Former German chancellor Ludwig Erhard? Mies van der Rohe? Beethoven? Well-known Bavarian author Ludwig Thoma? Ludwig the 14th? The Museum Ludwig in Cologne? None of the above. Regardless, our Ludwig is a watch that could not be more classic. With this timepiece on the wrist, the wearer’s proficiency in Latin becomes self-evident. Not because of the Roman numerals on the face (a unique feature among NOMOS Glashütte watches) but because the Ludwig makes a super smart impression already at first glance. This watch is extremely flat and has a noticeably fine bezel (the name given to the part of the casing that encircles the face) and similarly fine case horns (the little bridges to which the strap is fastened).
The Ludwig model has nearly all the same features as Tangente, albeit with a much smoother shape. Its form resembles an extremely flat pebble that repeatedly washed up on the Kühlungsborn shore over the course of centuries until one day a young rascal on summer vacation came along and skips it 28 times across the surface of the calm Baltic Sea. Ludwig is perhaps not as extravagant as the Tangente, yet in return it is a bit more elegant, if that is even possible. This is a watch for people who like to wear Budapester shoes, or enjoy
listening to Bach, or who find a crackling fireplace more enticing than socks with a Mickey Mouse pattern. It’s also perfect for people who want (or need) to add a touch of seriousness to their wild lifestyle. The standard model comes with the option of a stainless steel back or one made from sapphire crystal. The face of the crystal version is white silver plated, while the stainless steel variation has a friendly light-gray face. Both varieties are very robust, even though they may not look it.
In its gold variation, the Ludwig model has a particularly classic appearance. One could even say that this variety of the Ludwig is the very definition of a classic watch. This model was, in fact, originally conceived of as a fine gold watch. In this light, whoever takes more kindly to the stainless steel model is committing a slight aesthetic transgression, which nevertheless speaks well for the wearer—it makes things a bit more unorthodox, cooler, more interesting. No matter what the variety, this NOMOS watch is clearly gorgeous, as anyone can see.
The Ludwig is the love of a lifetime, something for those of stable character and a refined sense for beautiful subordinate clauses.