Metro 38The Metro makes an especially cultivated impression with its filigreed hands and its perfectly accurate minute circle along the dial’s circumference. This model is powered by Caliber Alpha, this brand’s first manufacture movement.
- Materials: Stainless steel with Shell Cordovan leather wristband
- Caliber: Hand wound, Caliber Alpha
- Diameter: 38.5 mm
- Wempe reference: NO00072
Sleek and simply masterful
Caliber α (alpha) breathes ticking life into the sleekly simple but nonetheless impressive Metro 38, a movement that looks back on 12 years of continuous evolution at Nomos Glashütte; both the name and the external appearance have evolved. In the beginning – 1992 – when Nomos Glashütte first attracted attention with its purist Tangente, this wristwatch was powered by a hand-wound Peseux 7001, which is 23.3 mm in diameter and 2.5 mm high. ETA had taken over manufacturing this caliber in the wake of the Quartz Revolution. More than 2.2 million units of the Peseux 7001 had been fabricated since the start of its production in 1971. This fact gave a noble touch to the Tangente’s movement, which relies on a balance with a frequency of three Hertz, but Nomos wasn’t content to make do with standard Swiss merchandise forever. This discontent developed into a philosophy. Salient features of the first upgraded version, which was christened 1T, included a matte gold-plated base plate, bridges, and cocks; some blued screws; a sunburst pattern on the ratchet and crown wheels; and a Triovis fine adjustment mechanism. A special mainspring ensured a 43-hour power reserve. Among its 99 components, version 1 TS also included a mechanism to halt its balance. Caliber 1 TS Super 30 followed in 2004: Nomos manufactured its base plate, which was en- graved with an individual serial number flanked by the Greek letter α (alpha). Nomos was responsible for making the entire construction, including a handsome Glashütte three-quarter plate, beginning in 2005. Caliber α (alpha), which has been available ever since, transformed Nomos Glashütte into a genuine manufacture that fully de- serves this prestigious appellation. This movement, which relies on a Swiss oscillating system to subdivide each hour into 21,600 semi-oscillations, ticks inside the 38.5 mm steel case of the Metro 38. The affordable results of fine Glashütte watchmaking are visible through a pane of sapphire crystal on the case back, which remains water resistant to three bar.