Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Metro 38 Datum

From NOMOS Glashütte
Courtesy of NOMOS Glashütte 
Regular readers will recall my slightly illicit love affair with the NOMOS Metro that was released last year.  That particular model  had a power reserve function and the color theme was green at the 12, 3 and 9 o'clock points of the dial.  It was also, according to the NOMOS website, 1.5 mm less in diameter at 37 mm.
Courtesy of NOMOS Glashütte 
This new version (as seen in the first photo), this new version of the Metro has only a date function.  Although it is named Metro 38 Datum, the specs per the press release indicate 38.5 (just in case you're counting at home).

The color theme is really fun and it's nice to see the folks at NOMOS riffing on the happier early models that made up the limited edition versions that were made in the Tangente and Orion collections for Wempe and others.  The "Picnic" in particular comes to mind.

The Metro 38 Datum also features the "Swing System" the NOMOS in house escapement that was announced to much fanfare last year.
Courtesy of NOMOS Glashütte 
So with luck I will get to see this "up close and personal" in a month or so and promise as an exhaustive a report as I can manage.

For now, here are the details -

Metro 38 Datum

The watch

stainless steel, bipartite; diameter 38.5 mm; curved sapphire crystal glass; 
sapphire crystal glass back, height 7.75 mm

galvanized, white silver-plated; indexes blue

steel, oxidized black, seconds hand red lacquered

to 3 atm

Horween Genuine Shell Cordovan black

Reference number - 1102

The movement

DUW 4101—NOMOS caliber with manual winding and date indicator; 
NOMOS swing system with tempered blue balance spring 

32.1 mm

Movement height: 
2.8 mm 

Power reserve: approx. 
42 hours 

stop seconds mechanism, Glashütte three-quarter plate, 23 jewels, 
Glashütte stopwork, Incabloc shock protection, adjusted in six positions, 
tempered blue screws, rhodium-plated movement surfaces
with Glashütte  ribbing and NOMOS perlage, ratchet and crown wheel
with Glashütte sunburst decoration 

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