To mark 175 years since the establishment of the town as a center of fine watchmaking, Nomos has unveiled a trio of limited editions that pay homage to the Glashütte tradition. The most prolific (in terms of volume) of the companies based here, Nomos has based the limited editions on the Ludwig, the most traditional of all their models.

A postcard from the town in 1980, under East German rule

For those unfamiliar with the Glashutte story, here’s a quick primer: In the year 1845, a 30-year-old journeyman watchmaker from Dresden named Ferdinand Adolph Lange established his atelier in the Saxon town of Glashütte in eastern Germany. Three years later, he would become the mayor of the town. The town flourished as Germany’s watchmaking hub producing high quality pocketwatches and marine chronometers right up to the end of World War II.

The three Nomos Ludwig 175 years editions

After the war, the East German government nationalised the town’s many watchmaking companies into one state-run enterprise called the VEB Glashütter Uhrenbetriebe (GUB). Post the reunification of Germany in 1990, the GUB was dismantled and marked for privatisation and would lead to the re-establishment of A. Lange & Söhne (the company founded by F. A. Lange) and spawn the birth of brands like Glashütte Original and Nomos. In less than two decades, the town would re-establish itself as the heart of German watchmaking again.

The polished slim case is reminiscent of pocketwatches

The Ludwig’s design is a hat-tip to the style of pocketwatches made in this town; cue the pristine dial with Roman numerals, subtle indexes, railroad minute markers, and a slender case that’s reminiscent of a pocketwatch. The three models come in three different sizes – 35 mm, 38.5 mm and 40.5 mm – but all of them feature polished white enamel dials, like those seen in pocketwatches, and tempered blue leaf-shaped hands to indicate the time. The sapphire crystal glass back features a limited edition engraving and the addition: “175 Years Watchmaking Glashütte.”

The date is printed in Roman numerals on the white enamel dial

All three versions are powered by in-house movements. The 35 mm ‘Ludwig Neomatik’ (Ref. 205.S2) is slim at 6.8 mm, water-resistant to 30 meters, and powered by the hand-wound Alpha caliber, the first in-house movement made by the brand. The ‘Ludwig Neomatik 39 – 175 Years’ (250.S1), as the name suggests, has a 38.5 mm case that’s a smidgen thicker at 7 mm, and is powered by the self-winding Caliber DUW 3001. Measuring 28.8 mm in diameter and an ultra-slim 3.2 mm in height, it offers a power reserve of 43 hours and features the Nomos swing system with a tempered blue balance spring.

All three movements are finished to a high quality

The ‘Ludwig Neomatik 41 – 175 Years’ (261.S1) has a 40.5 mm case that’s 7.7 mm thick. This version has a date window with the dates printed in Roman numerals too. DUW 6101, a self-winding movement equipped with a date mechanism with a bidirectional quick correction feature. All three movements are finished to a high quality with tempered blue screws standing out on rhodium-plated surfaces with Glashütte ribbing and perlage decoration.

Each version is limited to just 175 pieces. The 35 mm version is priced at $2.260, the 38.5 mm version is $3,800, and the 40.5 mm version is $4,200.