A German watchmaker, Nomos Glashutte, launched the new Nomos for Wempe Weltzeit 5th Avenue automatic watch that has the same dial design as their earlier Zurich World Timer timepiece, but swaps the original HEIMAT (“Homeland” in German) inscription for NEW YORK.
The new watch, as its name suggests, will be available exclusively in Wempe New York Boutique situated on Fifth Avenue, one of the Manhattan’s busiest streets. Wempe is one of the best watch stores in the USA. It is the world’s famous German watch retailer known for its selection, service and tradition.
The new Nomos is one of the world’s best worldtimers in its price range (its retail price is $5,760) and it is issued in the limited series of only 100 numbered specimens. Besides the inscription “New York” at the 3 o’clock position which is colored in striking red, the same color has been used for the inscription “Fifth Ave” at the 12 o’clock position.
This limited edition timepiece features a galvanized and silver-plated dial. Hands are brass, rhodium-plated and faceted. If you look closer at its dial, you will notice that there are four displays. A traditional oversized seconds counter is located at the 6 o’clock position; the standard hour and minute hands are set in the center of the dial; a disk inscribed with names of cities (for second time zone indication) is visible through a circular aperture, and there is also a smaller disk with military-style 24-hour scale at the 3 o’clock position.
The home zone (in this case New York time zone) can be adjusted via a small pusher at 7 o’clock position, and after that, you can set your local time via a larger pusher placed at the 2 o’clock position. The name of your city must be chosen against a small arrow located at the 12 o’clock position.
Nomos for Wempe Weltzeit 5th Avenue is housed in a stainless steel case with the diameter of 40mm and the thickness of 11mm. The round case is shielded on both sides with sapphire crystals and features a see-through case back. The watch is constructed to resist water pressure up to 30 meters (100 feet).
The beating heart of the watch is the German Nomos in-house caliber Xi automatic movement that boasts all the usual decor and design elements that can be expected from a watch made in Glashütte (decentralized seconds, world time mechanism, stop seconds mechanism, Glashütte three-quarter plate, Glashütte stopwork, bi-directional winding rotor, Incabloc shock protection and balance spring from Nivarox). The 26 jewels mechanism can store enough energy to keep the watch ticking for at least 42 hours. It has a beating rate of 28,800 beats per hour (4 Hz).