Baselworld 2015 was the place at which NOMOS Glashütte launched its new Calibre DUW 3001 in the form of two new models.
Since it’s about the movement, let’s discuss that first. ‘DUW’ stands for ‘Deutsche Uhrenwerke’ (‘German watchworks’, according to the faded remnants of my high school German), and refers to the fact that this is an in-house movement.
Three years in development, the DUW 3001 is a 3.2mm high automatic movement whose design was based on their desire for as flat/ thin a movement as they could manage – almost all the parts in DUW 3001 are inserted between the base plate and the three-quarter plate. The DUW 3001 is a chronometer-standard calibre and the Minimatik, in many ways a most apt name for a Nomos watch, is one of the first pieces from the brand to feature this movement.
With a power reserve of forty-two hours, the new DUW 3001 has a Glashütte three-quarter plate, NOMOS balance bridge, 27 jewels, bidirectional winding motor, Incabloc shock protection, 21,600VPH, tempered blue screws, rhodium-plated surfaces with Glashütte ribbing, and NOMOS perlage.
Coming in a 35.5mm case, the Minimatik has a height of 8.6mm and a white silver-plated dial whose use of a combination of large rounded fonts for the numbers, bright red lacquered hands and what appears to be matching blue dots give it a very youthful, playful look.
That this is reputed to be priced at EUR 2,600 makes it not only a very attractively priced piece in itself, but also makes it, especially with the in-house movement, a strong contender for those who are looking at watches in this price bracket.
Oh and the other new watch to contain this movement? It’s the new version of the classic Tangente, the new Tangente Automatik.