A few days ago, Nomos lauched a new edition of their famous model Nomos Worldtimer, called the Nomos Zurich Worldtimer True Blue (or in German, Zürich Weltzeit nachtblau). A Glashuütte-based manufacturer incorporated into this newcomer a newly developed swing system which has been introduced earlier with their new model in Basel (Baselword 2014 watch fair).
First of all, I want to say that Nomos has invested nearly 11 Million Euros to develop the new swing system. That perfectly shows how serious German manufacturer is about demonstrating the rest of the industry what needs to be done in order to make something exceptional. Building this regulating, swing system, especially the escapement, requires advanced technical capabilities that, I must notice, only a few manufacturers are able to enjoy.
After the Nomos Metro model that was presented earlier at Baselword 2014, the new Nomos Zurich Worldtimer True Blue is the second model that is equipped with this advanced system which offers more accuracy, robustness and durability.
The beating heart of the Zurich Worldtimer True Blue is the new caliber DUW 5201. This mechanism is not actually new, it is more like pseudo-new movement because it is the same Xi caliber that was used in the original Zurich World Timer, but with a little change – it comes with the implementation of the swing system with a tempered blue balance spring.
Besides, the movement specifications are generally unchanged. It features the same Nomos perlage and Glashütte decoration, the same dimensions (the diameter of 31mm and the thickness of 5.7mm), as well the same power reserve of 42 hours.
When compared with the previous Worldtimer, this newcomer brings a more complex and varied look that matches its complication as a world timer by showing the local time in two places simultaneously, from the choice of 24 global cities/time zones.
The case of the new Worldtimer True Blue is crafted from polished stainless steel and features straight lugs. The case measures 39.9mm in diameter and 10.85mm in thickness.
The watch boasts a stunning blue dial with rhodium-plated hour and minute hands. The home-time wheel at the 3 o’clock position is now labeled with a little red house icon. The hour and minute hands show the time at whatever city/time zone aligns with the 12 o’clock position. The time zones can be changed simply with the pusher at the 2 o’clock position which rotates the disc.
Nomos True Blue Zurich Worldtimer will be officially unveiled in October. The retail price is expected to be similar as the price of the original Worldtimer Zurich model (around $6,100).