Singapore is a country, a city-state in Southeast Asia no bigger than 719 square kilometres. Its tiny size on the map earned it the nickname “little red dot”. Now, no matter which country you are in, patriotism stays with you as you will be reminded of Home by that little red dot on your wrist.
It was during the 2016 NOMOS and The Hour Glass mutual event that the avid collectors asked for a “Singapore edition” of the Zürich Weltzeit: a clean, legible, well-loved timepiece by the global traveller. With the push of a button located at the 2 o’clock position, one can tell the time of any city (or time zone) as indicated on the rotating disc.
Now in 2017, it will be available as a limited edition for The Hour Glass and Watches of Switzerland. Within this limited edition, Singapore has its own place on the dial’s city disk. And instead of the iconic “home” symbol, now in place is a little red dot, indicating the time in 24-hour format. Wherever the watch’s wearer happens to be, the little red dot on the right side of the dial shows what time it is at home.
“It’s a great honour for NOMOS Glashütte to collaborate with The Hour Glass and Watches of Switzerland to celebrate our young but very successful partnership. The inspiration for this watch came from Singapore’s most knowledgeable watch lovers, who we met when we gathered in 2016 for our first mutual event. I am proud that the Singapore limited edition of NOMOS Glashütte Zürich Weltzeit expresses the manufacture’s close ties to The Hour Glass and that there is still a little twinkle in the eye when you have a closer look at the dial. Watch out for the little red dot.“ – Mr Uwe Ahrendt, CEO NOMOS Glashütte.
The 50-piece limited edition also marks the second anniversary of the cooperation between The Hour Glass and NOMOS Glashütte. 35 pieces will come with a NOMOS’ classic white silver-plated dial, while another 15 are available with a new salmon-colored dial.
The sapphire crystal glass back presents a view of the fine mechanical movement that ticks at heart of the watch: the NOMOS automatic caliber DUW 5201, developed and constructed in-house in Glashütte, Germany.
The timepieces will be sold in selected The Hour Glass and Watches of Switzerland stores in Singapore from 28 September 2017 at RRP SGD 8,560.
Zürich Weltzeit Limited Edition Singapore (Ref. 805. S6)
Case: Stainless steel, tripartite; domed sapphire crystal glass with anti-reflective coating; sapphire crystal glass back; Special engraving “NOMOS Glashütte Zürich Weltzeit—Singapore Limited Edition”.
Size: Diameter 39.9 mm, Height 10.85 mm.
Dial: Galvanized white silver-plated/Salmon-colored; with world time and 24-hour indicator; special inscription “Singapore” on the city disc; red dot as home time indicator.
Hands: faceted and rhodium-plated hour and minute hands; red seconds hand.
Water-resistant: to 3 atm (30 meters).
Strap: black Horween Genuine Shell Cordovan, lug width 20 mm.
Movement: DUW 5201: in-house built NOMOS caliber with automatic winding and world time indicator; NOMOS swing system
with tempered blue balance spring. (DUW stands for NOMOS Glashütte Deutsche Uhrenwerke.)
Characteristics: decentralized seconds; worldtime mechanism; stop-seconds mechanism; Glashütte three-quarter plate; 26 rubies; Glashütte stopwork; bidirectional winding rotor; Incabloc shock protection; adjusted in six positions; tempered blue screws; rhodium plated movement surfaces with Glashütte ribbing and NOMOS perlage; ratchet and duplex wheel with Glashütte sunburst.
Power reserve: approx. 42 hours.
Recommended Retail Price: SGD 8,560