Pre-Basel 2015: Nomos Metro 38 Datum

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    Pre-Basel 2015: Nomos Metro 38 Datum

    Swinging again

    Metro 38 Datum makes it possible: The new Metro version may not have a power reserve indicator, but does have the sensational NOMOS swing system
    Glashütte/Berlin, February 2015. What would Metro be without a power reserve indicator? The answer is wonderful, well-proportioned, clear. And a touch larger—1.5mm to be precise. The white silver-plated dial with delicate minute indexes and the extra-large date indicator appear considered and modern, while the blue hour indexes at three, nine, and twelve create a beautiful contrast to the red seconds hand. Particularly special: Metro 38 Datum also ticks with swing, the NOMOS in-house escapement, the part with which the watchmaking company enjoyed a major coup in 2014.

    This essential pace-setting component, which is decisive for the accuracy, robustness, and durability of a watch, can only be produced by a very small number of watchmaking companies. Since spring last year, NOMOS Glashütte is one of them, and has even managed to produce the part in series, which makes it independent from third-party supplies. DUW 4101, the fine hand-wound caliber at work in Metro 38 Datum, is clearly visible through the sapphire crystal glass back. With its introduction, hand-wound NOMOS movements with a date indicator are now also equipped with swing.
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    The new dial of Metro 38 Datum was created by Mark Braun, the Berlin-based designer behind Metro. Only introduced at Baselworld 2014, NOMOS Glashütte has already received the German Design Award as well as the Good Design Award and now also the iF Product Design Award for this already bestselling model. As time-consuming as designing the dial was, finding the right case size for Metro 38 Datum was almost more so; the new timepiece is part of the 38 series from NOMOS, but an exactly 38-millimeter diameter would have been too small to give the dial sufficient space.

    Various prototypes had to be produced, and lugs, back, and heights adjusted accordingly, in order to create the perfectly proportioned watch. According to Braun, the new version is “a harmonious and welcome accompaniment to Metro—and not only from a design point of view.”
    Metro 38 Datum is available with retailers from June 2015.

    Fact sheet
    Case: stainless steel, bipartite; diameter 38.5 mm; curved sapphire crystal glass; sapphire crystal glass back, height 7.75 mm
    Dial: galvanized, white silver-plated; indexes blue
    Hands: steel, oxidized black, seconds hand red lacquered Water-resistant: to 3 atm
    Strap: Horween Genuine Shell Cordovan black
    Reference number: 1102
    The movement: DUW 4101—NOMOS caliber with manual winding and date indicator; NOMOS swing system with tempered blue balance spring
    Diameter: 32.1 mm
    Movement height: 2.8 mm
    Power reserve: approx. 42 hours
    Characteristics: stop seconds mechanism, Glashütte three-quarter plate, 23 jewels, Glashütte stopwork, Incabloc shock protection, adjusted in six positions, tempered blue screws, rhodium-plated movement surfaces with Glashütte ribbing and NOMOS perlage, ratchet and crown wheel with Glashütte sunburst decoration

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    Re: Pre-Basel 2015: Nomos Metro 38 Datum

    I'll be waiting for the 35mm Tangente with the swing system. When that arrives, I think my wallet will be open...
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    Re: Pre-Basel 2015: Nomos Metro 38 Datum

    Price?

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    Re: Pre-Basel 2015: Nomos Metro 38 Datum

    Great-looking watch, well done Nomos!

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    Re: Pre-Basel 2015: Nomos Metro 38 Datum

    No information available yet on pricing. It will be released shortly after Nomos formerly introduces it in Basel.
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    Price?

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    Re: Pre-Basel 2015: Nomos Metro 38 Datum

    I like the very slightly increased size, but now it's not there I miss the power reserve.
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    Re: Pre-Basel 2015: Nomos Metro 38 Datum

    Agree with the PR omission. I will find out the answer to why.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bradjhomes View Post
    I like the very slightly increased size, but now it's not there I miss the power reserve.

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    Re: Pre-Basel 2015: Nomos Metro 38 Datum

    Quote Originally Posted by hotnerd View Post
    Agree with the PR omission. I will find out the answer to why.
    I assume a lot of people didn't like the quirkiness.
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    Re: Pre-Basel 2015: Nomos Metro 38 Datum

    Quote Originally Posted by hotnerd View Post
    Agree with the PR omission. I will find out the answer to why.
    I'm curious about the omission of the PR too. Wish they would have kept it on the larger model.

    Thanks for all the Basel info Bhanu!

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