It’s nice to finally sit down and send out some new watch reviews, it’s been so hectic this summer with the office move, but I’m back and watch season is finally heating up, which is very customary for the fall and upcoming holiday season. .
I had a very interesting new watch in the middle of summer and could only publish a few Instagram pictures of this eclectic but understated piece. The watch I am talking about and reviewing in this article is the Nomos Metro Date Power Reserve Ref. 1101 Designed by Mark Braun. It is widely regarded as one of the nicest Nomos watches ever produced and I have to agree after adding it to my permanent collection.
I needed something very special to bump my newly acquired Daytona 116500 out of rotation, and the Nomos 1101 has already done that on a few occasions. Actually replacing the Daytona is fine, as the watches couldn’t be more different, almost to the point where I’d consider them opposites. While iconic, the Daytona is reserved in its styling like all Rolex watches, while the Metro Date Power Reserve on the other hand takes some very bold risks in the stylistic department and makes for a fresh change away from anything Rolex.
Retro but modern design
Nomos Ref. The 1101 shines in a few different departments but stands out most clearly with its playful and quirky design, most notably the patented power reserve indicator placed in an unusual location slightly to the right of the dial. The power reserve is displayed by a gauge in a circular window that is white blank when full, but as it is used up and less power is available the orange meter begins to show itself.
You’ll also notice the off-center logo on the left side of the dial and the perfectly placed date window at 6 o’clock. The hour and minute hands also feature a needle-like shape in its unique character that goes from thick to thin without diminishing. Color choice also plays an important role here, with a light mint / seaweed green on the dial indicators as well as the power reserve indicator, while the small seconds hand adds a pop of color in bright orange. Power reserve gauge.
When one notices the dial and places the watch on the wrist, all the details have to be taken in at once, but they play together effortlessly and create a very memorable watch. When I first saw this watch I couldn’t get it out of my head, it was so different from the norm but worked so well – I needed to add it to my collection for some fun variation.
size and movement
The Nomos Metro Power Reserve has stepped up the style department and also stepped up the sizing and movement department. It’s a 37mm watch, and although the size is almost exclusively made for my 6.5 inch wrist, it fits perfectly. Not only does it have exactly the wrist presence I want in this type of non-sporty watch, but the ultra-thin bezel allows the dial to complement the room that 37mm allows in this case. It fits like a retro German watch but has all the style cues and specs you want in a modern dressy / smart casual watch. I see it as a special occasion watch that you can complement an outfit with, but it can easily be used as an everyday watch, that is if you don’t mind a manual wound movement and low water resistance.
Wire lugs are also another unique feature of the Metro Line, but things get even more interesting when we turn the watch over to reveal the display window on the back and its German in-house movement, caliber DUW4401. For a watch in this price range (around $5150 CAD), it’s incredible to pair such a unique overall design with an in-house movement with a patented power reserve indicator function, and it’s truly the kind of package you can find. Priced at $10,000 and up, this watch is an irresistible offering to watch enthusiasts and passionate collectors alike.
I can’t get enough of this watch and look forward to wearing it as much as possible. For more information about Metro Date Power Reserve. 11.01 Visit the official Nomos website here.