The German watchmaker Nomos Glashutte is renowned for its inclination for clear design and sticking to basic watchmaking values. This orientation is once again visible in two new thin watches by Nomos which premier two brand new mechanical movements. Both Lambda and Lux, as these timekeepers have been named, include manual winding and the extended power reserve of 84 hours. In Lambda’s case, the remaining power storage is indicated with a scale on the dial where it complements central hour and minute hands and a small seconds sub-dial which are also utilized in the other newcomer. Their finely decorated novel calibers of the watches whose thickness does not exceed 9 mm are visible through the exhibition case-back. While the case of Lambda comes in the traditional round shape, Lux is the first timekeeper by Nomos Glashutte fitted in a tonneau housing. Both novelties are available in white gold, while the round one can also be bought in red gold. These models feature prices in the vicinity of $20,000 and are launched in a limited edition which consists of 100 pieces.
Two Similar Movements with the Thickness of 3.6 mm
Even though we have two new models by the German brand, Lambda and Lux, as well as their respective calibers DUW 1001 and DUW 2002 (DUW is short for Deutsche Uhrenwerke or German Watchmaking) which share a lot of characteristics, while the basic differences lay in the fact that they have different shapes and the fact that Lambda includes an additional power reserve indication. Both calibers are very thin with the same thickness of 3.6 mm which enables the overall height of under 9 mm. While Lambda’s DUW 1001 caliber has the diameter of 14 ¼ lignes (32 mm), tonneau-shaped DUW 2002 of Lux is 36.2 mm high and 28.8 mm wide. Moreover, while DUW 1001 includes 29 jewels of which six are in polished and screwed gold chatons, DUW 2002 is with 23 rubies (five in chatons).
All the other traits, including both technical characteristics, as well as embellishments, are practically the same. The first among them is the use of twin barrels which are responsible for the long power reserve which lasts for three and a half days. Likewise, both in-house movements made in the brand’s workshops are adjusted in six positions in accordance with chronometer standards. Both possess a screw balance with the frequency of 21,600 vph, a balance spring Nivarox 1A, as well as a swan neck fine adjustment. The decorations featured on two three-quarter plate movements also match, so one can observe sun-beam polishing, angled and polished edges, as well as balance-cocks which feature hand- engraved inscriptions that state “Mit Liebe in Glashutte gefertigt” (German for ‘made with love in Glashutte”).
Both Newcomers Available in Two Versions
Lambda is available in either 18 K rose gold (the reference number 930) or white old (the reference 931) tripartite round casing with the water resistance of 30 meters (it is the same waterproofness featured in the other novelty). The diameter of the circular housing is 42 mm (which is a bit larger than it is usual for Nomos products) while the thickness measures to 8.9 mm. The front is guarded with a domed sapphire crystal, while the same material offers the view to the functioning of the movement since it is used on the rear side (once again, this is the case for both Lambda and Lux models). Both versions of Lambda are made with a white silver-plated dial. While the white gold one has a galvanized face with rhodium-plated hands, the rose gold version is with granulated face and gold-plated hands.
Lux model by Nomos Glashutte can be bought only in an 18 K white gold casing which consists of three components. It is tonneau shaped and with the length of 40.5 mm, the width of 36 mm and the height of 8.95 mm. The dial is once again galvanized, white, with silver plating and with rhodium-plated hands. However, this model presents more options since it is available in all-white version (the reference number 921) or with a light blue printed periphery (the 920). Both models are paired with a black hand-stitched Horween genuine shell Cordovan leather strap which locks with a clasp made from solid chunk of gold. Lux is a bit more costly with the both variations being priced at around $20,350, while Lambda costs a bit less with the price tag of about $19,000 for the white gold version and even less (around $17,600) for the one with the red gold housing.