Take A Look At: NOMOS Lambda

Ryan Yip Take A Look At, Watches 1 Comment

Right out of the gate, the most expensive watch from NOMOS Glashütte. This well-known minimalist usually set prices at around $1,500 to $4,000. Even the Weltzeit, the watch that sent shockwaves through the system in 2014, is just retailing at ~$6,000. So what is so special about Lambda that caused NOMOS to slap an $18,000 price tag on it?

Watch’s I.D.

Model: NOMOS Lambda
References: Lambda 39 Ref. 952
Diameter: 39 mm
Calibre: DUW 1001 Movement
Power Reserve: 84 hours
Winding: manual winding
Price: USD ~$18,000

A Gentleman’s Take

I could not have stressed this enough, Nomos Glashütte is a synonym for Haute horology, and unsurprisingly, Lambda is another exhibit from Nomos to show off its immaculate craftsmanship.

NOMOS Lambda (Source: HODINKEE)

The first thing that I noticed on the dial is the golden writings. A really common color combination of white and gold, but the result is outstanding. Within the inscriptions on the dial, the ’84 hour power reserve’ is another highlight that ought to be pointed out, subtle but not boring. NOMOS further centered the spotlight on the power reserve by making a large sub-dial at 12 o’clock. On one side, it is to complement the dial design by adding some eye-catching factors on a rather minimalistic dial design (once again, typical NOMOS). On the other hand, I have a strong feeling that this is NOMOS’s way to boast the power endurance of this watch. Pardon me, let me rephrase, it is an ‘artistic brag’, allowing NOMOS to convey its message and serves as a stylistic embellishment. A win-win situation.

The geometric approach to the dial design is another thing that caught my eyes. Semi-Opened sub-dial at 12 o’clock and another one slightly above 6 o’clock, alongside with the ultra-thin hands, come to together to form a pleasant picture that is only seen in geometry. What may seem to be random circles and lines individually, displays the beauty of mathematics when combined together.

NOMOS Lambda
The balance cock that was engraved ‘Mit Liebe gefertigt in Glashütte’

It is all the small things (not a song reference, or is it?) that matter. A design so simple, yet it is telling us so much about this watch. If the dial design does not ‘wow’ you, turn the watch around and look at the balance cock. On it, the phrase ‘Mit Liebe gefertigt in Glashütte’ was engraved, which translates to ‘made with love in Glashütte.’

How can you not fall in love with this brand?

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