A mechanical watch lives and dies by its movement. The make-up of the caliber determines the quality of a watch’s craftsmanship and decides whether a producer can call itself a manufactory or not. Since the movements are what lie at the heart of its watches, NOMOS Glashütte constructs them itself. Nothing can be taken for granted in the world of watches, not even cases with timepieces that are much more expensive than those at NOMOS: there are less than 20 manufactories worldwide.
Between 75 and 95 percent of a NOMOS watch’s value is added directly in Glashütte— an extremely high amount, since the law only stipulates a minimum of 50 percent in order to qualify for the Glashütte label. It is only certain specific pieces, such as the rubies used as jewel bearings or the Nivarox 1a balance springs, that our manufactory must obtain from third parties.
At NOMOS, production is carried out according to the criteria of the Deutscher Werkbund. The utilization of modern lasers and CNC machines is supplemented with a high level of handicraft, which rests on a century long tradition of watchmaking. Whether in manual winding or automatic movements, the fine perlage (circular grain finish) and polish of the components insure that it is always a pleasure to observe the watch’s inner workings through its sapphire crystal back.
Furthermore, all NOMOS calibers are famed for their extraordinary precision—they are adjusted in six positions in order to achieve the best results.