Nomos was only founded in 1990 but has quickly become an important part of the German watchmaking story. Based in that country's horological epicenter, Glashütte, the brand is marking 175 years since the town joined the watch industry in 1845. Three new models in the Ludwig Neomatic collection are classical in style, appropriately taking inspiration from pocket watch designs — but Nomos's famously minimalist sensibilities infuse them with a modern feel.
Stark white dials, Roman numerals and blued leaf-like hands offer an elegant look that evokes that of pocket watches, but the brand has injected its own personality with thin black lines and a thin case. Housed in 35mm, 38.5mm and 40.5mm steel cases that measure between only 7 and 8mm in diameter, the collection makes use of manually wound (35mm version) and automatic in-house movements. Only the largest model features a date display — and even this is in Roman rather than Arabic numerals, an elegant albeit uncommon feature that may require an extra second to read.
The 35mm Ludwig Neomatic has a price of $2,260; the 38.5mm automatic model is $3,800; and the 40.5mm automatic version with date is $4,200, each of which is available in a limited run of just 175 examples worldwide. The watches ship on appropriately conservative-looking black leather straps and are available directly from the brand online.