Things of fine providence are always celebrated in their hometown: Everyone eats from porcelain in Meissen, for example, even for just a quick snack; in Milan every other person wears haute couture, and in the Champagne region of France, a midweek toast is a regular occurrence. In Glashütte, the home of fine watches in Germany, high-quality wristwear is easier to find than elsewhere in the world—whether that’s the City in London or Wall Street in New York. At the bakery, while walking, at the mailbox: You can see the results of 175 years of watchmaking heritage everywhere in this small town.

A toadstool is a symbol for poison. But it can also help—for example, with sprains and snake bites. You can learn more and take a closer look at the mushroom museum in Glashütte, like the NOMOS model Tetra is doing here.

Glashütte is a small town—a village really—but attracts plenty of tourists: It has a watchmaking school and museum, historic buildings, and over a dozen watch brands. The 175-year-old heritage of watchmaking attracts everyone. Tourists and politicians alike come to see an industry full of contrasts: small and down-to-earth, despite being renowned around the world. The watches from left to right: Orion, Tangente, Tangente Update and Ahoi, all from NOMOS Glashütte.

A fresh breeze: Mr Schönberger hanging out his favorite pair of jeans to dry on a sunny fall day. His watch is designed for more active pursuits, but the NOMOS model Ahoi Atlantic is ready for anything life brings—even if that’s just household chores.

“Where there’s a will, there’s a way” reads the inscription of the old Glashütte fountain. And there was certainly a great deal of will behind the 175-year-old history of Glashütte watchmaking. The statue on top is even wearing a limited-edition watch from NOMOS Glashütte: Ludwig – 175 Years Watchmaking Glashütte.

First place! Club Sport is the name of the NOMOS model on Mr Ahrendt’s wrist here, as he takes the trophy. A new watch with a great deal of history within—namely a highly-precise caliber with many Glashütte characteristics, secured in a robust case.

This Glashüte resident worked at a watchmaking company for many years. So the 175 year anniversary of Glashütte watchmaking is particularly significant for her. Ms Schönberger thinks watches should be mechanical—like her Ludwig 38. But using electronics to make a call is okay.

The NOMOS model Orion and its owner, Jens-Uwe, at the bakery: pastries, bread, and a range of cakes attract customers. Janine from Dresden has just stopped by for a coffee.

Ms Treschke is 88 and in fine form, as well as a life-long resident of Glashütte. When she needs to be on time, she relies on her NOMOS Tetra. Right now, it’s telling her that the games afternoon in the next village is just about to start.

PUBLICATION: October 2020
TEXT: NOMOS Glashütte
IMAGES: NOMOS Glashütte/Eva Bertram