graceful, lithe appearance. Both the minute and seconds hands stretch, intimately kissing the markings on the minuterie and the periphery of the small seconds display, respectively.

NOMOS Glashutte has used Roman numerals and svelte batons to indicate the hours. Interestingly, one idiosyncrasy relating to the hour markers is that the Roman numerals appear at 2, 8, 10 and 12 o’clock. The uneven positioning of the Roman numerals does not look out of place and endows the dial with a subtle individuality which I personally find endearing.

The minuterie denotes minutes with a combination of short, crisp black strokes and Arabic numerals, positioned at 5-minute integers.

A generously proportioned date display is positioned at 4 o’clock. The date disc sits close to the dial surface and the numerals are quite large, both factors which augment readability.

The small seconds display is positioned above 6 o’clock. It is biased towards the fulcrum of the dial. The surface of the small seconds display sits lower than the main dial area and is snailed, providing agreeable contrast.

The case

The 40.5mm stainless steel case is somewhat of an enigma. Despite wearing the NOMOS Glashutte Ludwig Neomatik 41 Date for several days and appraising its case at close quarters, I cannot believe it is only 40.5mm wide. This watch looks significantly bigger, especially when worn. One reason I suspect the watch looks larger is that it has a sizeable dial area with a slender bezel. 

NOMOS Glashutte Ludwig Neomatik 41 Date

All surfaces of the case are highly polished, yet the NOMOS Glashutte Ludwig Neomatik 41 Date has an unassuming temperament. The three-part case construction facilitates ease of repair and servicing. While NOMOS Glashutte watches are accessibly priced, the case of this watch is pleasingly executed and reveals no tell-tale indications of its modest asking price. The case-band arcs inwards as it approaches the case-back, conferring additional appeal.

The crown sits close to the case-band affording a neat appearance. However, there is a small recess adjacent the knurled section of the crown which allows the thumb and index finger sufficient purchase to easily pull the crown to positions 1 or 2.

The lugs are slim and elongated. Again, this may be a further reason for the watch appearing larger than its stated diameter of 40.5mm. The NOMOS Glashutte Ludwig Neomatik 41 Date is supplied with a ‘Horween Genuine Shell Cordovan’ black strap, paired with a stainless steel pin buckle.

While I have said much about the diameter of the watch, I have failed to mention another attribute of this timepiece. It is slim with a case height of just 7.7mm, a beneficial upshot of using the Caliber DUW 6101. Furthermore, the watch weighs in at a modest 54g, augmenting wearer comfort.

The movement

At Baselworld 2018, Nomos Glashutte unveiled several new watches, each endowed with the company’s latest movement, the Caliber DUW 6101.

NOMOS Glashutte Ludwig Neomatik 41 Date

The new self-winding movement fitted to the NOMOS Glashutte Ludwig Neomatik 41 Date is very thin, with a height of only 3.6mm. This is especially impressive considering the presence of an oscillating weight.

NOMOS Glashutte has enriched the Caliber DUW 6101 with a plethora of smile-inducing features. The main-plate is decorated with perlage. The three-quarter plate is embellished with Glashütte ribbing and gold engraved text. Thermally blue screws feature on the three-quarter plate and the balance bridge. The oscillating weight is open-worked, allowing the wearer to see the delightfully decorated three-quarter plate below.

One of the many strengths of this German watch company is its technical capability. In 2014, NOMOS Glashutte developed its own ‘swing-system’, a term it uses to describe its in-house escapement. Only a few firms have achieved this feat. Even those companies who describe their movements as ‘manufacture’ often purchase third party escapements.

The Caliber DUW 6101 features an ingenious date mechanism. The date ring encircles the movement, allowing the date to be positioned near the edge of the dial. A benefit of taking this approach is that the watch can incorporate a large date, proving easier to read. Another attribute of the date mechanism is that it allows the wearer to turn the crown in either direction without fear of harming the movement.

Closing remarks

Writing about the NOMOS Glashutte Ludwig Neomatik 41 Date has exposed the limitations of my vocabulary. Despite repeated efforts I find it difficult to describe this watch without saying ‘slim’, ‘slender’ or ‘svelte’. However, the fact remains that many elements of this watch are thin. This slenderness imbues the watch with an elegant mien and yields sublime wearer comfort.

While this timepiece has a slender waist and low mass, it doesn’t shortchange the wearer. The self-winding movement provides user-convenience, making it ideal for daily wear. The Caliber DUW 6101 is enhanced with sublime finishing and the impressive in-house movement features the brand’s own escapement.

Finally, I have to return to the dial of this watch. It displays each indication clearly and free of any ambiguity. All elements of the display are suitably spaced with nothing appearing squashed, ensuring style and functionality are omnipresent.

Further reading

Technical specifications

  • Model: NOMOS Glashutte Ludwig Neomatik 41 Date
  • Case: Stainless steel case; diameter 40.5mm, height 7.7mm; sapphire crystal to front and case-back; water resistant to 5 ATM (50 metres).
  • Functions: Hours; minutes; small seconds; date
  • Movement: Caliber DUW 6101; Self-winding movement; 27 jewels; power reserve up to 42 hours.
  • Strap: ‘Horween Genuine Shell Cordovan’ black strap paired with a stainless steel pin buckle
  • Price: £3,140 (RRP as at 12.8.2018)