NOMOS Glashutte for Doctors Without Borders

NOMOS Glashutte for Doctors Without Borders

NOMOS Glashütte recently introduced a limited series of watches to benefit the work of Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières). The mechanical hand-wound watches boast NOMOS’ signature clean design aesthetic, with subtle additions. The twelve on the dial appears in red, a subtle nod to the lifesaving organization. NOMOS also added a small inscription of “Doctors Without Borders” at six o’clock. Eight versions of the timepiece will be made, including the brand’s Tangente and Tetra models. A total of 1000 individually-numbered pieces are now available in the UK, USA, and NOMOS’ homeland, Germany.

The caseback of the Nomos Glashutte Doctors WIthout Borders Limited Edition watch

Caseback of the Nomos Glashutte Tangente Doctors Without Borders.

Good Timing for a Good Cause

In a recent statement, the brand explained the concept behind this well-timed philanthropic initiative:

NOMOS Glashütte is supporting the Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization with eight special watch models for the USA, UK, and Germany, limited to 1000 pieces each. Every single one raises 100 US dollars, pounds, or euros respectively with the aim of donating over one million US dollars in total to Doctors Without Borders. 

NOMOS crafts these fine mechanical timepieces in the world-famous watchmaking town of Glashütte. German engineering skill, outstanding product design (in the traditions of Bauhaus and the Deutscher Werkbund), and the town’s rich heritage of watchmaking—thanks to these aspects, timepieces from NOMOS Glashütte are of the highest quality. 

What furthermore makes these elegant hand-wound watches unique is the red twelve on their silver-plated dials, which is a subtle allusion to the medical aid organization, the small “Doctors Without Borders” inscription below the six, and the special engraving on their backs. Each of these timepieces is individually numbered, and the fine in-house caliber is displayed through the sapphire glass back. 

Healing Around the World

Doctors Without Borders has served thousands of people with little or no access to medical assistance in times of war and natural disasters. Their mission is to “help people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from health care,” according to their web site.

“South Sudan, Syria, and Nepal: In many places worldwide, assistance is urgently needed,” NOMOS said in a recent statement. “Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is committed to bringing emergency medical aid to those who need it—be it in high-profile crisis zones, or in places barely featured in the media.”

The limited-edition pieces are available through the NOMOS website.