Nomos develops so fast in the decade year.And this year they launched the new watch-Nomos lambda 39mm.
Nomos features a more complex, better finished, better looking movement. Not that the other calibres from Nomos are not pleasant, but those cased in the Lux and Lambda are clearly playing in a different league. With a certain success, the watches convinced and pleased clients – but the 42mm case of the Lambda was certainly a bit too big compared to the spirit of Nomos, which usually set the diameter way under 40mm, even for a gentleman’s watch.
In terms of design, the lineage with the other collections from Nomos makes no doubt. Then Lambda clearly comes from the same minds – something that is even truer with this 39mm edition, closer to the standards of the brand. The overall look is clean and modern – again, the Bauhaus inspiration is noticeable. What changes with the Lambda is the flavor, just like if the recipe received an extra-spice that changes the taste a bit – but not much, just subtlety. While the previous Nomos watches look sporty – or at least casual – with their stylized Arabic numerals and some coloured accents on the indexes or the hands, the Lambda is a more refined, dressier and even cleaner. This vision of the concept creates a dress watch. It’s not properly a ultra-formal watch but calling it casual won’t be relevant anymore.
The main problem with the 42mm edition was not its size itself – 42mm is, to actual standards, an ordinary size. However, the Lambda has an extremely thin bezel – not to say that it has no bezel at all. Combine this design element with a bright dial and you obtain a watch that virtually looks larger than it is in reality. With 3mm less, the 39mm edition of the Nomos Lambda is both nicer on the wrist, it feels more comfortable and it also better sits in the collection and in the spirit of the brand. However, don’t expect this watch to look small. Again, with the absence of bezel, the watch looks larger than on paper – this is however just a visual effect, as on my rather small wrist, the Nomos Lambda 39mm felt perfectly appropriate.
The dial is very pleasant. First comes the warm combination between the 18k rose gold case and the velvet black dial. If you pay attention, you’ll noticed its soft texture and its warm color, that can, in certain conditions, appear to be almost brown or aubergine. Then you have those 4 extremely thin and long hands, reduced to their simplest form: straight batons. Some might expect a poor legibility, which is in fact not the case. Due to the high contrast, the Nomos Lambda is very convenient on a daily basis. The dial also feels very well balanced, first because of the symmetry of the indications and of the inscriptions, but also because all the tracks and indexes are matching with the hands style, meaning simple, straight and minimalistic. The overall look is clean, crisp and truly elegant.
The main difference with the 42mm is in the proportions. The space between the hands is the same, meaning that it’s just a matter of “compression” of the sub-dials. In fact, the small second subsidiary dial doesn’t change and keeps the same diameter but it is now closer from the border of the dial. What really changes is the diameter of the power reserve indicator, which is now a bit smaller – and so does the related hand.
The 39mm edition of the Nomos Lambda preserves the attributes of the 42mm, namely a large, aerial, extremely clean dial.