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BASEL 2006: NOMOS presents its new low-cost caliber "Eta"

April 19 2006 at 5:27 AM

Marcus Hanke  (Login mhanke)

NOMOS Makes the Sun Shine

Just in time for Baselworld a new NOMOS is arriving in watch stores: The perfect Glashütte watch for sunny dispositions with a small budget. For this watch, the Glashütte watch manufacture NOMOS has developed a caliber that will bring the brand a large head start in terms of research and development. The fifth movement after Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and Delta, Caliber Eta, doesn’t need batteries and it never needs to be wound – though it is not an automatic movement: Eta is the first wearable sundial in the history of Glashütte. This watch, which functions according to the principle of the so-called farmers’ ring, is extremely comfortable, and it leaves the wrist free for other jewelry. The small NOMOS sundial is worn on a band around the neck. Its handling is very, very simple. One only need to set the approximate date on a rotating ring, let the sun shine a little, and hold the watch in its direction. The light coming through a little hole in the ring projects a dot of light onto a time scale found inside the ring allowing one to read the time. Regarding precision, the sundial can’t quite take on a mechanical NOMOS caliber. And when it’s raining, it can’t be counted on either. But, this watch is a) beautiful; b) incredibly inexpensive for a true Glashütte timepiece; and c) it is water-resistant to any depth.

This handy little timekeeper is, by the way, available in two different versions: in Glashütte or Klein-Basel variations. Each shows the true local time for all places found along the same latitude as Basel or Glashütte. For all other places in this time zone, the time shown on both models is approximately correct. The ring is crafted in rust-free stainless steel. The inscriptions are laser engraved using a difficult process. It is available everywhere in NOMOS fine watch stores and in Basel at Europe’s only shop specialized in sundials located at Rebgasse 41. Cost: 60 euros.

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