German watch manufacture NOMOS Glashütte is celebrating 175 years of Glashütte watchmaking history by presenting a new stainless steel edition of its haute-horlogerie timepiece Lambda.
Dressed in a stainless steel case with a diameter of 40.5 mm and 8.9 mm thickness, the Lambda is available in enamel white, black, and blue dial versions. Each colorway is limited to 175 pieces, and each individual watch is crafted using the traditional techniques of this historic town.
The enamel gloss of the dials offers an unusual optical depth; an effect enhanced by the curve of the dial and sapphire crystal glass. The highly-polished steel makes these watches suitable for everyday wear.
The most eye-catching feature on the dial is the unique power reserve indicator, which sweeps across the dial in a wide arc, combining with the seconds, minute, and hour hands to create a beautiful watch face. The white dial model features tempered blue hands whereas the black and blue models feature rhodium-plated hands.
The power reserve indicator tracks 84 hours (approximately three-and-a-half days), accurate to the hour. This impressive power reserve has been provided by twin mainspring barrels in its caliber DUW 1001. The exceptional indicator displays the remaining power exact to the hour; a feature made possible thanks to the particular NOMOS construction.
The polished case of the watch frames the dial with a slender bezel, while the transition from the side to the back of the case is a radiodrome; that is, a curve with a shrinking radius. The lugs reflect the curved form of the case as well.
Lambda is powered by DUW 1001; the first caliber to bear the name Deutsche Uhrenwerke NOMOS Glashütte—large and slender, with twin mainspring barrels. 29 jewels within ensure flawless functioning, with six of them in hand-polished screwed chatons. All edges are also polished by hand, with black polishing on individual steel parts.
The beautiful techniques of traditional Glashütte watchmaking are evident in this caliber: DUW 1001, at work within Lambda. The spring of the swan neck fine adjustment lies elegantly on top of the balance cock. This reads “Lovingly produced in Glashütte” in German, expertly engraved by hand.
The fine sunburst polishing on the three-quarter plate of DUW 1001 movement is exclusive to NOMOS Glashütte. The movement incorporates 29 jewels, some of which are visible here in gold chatons. They are set in the mainspring barrels, the pivots of the balance, pallet, escape wheel, fourth wheel, center wheel, third wheel, up-down wheel, idler gear, impeller wheel, and mainspring barrel intermediate wheel. In addition, there are two jewels used as caps for the balance wheel, two for the pallet, and the 29th is used as a lever jewel.
Stainless steel, tripartite
Diameter: 40.5 mm
Height: 8.9 mm
Sapphire crystal glass
Case-back: Sapphire crystal glass
Limited edition engraving: Limited Edition Lambda – 175 Years Watchmaking Glashütte 1/175 white
Water resistance: 3 atm
– Ref. 960.S1: Enamel-white dial with tempered blue hands
– Ref. 960.S2: Enamel-black dial with rhodium-plated hands
– Ref. 960.S3: Enamel-blue dial with rhodium-plated hands
Power reserve display: 297° power reserve mechanism
DUW 1001 manual wound 29 jewels movement
Horween Genuine Shell Cordovan black, remborde
Lug width: 20 mm
Winged clasp, rounded, stainless steel
Each model limited to 175 pieces