Nomos Glashütte was formed two months after the fall of the Berlin wall by Roland Schwertner in 1990. The company employs over 200 people worldwide and is the largest producer of mechanical timepieces in Germany Since 2005, Nomos develops and produces all its movements in-house. Actually almost everything is made by the brand, from the bridges to the beveled edges. The brand has a highly recognizable Bauhaus style which was originally the design of Susanne Günther and is appreciated for its great value for money.
Five interesting facts about Nomos Glashütte
1 – Unisex watches
Since the first time Nomos Glashütte timepieces hit the market in 1992 they were designed to be totally 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.
2 – Dozens of design awards
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 since 67 years, nine years in a row! In 2018 they won the coveted “Grand Prix de l’Horlogerie” price. The Grand Prix de l’Horlogerie is the Oscar award ceremony but for watchmaking.
3 – Mainly stainless steel
The company only produced stainless steel watches until 2013 when it decided to do a few special collections in gold.
4 – Its own escapement called the Swing system
In 2014, Nomos designed its own 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.
5 – Made in Glashütte
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. 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 was instructed to teach his craft to the people of Glashütte.