Nomos Glashütte Metro Neomatik 41 Update: ‘Dating’ A Classic

In 2014, Nomos Glashütte introduced an entirely new timepiece christened the Metro. Designed by Nomos’ Berlin-based stalwart Mark Braun, it offered a power reserve indicator combined with a sizable date window at 6 o’clock. Like its famous sibling, the Bauhaus-style Tangente, this timepiece displays signature small seconds at 6 o’clock, a characteristic element of all watches by Nomos Glashütte that display seconds.

Nomos Glashütte Metro Neomatik 41 Update

However, the first Metro model was characterized by a completely different style than all that had come before it. Instead of index markers and bold numbers to mark the minutes, the Metro came with a track around the perimeter of the dial displaying a pattern of very small dots and colorful double-digit Arabic numerals, lending the wide dial a clean and modernist appeal that continues to shine seven years later.

Connoisseurs of the brand also might have noticed the slightly different style of lugs as well as the only knurled crown currently in the Nomos collection.

Nomos Glashütte Metro: the real revolution is inside

However, the real revolution happened inside the case: the Metro was the first Nomos to be outfitted with the Swing System, an in-house developed regulator that premiered in hand-wound Caliber DUW 4401 in 2014.

Nomos Glashütte Swing System regulator components destined for automatic Caliber DUW 3001

Nomos Glashütte Swing System regulator components

The presentation at Baselworld caused quite a stir because very few brands worldwide are able to manufacture this crucial set of components that make up the heart of the movement. It marked another important step toward independence for Nomos Glashütte – a step that is very rare in the world of fine watches.

In addition to the initial Nomos Glashütte Metro Date Power Reserve, the current collection offers classic three-hand watches with and without date, dial variations, and two different case sizes measuring 33 and 38.5 mm in diameter. Caliber DUW 3001, which is notably flat for an automatic movement, supplies chronometric precision despite its slim 3.2 mm height.

Nomos Glashütte Metro Neomatik 41 Update in profile

Whether outfitted with a dial in white, midnight blue, silvercut, or champagne gold, the Metro design is stylish and timeless.

Nomos Glashütte Metro Neomatik 41 Update

This also true of the latest: Metro Neomatik 41 Update was introduced at the 2021 Watches and Wonders. As Nomos enthusiasts might conclude from the name, this watch boasts the brand’s latest date complication first seen in the Tangente Neomatik 41 Update, which Nomos introduced at Baselworld 2018.

A close-up look at the date of the Nomos Glashütte Metro Neomatik 41 Update

Instead of using a hand, the dial features 31 apertures around the periphery: the current date is framed in red by oval-shaped cutouts on either side and can be easily set in both directions via the crown.

Back of the Nomos Glashütte Metro Neomatik 41 Update

In typical Nomos fashion, the indication is impeccably executed, further underscoring the refined, clean character of the Metro. With the additional small numbers and dots it reminds me of a tiny celestial map or an ancient measuring instrument. Also, the gray textile strap vaguely echoing the minute marker pattern lends the timepiece an even more distinct appearance.

In addition to its visual charisma, the Metro Neomatik 41 Update offers a contemporary Glashütte quality caliber. Inside the thin stainless steel case measuring a mere 9 mm in height ticks a genuine manufacture movement: Caliber DUW 6101 is only 3.6 mm in height and features the aforementioned date ring around its circumference.

Nomos Glashütte Metro Neomatik 41 Update

The movement is finished to Nomos Glashütte’s high standards, boasting Glashütte ribbing, gold-colored engravings, perlage, and tempered blue screws that come to life through the sapphire crystal case back.

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Quick Facts Nomos Glashütte Metro neomatik 41 Update
Case: 40.5 x 9.05 mm, stainless steel
Movement: automatic Caliber DUW 6101, 4 Hz/28,000 vph frequency, 42-hour power reserve, Swing System escapement
Functions: hours, minutes, small seconds; date
Price: €3,500

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