Nomos surprised us this year at BaselWorld with a brand new line of watches called The Autobahn Collection.
As most of you know, those increasingly rare sections of the German national highway system (Autobahn) offering unlimited speed are highly addictive - that is until a Porsche passes you in the left lane going over 200 MPH!
And this new series from Nomos captures some of that same adrenaline with a bold design and interesting use of SuperLuminova.
To create this new line of watches, Nomos commissioned renowned designer Werner Aisslinger to design his first watch.
Werner runs the Studio Aisslinger in Berlin, and is responsible for some of the world's most interesting designs and products (you can see his work at this link
His goal was to create a new bold design which kept within the framework of "the Nomos spirit", and after viewing the collection in person we can attest to his success.
Each of the new Nomos Autobahn watches houses the new Nomos Neomatik Date DUW 6101 automatic winding movement. This calibre features a quick set date in both directions, and there is no "9 to 3" rule.
Almost all Swiss and German mechanical watches warn against using the date quick set feature between the hours of 9 PM to 3 AM to avoid damaging the movement, but the DUW 6101 has been engineered in such as way that these rules do not apply.
The calibre is extremely thin, and measures only 3.6 mm in height.
Nomos has created a very interesting dial for this watch, with noticeable concave elements. To enhance this effect, the sapphire crystal is slightly domed.
Other interesting features include the use of SuperLuminova to create a luminous ring which is highly visible at night. The dial is galvanized with midnight blue silver plating and a white luminous ring which glows blue.
The hands are rhodium plated, and the hour hand features an inlay of SuperLuminova with a blue glow.
The large date display at 6 features an elongated window which actually displays three days.
This watch is fitted with blue/black woven textile strap and is water resistant to 100 meters.