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Review – The Nomos Lambda Steel “175 Years of Watchmaking in Glashütte” (Video)

Glashütte is a small village but it is a big name for German watchmaking. Following the arrival of watchmaking in 1845 thanks to a man named Lange, watchmakers from Dresden and beyond implemented a flourished industry that will become the epicentre of fine horology in this country. Nomos, one of the youngest and most active brands located in this town, is this year celebrating “175 Years of Watchmaking in Glashütte” with a series of limited edition watches, including this one, a handsome version of the brand’s most exclusive watch, a Nomos Lambda with an enamel dial, a steel case and its beautiful hand-wound movement. So let’s take a closer look at it.

Nomos is a young brand based in the hometown of watchmaking in Germany, Glashütte. It launched its first collection in 1992 and since then, they have always been known for modern, sleek and accessible luxury watches. In 2005, the brand introduced its first in-house movement, the Alpha, which remained a simple hand-wound engine. But in 2013, the brand upped its game with a new movement, far more precious and executed in the traditional German way – with large rubies in gold chatons, blued screws and hand-engraved balance bridge. Clearly, when came the occasion to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the arrival of watchmaking in the town of Glashütte, this was a perfect movement.

Today, for our latest video review – more of them can be seen here, on YouTube – we take a look at the attractive Nomos Lambda “175 Years of Watchmaking in Glashütte” with a white dial, a watch that is part of a trilogy of limited editions also available in black and in blue. A quick glance will let you think that not much has been changed compared to the existing versions of the Lambda. But in fact, many things have been updated for this anniversary model. While all previous editions were made out of gold, the present watch is in stainless steel, making this watch not only lighter and easier for daily wear, but also far more accessible. Another update concern the case, now measuring 40.5mm in diameter – while gold models are available in 39mm or 42mm.

The dial of this anniversary Nomos Lambda again looks like older models, but it is new to this edition. Instead of the classic silver plating, the dial is coated with enamel – available in white like the watch you see here, but also in black and in blue. It results in a handsome glossy surface and a milky colour. The oversized and crystal-clear indications of the Lambda have been retained, with a small seconds at 6 o’clock and a large power reserve at 12 o’clock. Minimalistic and refined, all indications are given by ultra-thin and very elegant blued steel hands, which give a characteristic personality to this watch, light and aerial.

The piece de resistance is the movement, which can be seen through the sapphire caseback; the calibre DUW 1001, which is designed and developed to meet the typical Glashütte watchmaking design codes: a large three- quarter plate featuring thin radial stripes, a hand-engraved balance cock, a swan-neck fine adjustment, screw balance, and jewels mounted in gold chatons with blued screws. This movement is not only refined but its also powerful, with a double-barrel delivering 84 hours of power reserve. The hand engraving on the balance cock reads a sentence that means Lovingly Produced in Glashütte.

This watch is worn on a classic and discreet Shell Cordovan leather strap with pin buckle. Limited to 175 pieces per colour, it retails for EUR 5,800. Make sure to check the video on top of this article to get all the details about this handsome edition of the Nomos Lambda in steel.

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This post first appeared on Monochrome Watches - An online magazine dedicated to fine watches.

This post first appeared on MONOCHROME Watches - An online magazine dedicated to fine watches.

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