Design Overview: Nomos Club Campus

In the world of watchmaking there are three types of brands, the historic established brands, microbrands, and indie-brands. Nomos is up there with my favorite indie-brands. As a German brand they like to use Bauhaus inspired designs, compared to Junghans or a military based company like Laco or Stowa, they choose a more loose interpretation of the Bauhaus. Nothing shows that more than the Club Campus, the only watch I have loved consistently. But why is that? As per usual this is not a review, and all photos are courtesy of Nomos.

“Young and sporty, without airs and graces.” I really don’t need to write a post because that description is absolutely perfect! The Club Campus is the most popular version of the Club series, with the most colors and variations, the entire design is so pleasing. Featuring a reverse California dial, a small seconds subdial and very generous lume on an incredible textured matte dial. My favorite version is the Future Orange, despite the different shade of orange for the second hand. The case has a beautiful rounded bezel, on a completely polished case with oversized lugs, so the watch will wear large.

But as usual, it’s the little details that make the watch, the texture on the dial is a fine grain that doesn’t stand out but helps keep the premium but fun feel. There is a cap over the hands just for that touch oof luxury, the indices are made up of bubbly lume for a slightly rounded tough of dimension to a flat printed out dial. If the movement was visible behind the closed casebook you would see an incredibly finished hand wound in house Nomos movement.

I don’t think I can ever get enough of this watch, and I might actually get to try it on soon, if I’m lucky. This is one of the few watches that feels perfect and the price, at $1,500, is so absolutely, eye wateringly, incredible.