Perfection in its smallest forms: The high-precision parts of a watch
Perfection in its smallest forms
In the NOMOS Glashütte production center, the parts of the in-house watch movements are manufactured like clockwork—that is to say, with high precision and always in the same way. The majority of work that goes into a NOMOS watch is done by hand, just as it was 175 years ago. But when it comes down to the micrometer, cutting-edge technology prevails.
GLASHÜTTE, SUMMER 2021. In the Glashütte district of Schlottwitz is located the modern industrial hall, clad in local larch wood. Inside, CNC-controlled lathes and milling machines are in operation; gear cutting and wire erosion are taking place. The NOMOS production center is packed to the rafters with high-end high-tech. The small and smallest parts for the 11 different calibers are manufactured here. The temperature in the hall is constant, year in year out—so tolerances can be reduced to the minimum and work carried out with exceptional precision. Later, these components enable the watchmakers to build the finest watches, to bring time to life. The latter takes place a little higher up in the town, in the NOMOS chronometry building.
As we all know, the watch-industry term “manufacture” doesn’t mean that everything is made by hand. This is largely the case with watches such as those from NOMOS Glashütte. Rather, “manufacture” means that watch movements are designed, developed, and produced in-house. Brands that buy their movements, straight off the shelf so to say, can by no means be called a manufacture. NOMOS Glashütte is an independent watchmaking company that develops, designs, and produces all calibers, also called watch movements, itself—that includes, of course, all the necessary parts. 11 different calibers in total. Their quality determines the precision of each watch, alongside the handcraft of the watchmaker.
Would you like to see for yourself exactly how we do it? How we manufacture the smallest of parts by hand down to the micrometer, i.e. a thousandth of a millimeter, before performing fine finishing and decoration on individual components? And why, exactly, do we go to these lengths? It would be our pleasure to welcome you to our home: See with your own eyes what the 175-year-old tradition of Glashütte handcraft looks like today. We would be happy to put you in touch with a contact person and provide you with further information and images.
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