This is the secret favorite at NOMOS Glashütte; almost all our watchmakers wear it. At first glance, though, the Orion model might not seem very contemporary at all. Some people have the feeling that they’ve known this design for a long time—their uncle has such a watch that he used to wear in the 1960s, and not long ago they saw one similar to it at a flea market. These conclusions are off the mark, though. Nothing like the Orion was ever made in earlier decades, nothing even close to it. It is the sprightliness of its case and the curvature of its glass that are reminiscent of other eras. The watch’s lines give it a greater sense of softness and emotion, making it pleasing to wrist, arm, and eyes. This watch is a prime example of perfect restraint and is the strongest proof that NOMOS watches are not just reliable timepieces, but also jewelry of the most beautiful kind.
Orion’s curves are also the inspiration for its name. When viewed from the side this lentil-shaped watch (particularly the version with the domed sapphire crystal back) resembles a UFO or spaceship; as a matter of fact, it looks exactly like the ship in the classic German sci-fi TV series Raumpatrouille Orion.
Thanks to its elegant curvature and its fine stainless steel bezel, the Orion appears flatter than other manually wound models at NOMOS Glashütte; it is almost divinely flat. For its tidy, uncluttered face, the NOMOS designers were inspired by the masterpieces created by students of the Deutsche Uhrmacherschule (German watchmakers’ school) in Glashütte. The result is a highly modern watch that is clearer, more powerful, and more elegant than other watches that came before it. Precisely for this reason, it is timeless—a watch for a lifetime.
Orion is unisex, like almost all NOMOS watches, and comes with either white (silver-plated), anthracite, or gentle rosé face. The indexes can be either silver-plated or gold-plated and the steel hands either rhodium-plated, gold-plated, or blue tempered. All Orion models have a sapphire crystal back, some also come with steel back. However, each model comes installed with the classical (or in this case, we can even say “heavenly”) NOMOS manually wound calibers.