The small German company NOMOS Glashütte from Saxony is as young as it is ambitious. During its short history (and the company was founded in 1990, just a couple of months after the fall of the Berlin Wall), the brand has gone from a modest beginner to a full-fledged top—level manufactory, in 2013 announcing a line of mechanisms, according to their parameters and quality characteristics belonging to the highest league - the segment of high watchmaking.
My acquaintance with Nomos watches by a lucky chance began with the Orion model in a steel 38 mm case. A pleasant manual winding, a thin profile (8.86 mm), a convenient location on the wrist — this watch comes into your life unnoticed, absolutely does not attract attention during a joint pastime, but it performs its basic functions amazingly well.
The matte light dial is extremely clearly marked with the help of gold-colored hour markers and printed minute indexes. The blued hands of the hours and minutes are also very thin, which is why the position of the minute hand when reading the time is determined with unmistakable accuracy in relation to the elements of the marking of the dial. The only reservation should be made about the time period from the 25th to the 35th minute, with a cursory glance it is not always possible to determine the exact number of minutes due to the fact that there is no overhead label at the 6 o'clock position, and this hour is indicated by a tiny printed dot and, alas, it is a less successful landmark.
But in the "6 o'clock" position there is a second subciferblat decorated with carvings in the form of thin concentric lines, a blued second hand and a 5-second marking.
It was on the example of NOMOS Orion that I began to understand why other manufacturers assign small seconds only the role of a clockwork indicator. Yes, because when determining the time, the eye is extremely weakly focused on the readings of seconds, focusing primarily on the minute and hour hands. Of course, in the case of the central second indicator, the situation looks somewhat different.