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Introducing: The Nomos Lambda in Stainless Steel

Nomos Lambda Stainless Steel

Glashütte, the sleepy Saxony town that represents the heart of German watchmaking and is home to the likes of A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte Original, Moritz Grossmann and Nomos, is celebrating 175 years of watchmaking this year.

We’ve already seen a trio of celebratory watches from A. Lange and Söhne and now Nomos has revealed three new watches marking the anniversary.

Nomos Lambda rose gold

Nomos Lambda rose gold, ref. 930

The brand, which designs its watches in Berlin and makes them in the peaceful countryside surroundings of Glashütte, has dusted off its range-topping Lambda model, a design launched in 2013 to demonstrate that Nomos’ watchmaking chops went beyond functional (and occasionally funky) timepieces inspired by the Deutscher Werkbund design movement.

Nomos Lux Zikade

Nomos Lux Zikade, ref. 941

In a bold move Nomos launched the Lambda and its tourneau-shaped sibling, the Lux, with fully decorated movements and 18ct gold cases to show what it was capable of. Honestly, I’ve never quite recovered from trying on the Lux Zikade, with its unparalleled pairing of rose gold case and vivid yellow dial surround.

Nomos Lambda Stainless Steel

While the 175th Anniversary Lambda trio still features the same impressive level of movement decoration (more on that in a moment) this limited-edition run of the model uses a 40.5mm stainless steel case rather than precious metal and features new smooth dials, somewhat confusingly referred to as enamel, which in fact points to the effect rather than the material used.

Nomos Lambda Stainless Steel

Each of the three dial colours currently available on the Lambda have been replicated using this glossy lacquering technique, namely white, black and deep blue, and 175 pieces of each is being made.

Nomos also released a trio of its classical Ludwig model in three different sizes in the summer to mark the 175th anniversary using the same dial finish and, while not enamel, it was pleasingly translucent.

Nomos Lambda Stainless Steel
Nomos Lambda Stainless Steel

A highly decorated version of Nomos’s 3Hz DUW 1001 handwound movement powers the Lambda, a movement built using the signature codes of traditional Glashütte watchmaking such as six gold chatons, a screwed balance, a swan-neck regulator, three-quarter plate with ‘sunburst’ polishing, hand-bevelled and polished edges and a balance cock hand-engraved with the words ‘mit Liebe in Glashütte gefertigt’ or ‘Lovingly produced in Glashütte’ in English. All of this can be viewed through a sapphire crystal caseback while each watch is individually numbered on the caseback bezel.

Nomos Lambda Stainless Steel

Twin mainspring barrels give the Lambda a very useful 84-hour (or three-and-a-half-day) power reserve which is indicated via a 297-degree arc on its dial. The design of the Lambda’s dial has always been somewhat infuriating for anyone, like me, whose attitude to symmetry borders on OCD; it’s so very nearly perfectly symmetrical both terms of layout, text and colour but for those six (red) dots at the end of the power reserve indicator. That said, a numbered, limited-edition Lambda in stainless steel makes for an irresistible collector’s piece.

Price & Specs:

Model: Nomos Lambda Stainless Steel
Ref: 960.S1 (enamel-white), 960.S2 (enamel-black), 960.S3 (enamel-blue)
Case/Dial: 40.5mm diameter x 8.9mm height, stainless steel
Water Resistance: 30m (3 bar)
Movement: NOMOS calibre DUW 1001, in house, manual winding, 29 jewels
Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)
Power reserve: 84h (3.5 days)
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, power reserve indicator
Strap: Black Horween Genuine Shell Cordovan leather
Price/availability: €5,800, limited to 175 pieces each

More details at Nomos-Glashütte.

About the author

James Buttery

James Buttery lives and breathes watches, editing watch industry bible WatchPro before moving to QP magazine. He has been called on to comment on watches and the industry by the BBC, CNN and the International New York Times among others. Now, he’s the head of watches over at Hype Beast.

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