NOMOS Glashütte Lambda: celebrating 175 years of history
The German watch maker is celebrating its 175th anniversary in style
When it comes to watches, Glashütte is basically the German answer to La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland. This relatively small town in Canton Neuchâtel was the birthplace of Rolex, Omega, Corum, Eberhard, Girard-Perregaux, Movado, Rotary and TAG-Heuer and by contrast, A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte Original, Tutima and NOMOS were all founded in Glashütte.
The story began in 1845 when Ferdinand Adolph Lange, a technical student at Dresden university, founded A. Lange & Cie, which would live on and thrive to become the household name in the German watch making industry that it is today. Lange had been tinkering with projects to improve the existiting technologies in pendulum for years and in the late 1860s, after building up the company's reputation for over twenty years, Ferdinand did three things. Firstly, he hired his son to help him run the company; secondly, he changed the company name to A. Lange & Söhne (=& sons) and then lastly, he became the mayor of Glashütte.
Lange, as most people call it, is the oldest manufacturer of the region and also the most renowned and respected. However, there's another brand from Glashütte that's been rising through the ranks in recent years and that's NOMOS Glashütte, colloquially referred to as simply NOMOS.
The company was founded in 1990 and their first timepiece, the Tangente, was designed by Susanne Günther with a very clear vision in mind. NOMOS wanted to make clean, modern timepieces in Bauhaus style. Over the course of the years, the brand certainly fuelled the growing appetite for minimalist designs and now they're unveiling a new watch to celebrate 175 years of watch making in Glashütte. The new piece is called Lambda. The Lambda is the 11th letter of the Greek Alphabet but the name also refers to the cosmological constant in space.
The stainless steel case houses a 29-jewel movement, the DUW 1001, made by NOMOS themselves. The gold chatons, there are six of them, in the Lambda are polished by hand using elder pith, as per tradition because that's how they've been doing it in Glashütte for 175 years. The power reserve is 84 hours.
The enameled dial, protected by sapphire crystal, is available in blue, black or white. Each version is limited to 175 pieces, with a retail price of €5,800.