Nomos Introduces the Club 36 Blue for Ace Jewelers

Cheerfully affordable.

A family-owned watch retailer with a prominent online presence, Ace Jewelers has made its an annual affair to work with Nomos on a limited edition. Past editions include last year’s #NomiesforLife and the Zurich world time from the preceding year.

The latest is the Ace x NOMOS Club 36 Limited Edition, conceived to mark the five-year relationship between the German brand and Amsterdam-based retailer.

Initial thoughts

The appeal of Nomos; watches lie in their cheerfully simple aesthetics and affordability. Even though the Club 36 Blue is a limited edition for a retailer, it is quintessentially Nomos in style with its blue and orange dial.

Being the entry-level Nomos watch, the standard Club 36 is offered in a narrow number of dial colours, which is one of the main attractions of the new edition. And because it is based on the brand’s entry-level model, the Club 36 Blue is unusually affordable. The version with a solid back costs just US$1,000 or so.

An uncommon edition

According to Ace, its latest limited edition is only the third limited edition based on the Club 36 over the past decade. The upside of using this specific model as the base is affordability, since the Club 36 is the entry-level Nomos.

The tweaks that set the Ace edition apart lie in the dial, which has a blue and orange livery that’s based on Ace Jeweler’s corporate colours.

Dial aside, the watch is identical to the standard model. The case is polished steel, 36 mm in diameter, and offered with either a solid or open back.

Despite being the most affordable model Nomos makes, the Club 36 is still powered by a proprietary movement, as all Nomos watches are.

Both versions of the Club 36 Blue are equipped with the Alpha, a calibre made in house but based on the architecture of the Peseux 7001. It’s finished in typical Nomos style, which is surprisingly attractive despite the affordable price.

Key facts and price

Nomos Club 36 Blue Ace Edition
Ref. 701.S3 (closed back)
Ref. 703.S3 (open back)

Diameter: 36 mm
Height: 8.2 mm
Material: Steel
Crystal: Sapphire
Water resistance: 100 m

Movement: Alpha
Frequency: 21,600 beats per hour (3 Hz)
Winding: Hand-wind
Power reserve: 43 hours
Functions: Hours, minutes, and seconds

Strap: Horween shell cordovan with pin buckle; additional fabrics straps in blue and black

Limited Edition: 50 pieces with closed back, 100 pieces with open back
Availability: Direct from Ace Jewelers
Price: €893 (closed back); and €1,108 (open back)

Prices exclude taxes

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Omega Introduces the Speedmaster Chronoscope

An appealing, multi-scale dial in a dissonant design.

The latest from Omega is a surprise: a Speedmaster powered by a new, manual-wind calibre but fitted with a retro-inspired, multi-scale dial. Equipped with the full-spec cal. 9908, the Speedmaster Chronoscope is a 43 mm chronograph with a dial bearing three sets of measurement scales: tachymeter, telemeter, and pulsometer.

While the multi-scale dial is modelled on vintage Omega chronographs of the 1940s, the case is classic Speedmaster with its characteristic “twisted” or “lyre” lugs.

Initial thoughts

The Chronoscope is essentially combines well-known chronographs from two disparate periods in Omega’s history: the multi-scale dial typically associated with the vintage CK 2393 powered by the cal. 33.3 from the 1940s, plus the Speeedmaster case that is a 1960s design. But it is distinctly 21st century in mechanics with the new cal. 9908 inside.

While any one of those might be appeal on their own, together they don’t work well. The Speedmaster case design is about three decades older than the multi-scale so it feels incongruent.

To be fair, the dial looks to be well executed with good detail and design. The portions of the dial look good and the applied numerals are a nice touch. And pricing is fair as well.

But despite the appeal of the individual elements, the whole is less than the sum of the parts.

Still, the design makes sense from a broader, commercial perspective since it adds a new look to the stable of designs for the Speedmaster, which is one of Omega’s bestsellers. For the average buyer who isn’t familiar with vintage design, the Chronoscope might have appeal as a new look for the famous watch that one to the Moon.

The new cal. 9908


The Chronoscope dial takes after the multi-scale chronographs Omega produced in the 1930s and 1940s that were equipped with the cal. 33.3, most famously the CK 2393 with its narrow, straight lugs.

Though the multi-scale dial was common enough amongst chronographs of the era to be almost generic, Omega’s versions are some of the most desirable today, putting them amongst the most valuable.

An example of the CK 2393

The triple scale rendered in different colours to distinguish between the scales

The Chronoscope does a good job of reproducing the multi-scale design, with each of the three scales legible arranged around the centre. But unlike in vintage watches where the scales are often in different colours, the trio of scales on the Chronoscope dial are all the same shade. Nonetheless they appear to be easily readable given the large font thanks to the size of the dial.

And the rest of the dial features appealing details like fine concentric stamping for the chapter ring with the hour numerals that echoes the two-tone finish on vintage dials. The sub-dials are also recessed, which also enhances the vintage-inspired look.

Steel, bronze, and gold

With its size dictated by the movement within, the Chronoscope is a large 43 mm in diameter, making it one of the biggest Speedmaster models in the catalogue.

The case is available in either steel or Bronze Gold. Fitted with an anodised-aluminium bezel insert that matches the dial colour, the steel model is available with three different dials and the choice of either a strap or a bracelet.

Omega’s proprietary gold alloy with relatively low gold content – it’s 37.5% gold instead of the 75% in 18k gold – Bronze Gold is being used for the second time since its launch with the Seamaster 300.

The Chronoscope in Bronze Gold is slightly fancier than its steel counterparts. Its dial is bronze with a chocolate, “patina” finish, and the bezel insert is brown ceramic.

Cal. 9908

The new calibre is derived from the automatic cal. 9900, which is Omega’s flagship chronograph movement in terms of features – it’s basically the same thing but without the automatic winding mechanism. The removal of the self-winding mechanism helps explain the unusual appearance of the cal. 9908, which is dominated by a massive three-quarter plate with an aperture revealing the column wheel.

Like all latest-generation Omega movements, the cal. 9908 is equipped with almost everything Omega has invented (or acquired) in the last couple of years. It has a Co-Axial escapement, plus a silicon hairspring and non-magnetic escapement that together give it an industry-leading level of magnetism resistance.

Additionally, the twin barrels have their interiors coated in diamond-like carbon (DLC), a hard-wearing material that minimises the friction created by the mainsprings’ motion against the barrel walls.

Key facts and price

Omega Speedmaster Chronoscope Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph 43 mm
Ref. 329. (steel, bracelet, blue dial)
Ref. 329. (steel, strap, silver dial)
Ref. 329. (Bronze Gold, strap)

Diameter: 43 mm
Height: Unavailable
Material: Steel or Bronze Gold
Crystal: Sapphire
Water resistance: 50 m

Movement: Cal. 9908
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, and chronograph
Additional features: Co-Axial escapement, silicon hairspring, and resistant to magnetism of up to 15,000 Gauss
Winding: Hand-wound
Frequency: 28,800 beats per hour (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 60 hours

Strap: Steel bracelet or leather strap

Availability:  At Omega retailers and boutiques starting November 2021

Steel on strap – US$8,450; or 12,200 Singapore dollars

Steel on bracelet – US$8,650; or 12,400 Singapore dollars

Bronze Gold – US$14,100; or 20,600 Singapore dollars

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