Nomos Autobahn Neomatik 41 Date Collection

An automotive inspired dial, interesting SuperLuminova and an overall package in pure Nomos style

Nomos Autobahn Neomatik 41 Date
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The German brand Nomos released during Baselworld 2018 the Autobahn Neomatik 41 Date Collection. The collection has a design inspired from automotive and a name inspired from the “No speed limit” German Highways. 

Nomos Autobahn Neomatik 41 Date Collection Review

Nomos Glashütte was founded by Roland Schwertner in 1990. The brand is the largest manufacturer of mechanical timepieces in Germany. Year after year, Nomos has released beautiful minimalistic timepieces. Moreover, the watches are fitted with in-house manufactured movements. This year, the brand introduced a new automatic watch with a date display. This draws inspiration from the automotive industry and it is a collaboration between Nomos’s design department and Studio Aisslinger (the design studio of Werner Aisslinger and Tina Bunyaprasit).

 

Nomos Autobahn Neomatik 41 Date Collection
All three models of the Nomos Autobahn Neomatik 41 Date Collection

 

As usual, Nomos does not disappoint. The Autobahn Neomatik 41 Date Collection respects the key features of the Glashütte watches. The Autobahn watch is beautiful in all three variants: Autobahn Neomatik 41 Date, Autobahn Neomatik 41 Date Midnight Blue and Autobahn Neomatic 41 Date Sports Gray. It is just a question of personal preference. The Autobahn is comfortable on the wrist and looks spectacular in low light.

Before getting more into the details, let’s have a look at the Baselworld clip with the watch on the wrist:

 

 

The Autobahn Collection comes in a stainless steel case with 41mm diameter and 10,5mm hight. The watch is light, only 66 grams. These dimensions make of the Autobahn a comfortable-to-wear watch. The textile blue-black woven strap and the 100m water resistance make it even suitable for swimming.

 

Nomos Autobahn Neomatik 41 Date

The first watch of the collection, Ref. 1301, has a curved, white silver galvanised dial with 2/3 light grey luminous ring with blue shaded SuperLuminova.

 

Nomos Autobahn Neomatik 41 Date Soldat
The Autobahn Neomatik 41 Date has a curved dial with sunken small seconds sub-dial

 

Nomos Autobahn Neomatik 41 Date oblique crown
The minimalistic case, a signature of the brand, is highly polished. The polished crown with brand logo seems to be rather small but offers a good grip and it is easy to use.

 

Nomos Autobahn Neomatik 41 Date oblique
The Autobahn Neomatik 41 Date comes with rhodium plated skeletonised hour hand filled with SuperLuminova. The minute’s hand has an orange tip. All the indexes are black printed.

 

Nomos Autobahn Neomatik 41 Date wrist
On the wrist, Nomos Autobahn Neomatik 41 Date is comfortable. The elongated date’s aperture shows three successive days. The date font is similar in size with the Arabic hour indexes.

 

Nomos Autobahn Neomatik 41 Date luminova
In low light, Nomos Autobahn Neomatik 41 Date reveals a SuperLuminova show. Two-thirds of the dial is lightened by the blue shaded blocks. This nice view has the disadvantage of a reduced legibility between 4 and 8 o’clock.

 

Nomos Autobahn Neomatik 41 Date Midnight Blue

The Midnight Blue, Ref. 1302 has a dark blue dial with a white luminous ring. The Ref. 1302 is my favourite. I guess that my weakness for the blue dials has a great influence on my judgement.

Nomos Autobahn Neomatik 41 Date midnight blue soldat
The Midnight Blue dial makes a much more powerful contrast with the orange-tipped minute’s hand and with the small seconds’ hand.

 

Nomos Autobahn Neomatik 41 Date midnight blue oblique
Nomos Autobahn Neomatik 41 Date has a nice depth feeling due to its double-curved dial.

 

Nomos Autobahn Neomatik 41 Date midnight blue wrist
The Nomos Autobahn Neomatik 41 Date Midnight Blue has a good position on the wrist. Looking at this dial, the automotive originated design is easily observable.

 

Nomos Autobahn Neomatik 41 Date Sports Gray

The Sports Gray Autobahn has the reference number 1303. This model can be seen as a chromatic combination of the first two.

 

Nomos Autobahn Neomatik 41 Date Sports Gray soldat
The Nomos Autobahn Neomatik 41 Date Sports Gray comes with a rhodium-plated dial with a blue luminous ring.

 

Nomos Autobahn Neomatik 41 Date Sports Gray oblique
The Sports Gray features also a different colour for the luminescent hour’s hand insert.

 

Nomos Autobahn Neomatik 41 Date Sport Gray dial
The double curved surface creates a nice depth on the dial. Taking into consideration the 10.5 mm case and the automatic movement, the watch gains, besides the aesthetic beauty, a technical charm.

 

Neomatik Calibre with Date – DUW 6101

The Nomos Autobahn Neomatik 41 Date Collection is powered by the manufacture calibre DUW 6101. The movement is the first calibre with a date from Nomos, also the first with three crown positions. It measures only 15 ½ lines (35.2 mm) in diameter and 3.6mm in height, including the date module. The thinness could be achieved due to a complete redesign with the date display on the edge of the dial. The date can be set in both directions.

The DUW 6101 is a typical Glashütte timepiece: three-quarter plate, Glashütte ribbing polish, and blue tempered screws. The movement is fitted with proprietary escapement with blue balance spring. It has a stop-seconds mechanism and a power reserve of 42 hours.

 

Nomos Autobahn Neomatik 41 Date back side
The Autobahn Neomatic offers a nice spectacle on the back side. The innovative calibre DUW 6101 is visible through a sapphire crystal.

 

The calibre DUW 6101 is visually very appealing. The chamfered balance bridge is fixed with thermally blued screws. It has a Nomos swing system with tempered blue balance spring, that offers a lovely contrast with the rhodium-plated surfaces with Glashütte ribbing.

The three-quarter plate is further adorned with gold engraving. The rotor weight of the DUW 6101 is skeletonised, leaving almost unobstructed the view of the movement.

 

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Nomos Autobahn Neomatik 41 Date Collection Specification and price

The Nomos Autobahn Ref. 1301, Ref. 1302, Ref. 1303 has a price of €3800 (price incl. VAT, free shipping)

CASE
stainless steel, bipartite
domed sapphire crystal glass back
GLASS
domed sapphire crystal glass with anti-reflective coating
WINDING
automatic
DIMENSIONS
diameter 41.0 mm 
height 10.5 mm 
weight 66.0 g 
WATER RESISTANCE
10 atm (suitable for swimming)
DIAL
galvanized, white silver-plated, midnight blue, galvanized, rhodium-plated
luminous ring with superluminova (blue luminescence)
elongated date window
HANDS
rhodium-plated, hour hand with superluminova inlay in blue (blue luminescence)
STRAP
Textile strap blue-black, woven, waterproof
lug width 20mm

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