For Baselworld 2018, Nomos unveiled their Neomatik classics: Orion, Tangente and Ludwig, updated.
Each of them features now a new unique tailor-made date display. This playful innovation showcases the watchmaking skills of Nomos Glashütte and we couldn’t resist putting our hands on the intriguing Tangente Neomatik Update. In this post we will briefly go over the basics of this watch!
The bipartite stainless steel case has a diameter of 40.5 mm, is 7.9 mm high and weighs 58 g. We measured the lug-to-lug distance: +/- 48.2mm. It features a sapphire crystal glass with anti-reflective coating. Regarding the water resistance, the watch is suitable for showering (5 ATM).
The dial is galvanized and white silver-plated with a playful Date ring. Two red dots highlights today’s date. The hands are oxidized black.
This automatic watch features Nomos’ in-house built caliber : DUW 6101. The movement diameter is 15 ½ lines (35.2mm) with a height of 3.6mm. The power reserve is up to 42 hours. It is The first neomatik caliber with a date mechanism. Rob Nudds gave us all the ins and outs of this movement in a guest post, which you’ll find right here.
The watch comes with a Horween Genuine Shell Cordovan black strap with a lug width of 20mm. It is fitted with their winged buckle in 18mm. The folding clasp is optional – but available HERE.
What do I think about this watch?
The circular date is very original and add a fun twist to the minimalist design of the Tangente. The touch of red is also very welcome on such a refined and neutral dial.
However, the 40.5mm diameter of the watch makes it difficult for a women to wear it. Even if oversized watches can look amazing on female wrists, I think this one is just not flattering [sorry ladies]. The lines are just too hard, and the lugs too long. It looked amazing on Dale’s wrist though; here it sat much more naturally and can be combined with many outfits.
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For Baselworld 2018, Nomos just unveiled their new delicacies: The Petit Four series. The Nomos classic Tetra in 4 new colors: Tetra Pearl, Tetra Azure, Tetra Matcha and Tetra Grenadine.
The Tetra Pearl features golden hands, the finishing touch to its powdery pink dial. They are accompanied by indexes in violet; “if this Tetra were placed in the window of a Parisian pâtisserie, it would be long gone” – according to Nomos. The slender case is featured with a velour leather strap.
The blue “azure” color of the dial is supposed to remind you of a clear summer sky. An ode to the beautiful days that should come soon in Europe. A very contemporary and poetic model that features green hands and grey indexes.
Tetra Matcha is undoubtedly eye-catching. The light green dial adds a fresh touch to the watch. The watch features silver hands and deep blue indexes.
Tetra Grenadine is inspired by pomegranates. The fruity bold red color of the dial makes it a noticeable watch. The watch is dressed with dark red indexes and golden hands.
Within the four new versions of the NOMOS classic Tetra: the NOMOS hand-wound caliber Alpha. The Alpha caliber is NOMOS Glashütte’s highly acclaimed classic. It was their first movement and the one that ticks inside Tangente, Ludwig, Tetra, Orion, Club and all the watches in their 33 series.
Without falling in the trap of cliché, the Petit Four series seem to target a female audience, even if their style is versatile. We have to admit that we found these watches very sweet. The colors are quite entertaining and, of course, it looks delicious. Maybe we would have appreciated a smaller size than the classic 29.5mm square Tetra that would better fit the name and the atmosphere of the collection. In the end, Nomos proved once again their limitless creativity with these fresh new limited editions.
Stay tuned for other Baselworld novelties and bon appétit!
More details (Tetra Pearl)
stainless steel, bipartite
sapphire crystal glass back
sapphire crystal glass
size 29.5 mm x 29.5 mm
height 6.5 mm
weight 36 g
3 atm (splash-proof)
gold-plated, seconds hand dark red
Velour leather gray
lug width 18mm
Nomos just won another iF Design Award this year, honoring the design of the Metro. Each year, iF International Forum Design GmbH organizes one of the world’s most celebrated design competitions: the iF Design Award. With over 5,000 submissions from 70 countries every year, the competition became a symbol of design excellence and Nomos can now add a prestigious 7th Award to their collection.
About the International Forum Design
The iF has been honoring outstanding achievements in design for over 60 years and is one of the oldest and most respected prizes in the industry.
In 1953, to overcome the bad effects of World War II, a group of industry representatives met with the Hannover Trade Fair company. Their aim was to draw attention to particularly well-designed industrial products. They wanted to communicate the importance of design and all it can achieve: for users, for brands and for societies.
Since 1953, iF is following six core principles:
– To identify, support and promote good design
– To raise awareness of design among the public and the role it plays in our lives
– To help companies integrate design into their long-term strategies
– To safeguard the role of professional designer and boost awareness for this job profile
– To effect social change through design
– To support talented young people and create a public platform for young designers
The red iF logo became afterwards a symbol of design excellence and great achievement for the brands and designers. The iF main project is the organization of their two competitions :
– The iF Design Award for professionals.
– The iF Design Talent Award for students, a free competition to support young designers.
The iF Design Award competition
The iF Design award enables professionals from all over the world to compete in 7 different disciplines :
4. Interior Architecture
5. Professional Concept
6. Service Design / UX
Within every discipline can be found different categories. As for instance, 19 different categories are under “Product” including Watches & Jewelry.
Concerning the Jury and evaluation criteria, about 60 design-experts from over 20 countries evaluate according to 5 established criteria the award winners: Innovation and Elaboration, Functionality, Aesthetics, Responsibility and Positioning.
On 9 March 2018, the iF Design Award night was held at BMW Welt in Munich and the 75 best entries were rewarded with the iF gold award. 2,000 guests from 41 countries were there to celebrate the winners.
Regarding the benefits of the award winners, they can use the red iF label for as long as their award-winning product is on the market. They will also be featured in the iF World Design guide, on the iF design app and the award-winning design will be showcased in the iF design exhibition in Hamburg in March, June and October.
The Metro neomatik 39 silvercut design: 7th Award for Nomos!
NOMOS Glashütte has been honored once again for their watch design : an iF Design Award for the seventh time in succession for Metro neomatik 39 silvercut.
The expert jury selected this year the bestselling NOMOS timepiece, which is equipped with the proprietary automatic movement DUW 3001.
It’s also the celebration of the German designer Mark Braun, very proud of his achievement: “The tips of the hands resemble the Empire State Building in New York; the diamond knurling on the crown is a tribute to the watchmaking tools from Glashütte. The sapphire crystal glass is slightly curved, while the dial—brushed horizontally with an elegant, silver-gray finish—features fine detailing. Thanks to the in-house-built, automatic caliber DUW 3001, this timepiece is typically NOMOS: ultra thin and highly precise. ”.
Mark Braun is not a watch designer, he was noticed by the creative head of Nomos after having designing a collection of whisky bottles. Since then, the designer works closely with the brand on different projects in his Berlin-based studio.
NOMOS watches have received over 140 awards for design and quality, another one can be added on their list, proving once again their distinctive and successful approach on luxury timepieces.
Among the award- winning NOMOS watches: Tangente neomatik midnight blue won the famed prize last year; and before it, Minimatik in 2016. In the preceding years Metro (2015), Ahoi (2014), Tangomat GMT Plus (2013) and Zürich (2012) have been awarded the prize as well.
Despite of his German sounding name and good level in French, Felix Scholz was born and raised in Australia. The Australian watchfreak has been writing about watches for over nine years, having written for Hodinkee and Revolution before becoming the editor of Time+Tide, a watch media group in Australia.
I met Felix for the first time in Geneva during the SIHH two years ago and worked with him as an intern at Time+Tide’s headquarters, in the most liveable city, Melbourne.
Felix is mostly interested in what draws people to watches, and how people express their style through their wrists. It was also easy to notice that Felix has a great interest in Nomos and we were very curious about his personal opinion on the German brand. So now, let’s talk about watches!
How did you get to know about Nomos?
I guess I’ve been paying attention to Nomos since about 2006, 2007? I found out about them quite early on in my own ‘watch journey’. When I started paying attention to watches I was really into a lot of smaller, more affordable German brands. To my mind these makers offered something a bit different to the Swiss, and were quite good value. Flieger-style watches were quite popular then, so first seeing the clear, clean lines of Nomos really made an impression. The more I learned, the more impressed I was!
Nomos in 3 words?
There’s two words I’m going to avoid — the ‘m’ word and the ‘b’ word. Minimal and Bauhaus. Just because they’re over-used and Nomos isn’t *really* Bauhaus. So. Three words. Clean, self-assured and playful.
What is your favorite Nomos watch and why?
Ah, it’s like picking your favourite movie or book — impossible! Having said that, I have a soft spot for the classic Clubs (see below). I really like the boldness of the Lux, the classicism of the Orion (doesn’t work on my wrist though, sadly), and the Ahoi — such an original take on a sports/dive watch.
Are you owning a Nomos watch? If so, which one(s) and what do you like about it/them?
I do own a Nomos! Only one, a Club Automat. I’m fond of this watch for a few reasons — but mostly because it arrived in the post the day before my son was born. For that reason it’s one of the few that I would never sell. Sentimental reasons aside, I like this version because I find the auto a bit more practical than a manual wind, and the larger size works well for me too. Design-wise it’s clean and dressy, but not overly formal.. I like the 100m of water resistance, oh and the bright orange highlights. I guess I like everything about it really.
Which Nomos watch would you like to acquire in the future and why?
Another tricky question! I go through phases, but the one I settle on the most is the Ahoi. It suits my lifestyle, and I like the new fabric straps. And while there’s a few options I think I’d go for thew new neomatik — that movement is such an impressive achievement. Perhaps the Atlantik dial, to provide contrast to the Club.
What do you expect from Nomos at Baselworld this year and what are you hoping for?
Well, I did not see the Club re-vamp coming last year — that was a real surprise for me, as was the super bold use of colour. they haven’t done too much with their core, collection recently, so maybe some new dials and movement upgrades there? I would like to see a new small complication? A new, simpler dual time would be super cool.
May all your wishes come true! The countdown until Baselworld 2018 has just started and everyone is impatient and excited to see what Nomos will unveil this year. Minimatikal will be on the alert, stay tuned..!