THE MINIMAL WATCH THAT WILL GET YOU UP TO SPEED

 

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The perfectly efficient German watch brand NOMOS Glashütte was proudly showcasing many watches based on its state-of-the-art Neomatik DUW 6101 movement. With a depth of 3.6mm, this is a little stockier than its ancestor, the 3.2mm DUW 3001 (which debuted in 2015), but as it adds date functionality (which has been fully integrated into the lightweight movement), it’s hard to get all that disappointed about it. Particularly when you get your hands on a watch like the Autobahn, a vociferously graphic collaboration with the German designer Werner Aisslinger, which starts with the DUW 5101 and adds an enjoyably curved dial and a luminous ring in the shape of a speedometer to help you to read the numerals when it gets dark.

 

If you’re a Kraftwerk fan (yes, the band of “Autobahn” fame), you will of course value these pared-back graphic stylings. But don’t worry, a liking for early electronic music is not at all crucial. Thanks to its nylon strap and brilliantly lightweight feel, this is a watch that’s an unqualified pleasure to wear, with an aesthetic crisp and modern enough to work with almost any casual outfit. What’s more, it’s a breeze to set and adjust, one of the features of the new movement is that the numbers are shown in the elongated date window (yesterday, today, tomorrow) can be quickly moved back and forward via a simple twist of the crown. And, yes, it comes in a trio of smart colours.

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HOW TO WEAR IT

 

One of the most outstanding things about NOMOS’ watches are their pared-back design language, which means, like a set of shelves by Dieter Rams, they are able to blend in perfectly with almost anything. The Autobahn, though, has a mainly clean and graphic sensibility to it, which makes it a great accessory for fans of what you might call “the art director look”. Think black roll necks, navy chinos, well-polished Derbies and, for those that need them, a pair of Le-Corbusier-worthy round glasses.

 

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Donald Anthony

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Donald Anthony

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