THE NOMOS ENTERPRISE
The lighthouse Glashütte
Glashütte is a lighthouse, one of the least populated lighthouses in Germany—that is, however, located far from the coast, nestling between forests and hills. Glashütte, a half hour drive south from Dresden, is tucked away in the eastern Ore Mountains of southern Saxony. The town can be called a lighthouse, as it is a shining example; because it is here that something takes place, something that hasn’t been managed anywhere else in eastern Germany: the watches produced in Glashütte are world famous, and the watchmakers in the town count among the best of their ranks internationally.
They—and, of course, the design engineers, draftsmen, and toolmakers as well—have mastered techniques that their fellow watchmakers in other towns struggle to. How to blue screws, bevel edges by hand, set gold chatons, put a circular grain on bridges, apply sunbeam polishing and Glashütte stripes, produce a tourbillon: fine timepieces have been built in Glashütte for over 160 years, and in this town the watchmaking craft has been transformed into a fine art.
To underline the quality standards of Glashütte watches, the town’s designation of origin has been given protected status: only those companies that produce their calibers here are allowed to benefit from the reputation of Glashütte and declare their timepieces to be “Glashütte watches”. Few products globally are regulated as strictly as watches from Glashütte.
NOMOS was the first brand after the reunification of Germany that was able to bring a watch onto the market with the Glashütte designation of origin. Now, 20 years later, alongside classics such as Tangente, Orion, and Tetra, NOMOS is also crafting small pieces of watchmaking art: the boutique watchmaking company is now presenting two new golden watches, Lambda and Lux, counting amongst the very best that has ever come from Glashütte, this shining beacon in the mountains.