Ever since I first saw the Nomos Glashütte Zürich Worldtimer on @lawatchguy’s wrist at a #lawatchgang GTG several years ago I had been intrigued by this piece. By the numbers, this watch would have never made it into my collection of mainly sport watches. It is on the smaller side (40 mm), thin, and dressy. I am typically attracted to the exact opposite – larger watches (42 mm or larger), thicker cases, and sportier styles. But for some reason I could not get this Worldtimer out of my mind.
Between the two regular production models, the blue version always sang to me the loudest, mainly because I have never been a fan of off-white or silver dials. Therefore, I was convinced that it was just a matter of time before I added the blue version to my collection. To my surprise, as I was researching about this watch, I came across the Topper Limited Edition model which has a pure white lacquer dial and blue hands! It was exactly what I had been wishing Nomos Glashütte had done on their regular production models!
For those unfamiliar with this Topper Limited Edition model, below are the differences compared to the regular production models:
Individually numbered limited edition inscription on the case back
White lacquer dial with blue accents and indices
“Los Angeles” time zone replaced with “Burlingame” (which is the city where Topper Jewelers is located)
The white lacquer dial and blue hands definitely make the watch dressier than the two regular production models, which seem a lot more casual in comparison due to the rhodium-plated hands. But to be honest, you cannot go wrong with any of the variations. This watch is simply gorgeous and extremely practical for the world traveler. However, the watch could benefit from a date display and the removal of antireflective coating on the outside crystal (which is a huge pet peeve of mine).
Despite being the unlikely hero, this Nomos might just be a keeper.