The Nomos Glashütte Metro is elegant, precise and packed with contemporary flair. This watch does not only win over design prize juries, yet the Metro’s look is similar to that of an intricate measuring tool and shows how the days go by in the most modern way.
The first Metro had a power reserve indicator, generous date feature and nice features in mint and red. It won all the key design prizes within a very short amount of time, and so did its designer Mark Braun, who has earned himself a place among the design elite of today.
Carafes done from extremely fine glass, perfectly made razors, and lovely carved wooden bowls: Berlin’s Mark Braun, working alone since 2006, has slowly made himself a big name in the design scene. He has not only took a lot of prizes, but he has also worked with top brands, including Mono and Lobmeyr, as well as with furniture makers such as Hartô, Conmoto, and E15. Since 2015 he has been giving his knowhow to the next generation as a teacher at the Saar College of Fine Arts.
Braun brings design and handcraft into one another. Before pursuing his industrial design studies, he worked as a carpenter—and his Berlin studio is indeed more like a workshop than anything. He says his eye for top design comes from his great-grandparents, who were an artist and an architect. Braun puts his sense of aesthetics and archetypal styles to all projects, consistently trialling new ideas. The best example has to be his model of the Metro for NOMOS Glashütte, which has been a huge hit since 2014 and is now available in 12 versions for the discerning watch enthusiast.
When Roland Schwertner created NOMOS, it was through the need to rebrand Glasshütte as a global centre of watches now that Germany was once more together under one system of economics - capitalism. Very soon, the first NOMOS timepieces had been launched to total love, they were called Tangente, Orion, Ludwig, and Tetra. All of them were hand-wound watch rooted in minimal design and very complex mechanical movements that show the high skill of Glasshütte’s craftsmen and women.
In the next years, NOMOS would cement itself as one of the top German horological brands, easily the most highly respected in the area. There is just something about NOMOS watches that have made the brand so vital to the industry in such a little amount of time.
With a domed sapphire crystal glass and slender NOMOS movement, the Metro has a truly modern profile. The crown with its lovely diamond knurling, the cool wire lugs, only the Metro has such touches them. The best precision combined with sheer class, Metro tells you the time to a tee.
A great deal of heritage and skill, as well as high technology where it is needed, goes into the making of all the parts in the Metro. So hand-wound Alpha, DUW 4401, DUW 4101, as well as the skinny automatic caliber DUW 3001, which moves within the neomatik pieces.
All in all, the Nomos Glashütte Metro is cool, robust and packed with the kind of hip style that is becoming increasingly difficult to find. This timepiece is sheer modernity, both handsome and a marvel of modern horology. Without a shadow of a doubt, the Metro is one of the premium offerings in the entire NOMOS oeuvre.