Nomos has rethought its popular Autobahn watch in three special editions, in the favourite colours of designer Werner Aisslinger. The new Nomos Autobahn Director’s Cut Limited Edition models, named after German motorways A9, A3, and A7, nod to German car design of decades gone by.

‘Autobahn is a symbiosis of design concepts and Glashütte’s cutting-edge technology,’ says Aisslinger, referring to the watchmaking excellence of Nomos’ hometown in Saxony. ‘Its sophisticated, extremely slim movement is what enabled us, as designers, to conceive of tantalising aspects, such as the concave rehaut with dial and the inclined seconds. Only the mastery of Nomos Glashütte was capable of reproducing the grace of the graphic elements and hands.’

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Aisslinger brings a background in furniture design and architectural units to the watches, which stay faithful to the stripped-back aesthetic familiar to fans of the German brand.

‘Our Autobahn dial is inspired by the instruments of legendary sports cars from the 1970s and 1980s,’ he adds. ‘The zenith of automotive design gave us not only spectacular vehicle bodies and silhouettes, but also interior designs and dashboard instruments that remain the templates and archetypes for the development of transportation to this day.’

The new watches are a colourful rethink of the original 2018 Autobahn model. They encompass various hues, from the minimalist black and grey of the A9 to the sporty dashboard aesthetic of the A3, and the vintage appeal of the blue and yellow A7. The thinness of the movement allows for greater curves, which hug the raised dial, complemented by a luminous ring that makes for effortless legibility in the dark.

‘They are slightly unusual in their choices of colour,’ says Aisslinger. ‘The colours are vibrant, striking and yet extremely wearable. A confident statement on good design.’ §
 

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