Nomos, Zürich Weltzeit

They kept us waiting didn’t they? The first time a saw a prototype (or just pictures, I don’t exactly remember) was at the Baselworld 2010 show. Then I had the possibility to try a prototype on my wrist during the SalonQP in November 2010 in London, and the almost final product was shown at the last Baselworld fair in March of this year.

Nomos Zürich Weltzeit

And now the waiting is over, I just received the first Nomos Zürich Weltzeit (reference # 805) for sale in my shop. What a beauty! I know it’s a stiff thing to state, however it’s easily the nicest watch I’ve seen introduced over the last year (in a segment that is accessible to us mere mortals – it’s list price is € 3.880,=).

Nomos caliber Xi

It’s brilliant in all of it’s aspects. The automatic movement (Nomos caliber ξ, Xi) is entirely developed and constructed in-house at Nomos. The design of the case was done by one of the most influential industrial designers, Hannes Wettstein (* 10. March 1958 in Ascona; † 5. July 2008 in Zürich). The ease of use of the world-time complication couldn’t be better, and the feel of pushing the corrector isn’t anything but confident.

the box

The watch is extremely stylish, looks a bit sporty at the same time, is very readable without having a high contrast in the dial and has exactly the right size and dimensions in relation to each other. To read the home time (Heimat) disc, some of us might need reading glasses though; this having nothing to do with the watch, however with the age of our eyes ;-)


Nomos fits the same Cordovan strap to the Zürich Weltzeit as they do to all other models. It’s flat, black, sturdy and doesn’t attract any attention; very suitable for all quite minimalistic Nomos models. And I’m certainly not the Panerai type of guy fiddling around with straps all day, however this model – having a tad more fuzz in the dial – could benefit from a strap which has a bit more body or even probably some structure as well in my opinion.

Enjoy some more pictures of the watch at my Nomos Zürich Weltzeit gallery
And find more information on the watch at


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