In partnership with NOMOS Glashütte, we're exploring the world, watches and stories of the German brand , including the perfect first step for today's grads: the Club Campus.

Life is full of milestones - each an incremental step towards growth, both personal and professional. One such, celebrated by millions of (mostly) younger people each year, is that of graduation - that hat-flinging moment that signifies the transition from education to professional life. For many, it's also a de facto marker of growing up. And like all markers, it deserves a milestone.

Sure, you'll end up with a diploma -- which is all well and good -- but a piece of paper in a nice frame doesn't quite cut it as a suitable reward for years of hard work. And this year, when many unfortunately won't be able to attend a graduation ceremony and partake in the traditional hat-flinging, the need for finding another way to celebrate is even more relevant.

Which is wear a watch comes in. Watches have been used to mark special occasions for generations - it's hard to find something that so eloquently sums up the celebration of achievement, new beginnings and future potential as a timepiece. The watchmakers at NOMOS understand this, which is why they've designed a watch with this milestone in mind: the Club Campus. An evolved version of the brand's classic Club model , the Club Campus has a sporty, youthful, and even a little bit preppy personality. While anyone can wear it (of course), it's particularly well-suited for young professionals and those starting, and celebrating, something new. But we'll get to that in a minute.

First, let's talk about the watch itself -- which is, in fact, six watches. Three versions of the Club Campus feature the manually wound NOMOS Alpha caliber, while three more run on the innovative, slender neomatik DUW 3001 movement. These Glashütte-made mechanisms are protected in a hardy steel case - the manually wound version is water-resistant to 100m and the automatic up to 200m. Either way, this is a watch that has no reason to be afraid of getting wet. And because everyone's different, the Club Campus is offered in not one, but four case sizes: 36mm and 37mm on the smaller side, and 38.5mm or 39.5mm on the larger. No matter what the case size though, you can be assured that each and every one is perfectly proportioned.

Depending on the model, there's fine leather and hardy textile strap choices, or even a smart steel bracelet. The options don't end with the straps and case dimensions; NOMOS has pulled out all the stops when it comes to the dials. With a particularly smart combination of Roman and Arabic numerals, in silver or dark colors, there's a Club Campus geared to your particular style. As with all NOMOS watches, the details of these dials are revealed upon close inspection. Some models feature a vibrant orange seconds hand or a bright red minute track. Others boast lustrous rose gold hands. And all the Club Campus models enjoy a bright nightlife, thanks to the Super-LumiNova on the hands and hour markers. It's a watch that will be welcome in any office, whether the dress code is suit and tie or more casual.

For all the variety offered by the Club Campus, there are a few key commonalities. The first is that level of care, finish and reliability we've come to expect in all NOMOS watches. And, in a feature special to the Club Campus family is the stainless steel caseback -- perfect for engraving a heartfelt or celebratory message - which NOMOS will do free of charge. Because when you're looking to purchase a watch to mark a major milestone, it all comes down to the inscription.

That's partly what makes it such a fine choice as a gift for recent graduates or young professionals: this is a watch equipped to come with you on life's journey. The hands will faithfully display the time for years on end, while the case might earn some scratches on the way, or you might want to change up the strap. But those few simple words or that date engraved on the back will remain unchanged, a constant, close reminder of a special moment, and your achievements. Hanging a framed degree on the wall just doesn't have quite the same personal touch.

The other element that makes the Club Campus such an ideal graduation gift is its value. The level of Glashütte engineering and craft in these watches is impressive in its own right, but even more so at this price point. In the NOMOS family, the Club Campus is the brand's most accessible watch, as well as the most accessible neomatik movement. What's more, NOMOS' online store now allows you to pay in interest-free instalments - to help make purchasing that perfect graduation gift for a loved one a little bit easier, or for young grads looking to buy a gift for themselves. It's the perfect starting point for anyone about to enter the working world - and the world of fine timepieces.

So even if you won't be attending a ceremony in person this year, there's no reason you can't still celebrate accordingly, by congratulating the grad in your life with a Club Campus. In doing so, you're not just starting them out on the next chapter in their life on the right foot, you're also starting them on their very own NOMOS journey.

Have you celebrated a special occasion with a NOMOS? We'd love to hear about it. Share your own NOMOS story in the comments below, on the Watchuseek forums , or on social media (using #myNOMOS - and don't forget to tag @watchuseek). Then stay tuned for more NOMOS stories in the coming weeks.

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