Side-by-Side: Nomos Club + Stowa Partitio
A week ago, we posted a photograph on Instagram of the Nomos Club close by the Stowa Partitio with the subtitle, “ Two peas in a pod. ” In doing as such, we welcomed a series of comments assessing the two, with individuals comparing their plans and contending which one offers a more prominent worth. On the off chance that we took in anything from that post, it’s that individuals feel unequivocally about these two watches, which is obvious when you consider how energetic Stowa and Nomos fans are. Furthermore, since the two watches share various commonalities in plan and corresponding to their separate brands, we thought we’d give these two a one next to the other breakdown, investigating their cases, dials, developments, and wearability. Let’s get to it.
The Nomos Club comes in at 36mm x 46mm, with a thickness of roughly 8.17mm. The Club is unquestionably a little watch by present day principles, however its measurements give a false representation of its wrist presence, with the long tightening drags and thick bezel giving the case some additional visual haul. The Club highlights what Nomos calls a treated steel “bipartite” case, implying that the bezel and mid case are really one strong piece. The impact is very alluring, making a smooth change between the bezel, case, and lugs–all of which include a high clean finish.
Sitting on the case is a somewhat domed sapphire precious stone. It doesn’t sit flush with the case, however rather is somewhat raised over the bezel making a slight lip. In profile, the look–coupled with the bending lugs–harkens back to a vintage tasteful. One thing to note is that the haul openings are situated genuinely near the edge of the carries, bringing about what some should seriously mull over a critical hole between the lash and the case. It’s a little detail that individuals frequently call out, however one that I find undeniably less problematic when the watch is on the wrist.
The Stowa Partitio has one millimeter over the Club, coming in at a width of 37mm with a carry to-drag stature of 47mm. It also is minor by today’s guidelines, however the Partitio seems bigger on the wrist regardless of the ostensible distinction in measurements. This is expected basically to the way that the Partitio’s bezel is more slender, which gives the dial all the more land over the substance of the watch. By my unpleasant gauge, it wears a smidgen more like a 38mm watch.
The 3-piece hardened steel case on the Partitio is 10.8mm thick, so it is around 2.5mm thicker than the Club notwithstanding both having manual developments. There are likely two purposes behind this distinction. The first and most clear is the tallness of each movement–the Nomos Alpha type (2.6mm) is prominently more slender than the ETA 2801 (3.35mm) housed inside the Partitio. However, past that, Stowa probably utilizes a similar case to accommodate the ETA 2824 which is utilized in the programmed rendition of the Partitio, so that represents around 2mm. The excess contrast may be identified with hand leeway; the Club–featuring a sub-seconds layout–needs less vertical space than the Partitio, which has three midway mounted hands.
Being that the two watches are of the manual assortment, we should observe the crowns. The Club’s crown projects a lot from the case, taking into consideration a comfortable grasp. Alternately, the Partitio’s crown is somewhat more limited, yet compensates for that by being altogether bigger in distance across. Notwithstanding, the two crowns are not difficult to twist, in any event, for those of us with bigger hands.
Flipping the two watches around you will discover two treated steel case backs with the specs delicately carved into the metal. The huge distinction between the two is that the Club includes a screw down case back, while the Partitio’s is connected by means of 6 screws. Both watches are accessible with display case backs upon demand, with Stowa as of late reporting that they will supplant the 2801 with Sellita’s all around respected SW210 mechanical same. It’s a welcome change, and one that doesn’t come at a lot more noteworthy expense.
The white-dialed Club is really silver, with more seasoned forms of the dial including such a level cream tone (the progress was made some time in 2013). The unmistakable hours file is imprinted in dark, with every hour shown by means of exchanging rectangular hash marks (odd) and Arabic numerals (even). Along the external edge of the dial is a finely-printed minutes record, which is separated into little lines and numerals at time periods minutes, beginning with “05” and finishing with “60.” This is likewise where we have a sprinkle of shading, with the minutes imprinted in red-orange. This is continued to the hands, which are outlined in sparkle dark and have painted focuses utilizing a similar red-orange shade. At 6 o’clock, there is a seconds sub-dial highlighting fine concentric circles.
The plan of the Club is presumably the most “normal” one offered by Nomos, yet I imply that as commendation and not as mocking. It is a flexible dial with a pleasant mix of references; it is dressy and energetic, exquisite and perky, and it has the ideal hint of military impact. There isn’t a ton of negative space here, which can be the situation with different watches from the brand. All the components feel all around put and adjusted, and there isn’t anything missing from the watch, nor is any detail extraneous.
The white-dialed Partitio, in contrast to the Club, is genuine white with a fine eggshell-like surface. Differentiating the unmistakable white of the dial is an hours track liberally covered in peach-shaded Old Radium Superluminova. Like the Club, the Partitio additionally has an external minutes track (however for this situation, it’s likewise a seconds track) with numerals at time frames. This file further partitions the markings into 1/fifth of a second, an outwardly satisfying subtlety that alludes to a military and field-watch legacy. (Additionally, it is the place where the Partitio gets its name, with “Partitio” being Latin for partition.)
The vintage Bauhaus-motivated typeface is one of my number one highlights of the entire plan. It is inconceivably proportional, and I particularly like the way the “6” and “9” don’t complete their circles. The needle styled handset is an ideal match to the dial. They’re cleaned and nickel-plated, which give them a gentler look than what one may discover with simply pure steel.
Both Stowa and Nomos ought to be lauded for accomplishing such exact imprinting on their dials. Everything is finished with precision and care, from the brand symbols down to the littlest of runs. Stowa accomplished a particularly fine item, by one way or another figuring out how to pack liberal measures of radiant material inside such finely printed numerals. Discussing lume, I do think the Club’s complete absence of the brilliant stuff is somewhat baffling, and Nomos’ botched freedom here implies that the Club is shockingly somewhat of a flop around evening time. Interestingly, the Partitio is a flat out torch.
As some of you may surely understand, the Alpha development from Nomos is their most fundamental manual type. It depends on the respected Peseux 7001, however figured out, changed, and produced in-house by Nomos. This 17-jeweled development is inconceivably precise–adjusted by Nomos in 6 positions–and highlights a decentralized seconds design, a stop-seconds system (hacking), and a strong 43hr force hold. The development is obviously a delight to twist, with the perfect measure of tension.
The 2801 is ETA’s hand-winding caliber–the manual sibling of the staple ETA 2824. It’s workhorse development that, while crude, has substantiated itself on numerous occasions available. The Sellita SW 210 is planned to be a drop-in swap for the 2801, which is progressively harder to source, and I anticipate comparative execution from the previous (Sellita was at one point a subcontract for ETA, so their specialized ability is undeniable).
But cutting straight to the chase, it is a pointless activity to compare the two. The Alpha type is without a doubt the more pleasant development with a considerably more intriguing family and wrapping up. That reality, notwithstanding, is reflected in the cost, so that’s unquestionably one interesting point when taking a gander at the two developments. I think at the cost cognizant buyer, shunning an in-house type is no biggie since you are as yet leaving something unfathomably powerful and reliable.
Straps and Wearability
Both watches wear very well and are inclined toward various ties, from nylon slip-throughs to shell cordovan cowhide lashes. The Club comes with an earthy colored Horween shell cordovan lash emphasized with red difference line. I’m ordinarily not a devotee of differentiation line, but rather the impact here is shockingly unobtrusive. For the individuals who haven’t attempted a shell cordovan watchstrap, get to it. Shell cordovan is incredibly comfortable and breaks in very quickly, and it has better opposition than sweat so it won’t smell up your wrist. Additionally, shell patinates flawlessly after some time, so your lash is simply going to improve with age. The two watches included in the exhibition are matched with shell straps.
In terms of adaptability, I’d need to give the edge to the Club. The rich case combined with the silver dial makes it a touch more exquisite than the Partitio, however exclusively just barely. So, I would comfortably wear either watch with a suit or a tee shirt and jeans.
If you are taking a gander at the two watches and can’t settle on the two, at that point I have an inclination this one next to the other just made things much harder. They’re both incredible watches, and you truly can’t turn out badly with it is possible that one. In any case, on the off chance that cash is an essential concern, the Partitio is an easy decision. At roughly $695, it presents an unfathomable worth. On the off chance that cash is certifiably not a significant concern and you can bear the cost of the Club, at that point you’re getting an incredible German-made watch with an in-house type at a mind boggling cost. At $1550, the Club is without a doubt perhaps the best pearl inside the domain of reasonable extravagance watches. However, in particular, simply go with the watch that addresses you most and overlook the promotion from either camp.