This is the new “true blue” version of the NOMOS Glashutte Worldtimer. It operates the same as before: a single push button (at 2 o’clock) allows you to quickly rotate the outer ring until the correct city is at 12 o’clock, causing the hour and minute hands to instantly jump to the local time.
However, in addition to the beautiful new galvanized blue dial, the patented in-house caliber now features the NOMOS escapement system (swing system). Notably, the hairspring is still outsourced from a local German manufacturer, though. To reflect the change, the movement previously called the “Xi,” is now referred to as caliber DUW 5201. Moreover, the price of the watch has increased slightly. Likely as a result of the new improved in-house escapement system and/or currency fluctuations.
The three part stainless steel case is fully polished, has a thin fixed bezel and measures 39.9 by 10.85 mm. The front has a domed glare-proofed sapphire crystal, with a flat screwed-down sapphire glass on the back. The hour and minute hands are rhodium-plated and faceted, which looks terrific against the blue dial. The home time is indicated via the 24-hour disc at 3 o’clock, which is controlled by the crown. Small seconds can be hacked via the crown.
The movement features a Glashütte three-quarter plate, Glashütte stop work, bi-directional winding, Incabloc shock protection, NOMOS swing system, adjusted in six positions, tempered blue screws, Glashütte ribbing, NOMOS perlage, ratchet and duplex wheel with Glashütte sun-burst decoration. The power reserve is 42-hours.
The new Zurich Worldtimer true blue model comes with a black Horween Genuinee Shell Cordovan strap and will be available beginning October 2014. The retail price is $6,100. (Ref. 807)