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The Nomos Autobahn is for fashionable petrolheads

Cool enough for the track, thin enough for your suit

The Autobahn is a new 41mm watch for stylish car guys. PHOTO FROM NOMOS

Watch aficionados usually have different timepieces for different occasions. For instance, a driver’s watch you wear to the racetrack with the boys, and a dress watch you pair with your business suit for more formal gatherings. It’s a little weird rocking a thick chronograph with a tuxedo, after all.

But what if you could own a watch that’s motoring-themed but thin enough to complement a dinner jacket? Check out the new Nomos Autobahn, the latest model from the German watchmaker famous for its Bauhaus design.

Just 10.5mm thick, the Autobahn can be a dress watch. PHOTO FROM NOMOS

The Autobahn (which is German for “highway,” by the way) has a diameter of 41mm but is just 10.5mm thick and 66g heavy. That’s thanks to Nomos’s Neomatik caliber DUW 6101 that is merely 3.6mm thin. This 27-jewel automatic movement has a power reserve of 42 hours.

Nomos's Neomatik caliber DUW 6101 is 3.6mm thin. PHOTO FROM NOMOS

Created by German product designer Werner Aisslinger, the Nomos Autobahn is available in three dial colorways: white-silver, midnight blue and sports gray. “I love high-priced commissioned work speed,” Aisslinger is quoted as saying in the press release.

Three dial colorways are available for the Autobahn. PHOTOS FROM NOMOS

The DUW 6101 is the first Neomatik movement with a date complication. According to Nomos, the caliber needs just 30 minutes to completely change the date after midnight.

The date window reminds us of a car's instrument. PHOTOS FROM NOMOS

The Autobahn, water-resistant to 100m, features sapphire crystal on both sides, and also a “luminous ring of SuperLuminova-coated bars” for easy time-reading in the dark. A woven textile strap is attached to the watch’s 20mm lugs. Each piece is priced at $4,800 (P250,000).

Speedometer-inspired SuperLuminova bars will help you tell the time in low-light places. PHOTO FROM NOMOS

If you’re looking for a car-inspired watch but don’t like bulky chronographs or overtly sporty designs, the Nomos Autobahn might be the timepiece for you.

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist for 26 years. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.