Nomos Glashütte was formed by Roland Schwertner in 1990, a mere two months after the fall of the Berlin wall. The company employs over 200 people worldwide and is the largest producer of mechanical timepieces in Germany.
Nomos Glashütte designs its watches in its workshop in Berlin and produces them in Glashütte. Glashütte is a small town south of Berlin, near Dresden in Germany, world-famous for its watches and watchmakers for over 170 years.
Since the first time Nomos Glashütte timepieces hit the market in 1992, they were designed to be unisex. Nomos do not label their models as made exclusively for either men or women, regardless of the size of the case. And all of their timepieces wear great on the wrist.
Since 2005, Nomos develops and produces all its movements in-house. Almost everything is made by the brand, from the bridges to the beveled edges. The brand has a highly recognizable Bauhaus style, originally the design of Susanne Günther.
The Swing system
In 2014, Nomos designed its escapement called the Swing system, a project that took the company seven years and 12 million Euros to perfect. The escapement is at the heart of every watch’s caliber, and until 2014 a single Swiss company had been supplying virtually the whole watch industry. By producing their own, Nomos is no longer dependant on suppliers for this part.
Nomos timepieces have won dozens of design awards over the years, including the Chrono Award, German Brand Award, German Design Award, Goldene Unruh, and Good Design Award, to name a few. They have won the iF Design Award, which celebrates and rewards outstanding design for 67 years, nine years in a row! In 2018 they won the coveted “Grand Prix de l’Horlogerie” price. The Grand Prix de Horlogerie is the Oscar award ceremony but for watchmaking.
Who Owns Nomos Glashütte?
Nomos Glashütte is still owned by its founder Roland Schwertner. They produce an estimated 20’000 watches per year.
In 1845, when the silver and copper mines were running dry, Saxon King Friedrich August II decided to send a master watchmaker to Glashütte – Ferdinand Adolph Lange. Inspired by the Swiss watchmaking industry, he taught his craft to the people of Glashütte.