Baselworld 2018: Nomos Designed a New Watch Inspired by Vintage Cars

But it’s sure to be divisive.

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Verdict: Most of Nomos’s releases in the last couple years were expansions on core models, but the Autobahn Neomatik is a new watch from the ground up, movement included. The new DUW 6101 is a new in-house movement from Nomos featuring a quick-set date function that can be quickly adjusted both backward and forwards. (Many mechanical calibers can only set the date moving forwards.) Even with the addition of an automatic rotor and date function, Nomos was able to keep the movement relatively slim at 3.6mm. At 35.2mm in diameter, however, the movement is pretty wide, meaning the Autobahn’s case is large (for a Nomos) at 41mm in order to accommodate it.

The Autobahn’s dial design is the work of German furniture designer Werner Aisslinger and is inspired by vintage car gauges, much in the way Autodromo’s watches are. The dial design is concave, featuring a dished architecture both around the outer edge of the dial and the sub-second dial. The numerals and font are, in typical Nomos fashion, very clean but the biggest departure from the brand’s minimalist design ethos is the addition of a lumed track extending from eight o’clock to four o’clock, reminiscent of a speedometer. The date window at six shows three dates — yesterday’s, today’s and tomorrow’s — and is inspired by an odometer.

Who It’s For: Nomos watches have always appealed to younger men and women with a taste for neo-Bauhaus design, but we’re sure some Nomos faithful and minimalist design “purists” will balk at the large case size and bold, auto-themed dial design. On the flip side, we could see this appealing to watch enthusiasts who have traditionally found Nomos’s cases too small and its designs too reserved, and we’re sure the design scheme will resonate with some auto enthusiasts. In short, it’s sure to be divisive.

Key Features: A new, thin automatic in-house movement from Nomos with a quickset date function. Concave dial with an automotive-inspired lume track. Water resistant to 100 meters.

Size: 41mm diameter; 10.5mm thick

Movement: Nomos DUW 6101

Release Date: March 22, 2018

Price: $4,800

Learn More: Here

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