Nomos Zürich Weltzeit Amsterdam Edition for ACE Jewelers

By rolex
April 23, 2021
9 min read

For the third year straight, following the exceptionally unique and arty  Orion “De Stijl” and the energetic Club Campus Amsterdam , Dutch retailer ACE presents a cooperation watch with Glashütte-based watchmaker Nomos. Furthermore, for the third year straight, they hit the correct note. The generally existing Zürich World Timer (Weltzeit in German) was an excellent beginning stage, however this limited edition makes it surprisingly better. Thus, we went involved with the new Nomos Zürich Weltzeit Amsterdam Edition For ACE Jewelers… to perceive what’s what!

Let me start with fixing a certain something: Amsterdam isn’t actually a major city. I live there, I love living there and it is, truth be told, the greatest city in The Netherlands – it actually has unmistakeable town characteristics to it. You can cycle wherever you need, Sundays are moderate and notwithstanding the immense measure of travelers circumnavigating the little roads around the old downtown area, you actually feel this is a place for simple living, not quick living. Attempting to carry on with the Big City life in Amsterdam resembles wearing the best Tissot; it just unfortunately overlooks what’s really important (sorry about that, Tissot…)

Having said that, it is a city with incredible taste. Forget about the touristic prosaisms (you know, the seedy area of town and the cafés) in light of the fact that Amsterdam has, for the most recent 500 years been a city for creatives, craftsmen and free-thinking spirits. It’s the counter tyrant city.

ACE Jewelers and Nomos

Still, the folks at ACE Jewelers, one of Amsterdam’s unmistakable watch retailers, figured out how to make a decent watch for metropolitan explorers with unpretentious motivations from the Dutch capital. The most clear touch is the three white Saint Andrew’s Crosses at the home time sign at 3 o’clock. These crosses are particularly connected with Amsterdam, as they are utilized as heraldic charges in the city crest. (Since when this precisely is, nobody knows. Holy person Andrew’s crosses represent a type of heavenly powers and were utilized by old Germans to ensure against malevolence, devils and all-round debacle. As it were, that might’ve worked for Amsterdam. Presently we should trust it neutralizes an unnatural weather change too – the city lies around two meters beneath ocean level.)

These same three crosses are likewise seen on the crown. As I would see it, that wasn’t fundamental, yet Dale Boom, ACE’s representative who was firmly associated with the plan of the watch, honestly disagreed with me. “I think it truly completes the watch“, he said.

One more reference to my old neighborhood is figured out on the world-time city ring, the most clear place. The word “Berlin” (a conspicuous decision for a German watch) was replaced by Amsterdam, which is currently imprinted in red. These are pleasant contacts, which truly made me need the watch… A touch of energy and pride never hurts.

This isn’t the main piece the gem dealer has made along with the watch brand from Glashütte. The principal coordinated effort gave us the Orion “De Stijl” 100th Anniversary, alluding to the predominantly Dutch workmanship aggregate that commended its centennial birthday in 2017. This piece has lopsided files that were enlivened by the fun loving utilization of straight lines which describes the craftsmanship development. It likewise has a dark cordovan strap.

The following year, the two players cooperated again to make the ACE x Nomos Club Campus Amsterdam. This piece included a dark dial with a blend of red Arabic and Roman numerals, whose shading plan alluded to Amsterdam. Each of the 75 pieces were sold out, similarly as. The most recent joint effort is just made in a limited run of 25 pieces.

Pros and Cons

A huge preferred position of this Amsterdam edition is the tone. The Nomos Zürich Weltzeit was at that point accessible in white and dull blue, however I think the dark dial truly gives the watch a cooler appearance. A sudden bit of leeway of this tone is that it kind of hides a little plan blemish in the first form: as I would see it, the city ring is sunk somewhat too somewhere down in the dial. By making the entire dial dark, it sort of disguises that profundity. The precious stone is wonderfully done; a domed sapphire.

Now before you begin clicking to the site, there is one more downside to this model I need to share. The hauls are excessively long for my little wrist. I truly don’t perceive any reason why Nomos hasn’t changed this, as it’s as of now gotten very some analysis from authorities about this plan issue. What’s more, much seriously thinking about that the vast majority of other Nomos watches are in reality little pieces (somewhere in the range of 33mm and 38mm)… The carries are straight, which doesn’t actually make the watch fall comfortably around the wrist. So know; you need a genuinely huge wrist for this edition.

Talking about the tie, coincidentally, this Ace x NOMOS Zürich Weltzeit Amsterdam is furnished with the extremely decent cordovan (horse cowhide) lash that is likewise found on, for instance, the Nomos Metro. Having possessed a Metro, I can guarantee you this isn’t just an entirely comfortable, yet additionally a significant gorgeous tie that truly gives this watch an advanced, metropolitan appearance. In the event that you have little wrists, the tie may require an additional opening, however I surmise that shouldn’t prompt enormous problems.

To genuine perfectionists, this watch may offer another issue that we previously noted in our prior audit of the Zürich Weltzeit in 2013 . In those days, we composed: “Essentially, a world-clock complication ought to permit the wearer to see the hour of all extraordinary time regions at the same time. The Nomos Zurich Weltzeit in such manner neglected to do precisely that, as the watch is more likened to a GMT or a movement time with a city plate. With the Nomos Zurich Weltzeit, you can just view two distinctive time regions all the while – the showed time, and the neighborhood or home time appeared by the Heimat (Home) circle close to the 3 o’clock marker.

The potential gain of this framework is that it is not difficult to utilize, readable and not very costly. You can switch time-regions effectively with the pusher at two o’clock. A solitary press pivots the city circle counter-clockwise, which accordingly hops the hour hand forward and permits you to flick through the distinctive time regions easily, while likewise leaving your 24h-hometime untouched.

Technical details

The case is made of steel, gauges almost 40mm in width and is water-impervious to 30m. The pusher that changes the world clock ring is situated at 2 o’clock and there is one little pusher at eight o’clock to change the home time. That sign is found at three o’clock and just shows the hours.

Inside the case ticks a Nomos creation: the type DUW 5201. The initial three letters of this type name promptly part with their provenance: Deutsche UhrenWerke Nomos has in-house delivered and built up this development. This type depends on the Epsilon development, which itself was the programmed variant of the Alpha development, the main type made by the still-very youthful brand from Glashütte.

The DUW 5201 is a programmed type that has a 43-hour power hold, a little seconds situated over 6 o’clock and the prior portrayed world-time system on the external ring. Along with the rotor, this all amounts to a development thickness of 5.7mm, which is still entirely worthy for a watch this way. Exceptional Glashütte contacts are to be found on the fastener and duplex wheel: the lovely spiraling sunburst beautification. It additionally has the run of the mill Glashütte three-quarter plate, albeit not as profoundly enlivened as a portion of its (better quality) neighbors. The remainder of the embellishments are done pleasantly, with Glashütte ribbing and perlage. The entirety of this is seen through the huge glass caseback, which truly features that very huge 31mm movement.

When conversing with the energetic individuals at ACE Jewelers, one straightforwardly sees that this unique edition wasn’t done on a Friday evening. Genuine idea went into this piece, and that shows. At the point when Boom (articulated in Dutch as ‘Bohm’, not BOOM) educated me regarding all his past thoughts, he really wanted to show me a portion of the principal renditions of this watch. A couple of years prior, he made the main portrayals of this piece. In those days, Nomos and ACE chose to retire the thought, yet fortunately it presently has discovered its approach to reality.

So far, the joint effort among ACE and Nomos has created extremely intriguing pieces, and that is mostly because of individuals like Boom and his chief, Alon Ben Joseph, who are genuine watch sweethearts and have spent an excessive number of hours chipping away at these activities. Up until now, just Nomos has set out to do this with ACE, yet I would be interested to see other watch brands doing this also. Not on the grounds that I need to see more Amsterdam-marked watches (as a rule I’m not a genuine huge fanatic of those ‘marked’ editions), however essentially on the grounds that I figure imagination from the rest of the world would improve a great deal of watch companies that stick simply excessively a lot to what they definitely know between their own four walls.

Final musings and availability

The ACE x Nomos Zurich Weltzeit Amsterdam Limited Edition all in all is done, despite the fact that it has a couple of downsides I depicted before. As a rule, I think it is an entirely attractive watch that truly fits the style of present day city life. However, it’s anything but a modest watch. It’s really the most costly watch in the normal Nomos assortment, avoiding the brilliant Lux and Lambda free thinkers with regards to the condition. The watch comes in a limited run of 25 pieces and will be accessible from the finish of this current month. The cost of the watch is by and large equivalent to the dim blue Zürich, which means EUR 4,620 including VAT – which is quite thoughtful from the folks at ACE, as the updates really go to the detriment of their edge of benefit. So in the event that you need one, you’ll must be snappy – assumptions are that this limited run will be sold out soon.

More subtleties and orders at www.acejewelers.com .