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New: Ace x NOMOS Tangente 38 Amsterdam Limited Edition

Ace Jewelers introduces the NOMOS Tangente 38 Amsterdam, a limited edition of 45 pieces.

Earlier this week, we introduced the NOMOS Tangente 38 Amsterdam over at Ace Jewelers, our mothership. It’s the third watch in our ongoing Amsterdam series, and our fourth limited edition NOMOS in total – the first being the funky Orion 100 Years De Stijl. In this post I’d like to give a glimpse behind the scenes of its conception.

If you mention NOMOS’ watches to anyone with even the slightest interest in watches, the first model that springs to mind is the Tangente. Without any doubt it’s their most emblematic watch – in fact, NOMOS refers to it as ‘the archetypal NOMOS watch’. Yet, three limited editions in, we hadn’t touched upon this timeless classic. Well, there’s no escaping it now – our fourth would have to be a Tangente.

Now, this is where it gets hard. I know the word icon gets thrown around a lot, but as far as I’m concerned in case of the Tangente it’s warranted. And how do you improve upon an icon? How do you add your own character whilst respecting the original design? There’ve been a lot of limited edition Tangente models over the years, especially in the first decade of the 2000’s. Some of them I’d consider a success, others not so much. Many times with just a dash of colour, or a retailers name replacing the signature, whilst others featured more elaborate changes to the design.

One thing we didn’t want to deviate from was our Amsterdam-theme. We had done two Amsterdam NOMOS before, and to make it a proper series we felt we needed at least three. So this would have to be a Tangente Amsterdam, meaning dressed in the colors black, white and red. We’re getting somewhere here.

But how to incorporate these colours and make the watch stand out? Dark dial, white print, red seconds hand? Meh… But it suddenly hit me. One of my favourite releases of the past few years has been the Tangente 100 Jahre Bauhaus. Here the Tangente features an additional design element in the form of a contrasting minute track. It didn’t take long to put together a couple of design proposals based on the Bauhaus design, using the color codes of the Amsterdam series.

We sent them in to the NOMOS design team and it all went fast from there. NOMOS liked our proposals, sent back with their favourite with only a minor addition in the form of the XXX’s at 6:00, we approved (or rather, we were IN LOVE!). Fast-forward a couple months and here’s the prototype. WOW – it works even better in real life!

I must admit I never saw the Tangente as a watch for myself, although I greatly admired its design. Well, no longer. Although our prototype doesn’t run and I’m working from home (which might or might not be ‘dressed’ in my swimming trunks), I’ve been prancing around with it for a couple of days now – and yes, I’ll have mine – lucky #13 please ! It’s a proper stunner, full of character, powerful yet subtle and delicate. I simply love it.

The Ace x NOMOS Tangente 38 Amsterdam is available exclusively at Ace Jewelers.

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hands-on – @nomiesforlife’s Tangente Sport ‘Jump’

One on the most prolific NOMOS collectors of the Netherlands is without any doubt my buddy Michiel of @nomiesforlife fame. Today I’d like to share a few pics and a bit of background information on his latest acquisition; a rare 2012 Tangente Sport ‘Jump’.

The Tangente Sport was introduced around 2001 as NOMOS’ first take on a sporty -or sportier?- watch. It featured a case slightly more robust and sturdy than the regular Tangente, with water resistance increased to a much appreciated 100 meters.

I am not entirely positive when the Tangente Sport was discontinued, but likely it was around the time of the introduction of the Ahoi in 2013. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if the ‘Jump’ was part of a final run of the Tangente Sport. It was released in 2012 alongside the ‘Skip’ and ‘Hop’ as part of the ongoing Wempe 100 project.

What’s with the weird names? Well, according to the original press release -which I’ve posted below- the ‘Hop’, ‘Skip’ and ‘Jump’ were made to mark the 2012 Olympic Summer Games. Their names reference the sequence of the Triple Jump, a track and field event that’s been part of both the ancient as well as the modern Olympics. Makes sense I guess? anyway, the watches look great.

Original press release:


FRI, OCT 12, 2012 15:56 CET- With the three new NOMOS sports models that will appear at the end of July to mark the Olympic Games, you’ll jump back and forth between them before deciding on one

Try a triple jump and take them all: in time for the Summer Games in London, NOMOS Glashütte has built three special sports models for the Wempe jewelry company—all of them fit to set records. Triple jump is also called hop, skip, and jump—three different jumps before landing in the sandpit. All three of these watches—each in a limited edition of 100—are perfect companions not only for sportiving [??? red.] activities. The new variants in the Wempe100 series provide a sporty flair even in a rough everyday life. For it’s no coincidence that the trio Tangente Sport Hop, Tangente Sport Skip, and Tangente Sport Jump (all based on NOMOS’ design classic Tangente Sport) all refer to the triple jump: with their shockproof stainless steel case, sapphire crystal (only a diamond is harder!), waterproof quality to 10 atm, and a reinforced strap made of Horween Shell Cordovan, the new models are prepared to set new world records. Thanks to the fluorescent material of the numerals and hands, they’re also good for activities at night: there is no overlooking the time on these watches. The Jump model—named for the third of  the three leaps—even shows its caliber through the sapphire crystal back.

And finally, the price demands sporty speed, too: we are asking 100 euros less than for the normal models, so you’ve got to be fast.

The Tangente Sport moniker was revived last year with the Tangente Sport neomatik update, whilst Hodinkee did a limited edition based on the original Tangente Sport template.

Thanks for sharing these great pics Michiel, enjoy your beautiful new NOMOS!

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2019 NOMOS Limited Edition

I need your help guys!

I thought it’d be fun to do a little poll on which limited launched in the past year is best. I’m still trying to figure out which plug-in or website works best for this, but in the meanwhile I have already compiled a list of limited edition NOMOS watches launched in 2019. But please do me a favor – please check to see if any are missing (all links to their respective WatchBase entries);

101.S17 Tangente Loki Schmidt

101.S18 Tangente Glück Auf

123.S10 Tangente 33 Four Seasons Fall / Akane

123.S11 Tangente 33 Four Seasons Spring / Enju

139.S18 Tangente 35 Four Seasons Fall / Akane

139.S19 Tangente 35 Four Seasons Winter / Yakusugi

139.S20 Tangente 35 Four Seasons Spring / Enju

139.S50 Tangente 35 Antoine de Macedo Saint-Germain Paris

140.S2 Tangente Neomatik 39 Ärzte ohne Grenzen

140.S3 Tangente Neomatik 39 Red Dot 2019 Commemorative Edition Salmon

140.S4 Tangente Neomatik 39 Red Dot 2019 Commemorative Edition Silver

140.S5 Tangente Neomatik 39 Red Dot 2019 Commemorative Edition Ruthenium

140.S6 Tangente Neomatik 39 Red Dot 2019 Commemorative Edition Blue

164.S13 Tangente 38 Four Seasons Summer / Ai

175.S2 Tangente Neomatik Ärzte ohne Grenzen

501.S6 Tangente Sport Hodinkee                                                       

601.S10 Tangomat A Century of Bauhaus Red

601.S11 Tangomat A Century of Bauhaus Blue

601.S12 Tangomat A Century of Bauhaus Yellow

601.S13 Tangomat für Ärzte ohne Grenzen

641.S1 Tangomat Glück Auf

708.S2 Club Campus 36 National Breast Cancer Foundation

736.S2 Club Campus 38 National Breast Cancer Foundation

737.RE Club Campus 38 Relojes Especiales (S1?)

737.S2 Club Campus 38 J9

772.S1 Club Automat Datum Troverie

805.S21 Zürich Weltzeit Amsterdam

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new: NOMOS Club Campus 38 J9

NOMOS, its Indian retail partner Ethos Watches and J9, an India-based group of watch collectors, have collaborated to produce the NOMOS Club Campus 38 J9, a limited edition of 25 pieces.

The J9 is a group of watch collectors that was founded in India in 2016, though members hail from other parts of the world such as the USA, Hong Kong, Italy and Canada as well. The NOMOS Club Campus 38 J9 is the first watch they commissioned as a group. The choice for NOMOS, only present in India since 2017, was obvious:

“We knew we wanted to work with a niche brand for our first group watch and Nomos was an easy choice because they are well-respected and loved by many of us for their signature designs and dedication to manufacturing mechanical movements in-house. They are, arguably, the best at playful elegance. This watch represents this very well and marks an important milestone for the Indian watch collector community.”

The Club Campus 38 J9 uses the reference 737 as a base model. It features several unique touches that are the result of the collaboration between the J9 crew and NOMOS – with the brand’s Indian retail partner Ethos Watches serving as the proud enabler.

Now carrying the reference number 737.S2, the Campus J9 features a ‘Siren White’ dial, a bright, glossy white previously exclusive to the neomatik-powered watches. The numerals on the minute track as well as on the small seconds sub dial are done in Devanagari, a script developed in ancient India that is one of the most adopted writing systems in the world. On the minute track they are done in bright orange, mimicking the color of the second hand. The crown has a unique etching of 9 in Devanagari – a nod to the name of the group for whom the watch was conceptualised. The watch comes is presented on Nomos’ light grey woven textile strap.

The NOMOS Club Campus 38 J9 737.S2 is not available publicly.

For more about J9, visit WatchTime. The crew can also be found on Instagram.

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new: NOMOS Tangente Antoine de Macedo Saint-Germain Paris

Antoine de Macedo jewelers of Saint-Germain, Paris introduces the Tangente 139.S50, a limited edition of 75 pieces.

Antoine de Macedo, Paris-based specialist in watches both new and vintage, just released a limited edition created in collaboration with NOMOS. It is based on NOMOS’ best-selling Tangente 139, but it features several touches that make it discretely stand out. All markings on the dial are done in blue, matching the blued pencil hands. At six o’clock the text AdM SAINT-GERMAIN reminds us of its raison d’être. It comes fitted on a special strap that has a slight blue hue.

As per the standard 139, the case on the AdM Saint Germain version measures in at 35mm. It is motivated by the hand-wound Alpha movement. Water-resistance is set at 30 meters.

More details on the Tangente AdM Saint-Germain over at ADM-Horloger.