Editor’s note: For those who like their information quick, this is a shorter hands-on review of the new Nomos Club Sport. For our detailed hands-on of the Nomos Club Sport Neomatik 42, please head here. For our other hands-on reviews, please head to our dedicated reviews section here.
What Is It
The beautiful clean-cut minimalist design DNA of Nomos watches is embedded with the ideology behind the Bauhaus movement, and every time I have the opportunity to go hands-on with these watches, it makes me appreciate the simple things in life more. When it comes to Bauhaus, one of the most influential names behind this design revolution that Nomos embodies so well is that of its founder, Walter Gropius.
And there is a quotation by him that perfectly summarises the beauty of the new Nomos Club Sport Neomatik 42: “Bright is my favourite colour”.
How Does It Do
That bright blue galvanised dial of the new Nomos Club Sport with its various shades — we counted 4 including the lume — is a thing to behold. The alternating Arabic and stick numerals and indexes and the hours and minutes hands are all coated with white Super-LumiNova that glows oh-so-bright blue in the dark.
Gropius’ colour of choice is framed inside a mirror polished 42mm diameter and 10.2mm thick stainless steel case with a rather large lug-to-lug spacing of 52.3mm. Thankfully, the watch comes with a lug interhorn spacing of only 20mm, making strap changes welcome.
Not only that, the bracelet comes fitted with a quick release mechanism that’s frankly very easy to use. I am also glad that the brand swapped out the previous generation bracelet with the new one.
One feature that can be seen as a downside by some is the presence of highly polished surfaces, especially the bracelet clasp. But you know what; if I am using this as my daily beater, I wouldn’t mind seeing some ‘battle scars’.
Dude, Where’s My Engine?
Flip the watch and one gets to marvel at the very decently treated movement through the display case-back.
Inside ticks the in-house built NOMOS neomatik 35.2 x 3.6mm DUW 6101 Calibre with automatic winding, neomatik date mechanism, and bidirectional quick correction feature. It offers a 42-hour power reserve, is adjusted in six positions even though not officially COSC-certified, features 27 jewels, and and the NOMOS swing system.
The new Nomos Club Sport also comes in a black dial variant, ref. 781. Collectors who prefer the original bracelet can still buy that, though it costs an extra 150 AUD. If you are someone who doesn’t like bracelets at all, you can also buy this with a black woven textile strap for a reduced price of only 5’250 AUD.
As Good As It Gets
We as watch enthusiasts and collectors are always in the search for those elusive rare moments in life where one can acquire a special piece that speaks on all fronts; versatility, elegance, practicality, and value for money. The Nomos Club Sport Neomatik 42 in blue is that rare moment being presented as a very minimalistic yet stylish Bauhaus-inspired visual marvel.
To find out more about the new Nomos Club Sport Neomatik 42 Date Blue and other NOMOS timepieces, please head to their website here. All images unless otherwise stated are ©WatchYaGonnaDoAboutIt.