As the reputation of Nomos continues to grow internationally, the company is increasingly heralded as a beacon of German watchmaking excellence. In equal measure, advocates praise the brand for its innovative movements that can only exist thanks to its manufacture in German watchmaking’s heartland, Glashütte, as well as its minimalist case and dial designs that are a product of its Berlin-based creative hub. Often categorised in the media as “Bauhaus”, Nomos prefers to say that its design principles are an extension of the “Deutscher Werkbund”, an early 20th-century movement that aimed to combine artisanal crafts and mass production, thus establishing the principles that allowed the Bauhaus school to come into existence. Closely linked to the English Arts and Crafts movement and the work of William Morris, defining Nomos within the boundaries of Deutscher Werkbund immediately gives both the design and purpose a more international flavour.
As an external product designer, Simon Husslein works on projects ranging from furniture to installations and spatial designs. Initially a student at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, Husslein went on to work at Studio Hannes Wettstein before enrolling on an MA course in Design Products at London’s Royal College of Art. “The course was run by Ron Arad, who was amazing and had a huge influence on me, as did many of the tutors,” recalls Husslein. But the main inspiration came from other students and the impact of being squeezed into this crazy building next to Kensington Gardens with 1,000 really talented people from all fields. There was an insane density of brilliance – I get goose bumps thinking about it. Following my two years in London, I could say with clarity what I liked and didn’t like. I could make a decision, hold opinions.