Roman numerals, subtle indexes, railroad minute markers—also known by the French name chemin de fer. All gathered in a slender case reminiscent of a pocket watch: Ludwig is a watch that could hardly be more classic. A timepiece for people who treasure traditions. That is why NOMOS is celebrating Glashütte watchmaking, which started 175 years ago in eastern Germany, with a limited edition of this classic timepiece. There are three versions, each limited to just 175 pieces, and regulated by NOMOS as a chronometer would be.

Ludwig neomatik 41 date – 175 Years Watchmaking Glashütte with automatic winding and a date function is just 7.7 mm thick, meaning that its case will sit elegantly under any shirt cuff.

Beautiful details paying tribute to the past

These three new versions of Ludwig have traditional features that are unusual for NOMOS timepieces—making them even more classic. To start, all three have a polished, enamel-white dial, reminiscent of early pocket watches. However, modern production methods make these new watches stronger and more durable, and so even more beautiful. The rounded hands in the classic leaf form are also special—as well as tempered blue, of course, according to Glashütte tradition. They ensure that these watches are exceptionally legible. The sapphire crystal glass back features a limited-edition engraving and the addition: “175 Years Watchmaking Glashütte.”

Unusual details make Ludwig even more classic: the enamel-white dial and tempered blue leaf hands, for example. The date at three o’clock is in Roman numerals too.

Of the finest caliber

Alongside the hand-wound version with the NOMOS Alpha caliber (Ludwig – 175 Years Watchmaking Glashütte), there are two versions with innovative automatic calibers from NOMOS Glashütte: DUW 3001 (in Ludwig neomatik 39) and DUW 6101 (in Ludwig neomatik 41 date). These two neomatik movements represent a new technical standard, as well as mechanical watchmaking taken to the highest level. Typical Glashütte features are visible through the sapphire crystal glass: the three-quarter plate, tempered blue screws, ribbed polishing, and the NOMOS swing system. This in-house designed and built escapement sets the pace inside the caliber, and NOMOS is one of only a handful of watchmaking companies worldwide able to produce it. Ludwig neomatik 41 date also features a date function with Roman numerals for the very first time. And the fact that all three models are also regulated as a chronometer would be is an extra-special feature—and a wonderful 175th anniversary gift.

On display through the sapphire crystal back: the typical features of Glashütte watchmaking.

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Unique timepieces have been made in Glashütte, Germany since 1845. “Watches from NOMOS perfectly encapsulate the same sort of independent tradition fostered there since the early days,” writes Cole Pennington for HODINKEE. Read the full article about the new Ludwig models here.

TEXT: NOMOS Glashütte