Combining simple and functional designs with traditional watchmaking, Nomos became the guest of our Hands On corner with the Zurich Worldtimer True Blue.
Nomos Glashutte is a unique brand that blends simple but functional designs with traditional watchmaking and presents them to users with affordable products. We do not exaggerate when we say that the brand, known for its ease of use, engineering, and high price / performance ratio models, have its own fans. The reputation of the boutique brand, which makes pretty functional timepieces that bring to mind the German Bauhaus design, grows day by day.
“Nomos’ world-time display style makes a very practical use. With the button located at the 2 o’clock position, you can set the world timer disc according to the city you want.”
The Zurich Worldtimer True Blue model, which is the guest of this review, is the current version of the Weiltzeit timepiece and was introduced in the past few years to feature the world timer function. Let’s take a closer look at the new model that sports a beautiful blue tone where the model gets it’s name and a new escapement system developed entirely by Nomos.
The model’s case is made of stainless steel and measures 39.9mm in diameter. The case features a bold appearance thanks to the thick lugs. The front and back sides of the case sport scratch resistant sapphire crystals. On the right side of the case, offering a plain image with a flat and thin bezel that overlaps with the model’s industrial lines, there is a Nomos signed winding crown and a push-button to set the world timer feature. The caseback with sapphire crystal windows is fixed to the body with six miniature screws. The watch is water resistant to 30 meters.
The Zurich Worldtimer True Blue model, as its name implies, comes with a blue dial with a matte surface. Unlike most of the models with world-time features, the dial offers a very simple layout and provides comfortable and clear readability with contrast details that are dominated by white tones.
Nomos’ world-time display style makes a very practical use. With the button located at the 2 o’clock position, you can set the world timer disc according to the city you want. The local time is marked by a small red arrow, and the world timer disc moves simultaneously with the hour hand in a clear and error-free manner.
The Zurich Worldtimer True Blue is powered with the Caliber Ref. DUW5201. The 26 jewels movement offers 42 hours of power reserve when fully wound and includes an in-house developed escapement system that the brand named “Swing System” which reveals itself by flame blued screws and balance spring. The movement is decorated with Cotes de Geneve patterns and Nomos chamfering which can be enjoyed through the sapphire display caseback.
The model comes with an aged-look brown leather strap that perfectly matches the overall design of the model. The strap is secured with a standard stainless steel buckle.
The Zurich Worldtimer True Blue model features a simple and unique design, a functional dial, a practical world timer function, and an in-house escapement system with an affordable price tag.