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);
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.
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.
Introducing two new versions of the classic NOMOS watch model, handcrafted in Glashütte, Germany.
GLASHÜTTE, NOVEMBER 2019. Give a gift that lasts this holiday season—namely a fine mechanical timepiece that will bring joy all year round. Tangente, the iconic watch model from NOMOS Glashütte, is available in two brand-new versions, just in time for the festivities. Both are hand-wound and feature an elegant midnight blue dial for the very first time. One is a unisex 35 mm in diameter, while the other is a tick larger, at 38 mm. This pairing would be a wonderful present for a couple, although each watch has distinct charms that make it unique.
Tangente has become a design classic since its initial release over a quarter of a century ago. Its Bauhaus-inspired aesthetics are straightforward and angular, created according to the principle that “form follows function.” Subtle details are what reveal its charm. For example, gold accents provided by the hands and typography not only harmonize beautifully with the beige velour leather strap, but also give the smaller version of Tangente midnight blue an appealing warmth—and festive sparkle. By contrast, Tangente 38 midnight blue features exclusively silver hands and typography, which coordinate beautifully with the stainless steel case and anthracite velour leather strap. The metallic accents on both timepieces are framed by the deep blue of their dials.
Both of these fine mechanical timepieces are powered by the Alpha caliber, handcrafted by NOMOS in Glashütte. This highly precise hand-wound caliber is also wonderfully finished—with sunburst polishing on the ratchet wheel, Glashütte ribbing on the three-quarter plate, and perlage on the base plate, which can be enjoyed through the sapphire crystal glass back. These traditional features draw on a rich heritage: The town of Glashütte, tucked away in the hills of rural Saxony, is the ticking heart of German watchmaking. Famous around the world for its high-quality timepieces, it has flourished since German reunification in 1990—which also happens to be the year in which NOMOS was founded.
Last but certainly not least: Tangente midnight blue and Tangente 38 midnight blue are accessibly priced, making them an excellent choice for all those looking to give an extra-special gift this year. They are available with retailers and online now.
For those that don’t know who we are, just a quick introduction. Carolina Watch Club is just like any other watch collector/enthusiast club. I’ve often described it as a social club for people with a shared interest. It’s an excuse to hang out, drink some adult beverages, have some food and bond over a shared love of watches.
As the club has grown, we thought it naturally presented an avenue for us to pool the resources of a group that has some disposable income (almost a pre-requisite to collect watches) to give back to the community here in the Carolinas. At our holiday party last year, we were fortunate enough to have some local retailers (Windsor Jewelers and ECJ Luxe) donate some items and a member (Don Childress) build a watch, all of which we auctioned off and donated the proceeds to the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Windsor even matched our donation.
After Don built that watch, it started turning the gears in our heads – wouldn’t it be neat to partner with a watch company to do a limited edition watch for our club members and find a way to donate some of the proceeds to a local charity as well? We had reached out to a few brands, but many would require us to commit to a minimum of 100 pieces before they would do it which we thought would be a stretch given the size of our club. Nomos was always part of the short list because I love their classic designs and I know they’ve historically been supportive of charitable endeavors with, to my knowledge, their collaboration with the National Breast Cancer Foundation and Doctors Without Borders. I’m sure there are others I’m not aware of! Candidly, we also thought doing something like the Club Campus would be a good price point to sell enough of to make it worth their while too.
When the process started, Nomos had hinted to us that the Club Campus would be released with a Neomatik version for the first time this year. We thought it would be especially neat to do a limited edition in a model which is the first year that the model was available so that’s how we ended up on the Club Campus Neomatik. Then, they’ve helped to add just enough bits of color and design to the watch to make it uniquely “Carolina Watch Club” while preserving the traditional Nomos styling: the dial is color-matched to the blue of the North Carolina/South Carolina flags, the sub-seconds hand and the “Neomatik” text is matched to the red on the North Carolina flag, with the white sub-dial to tie them all the together; the bottom of the dial reads “Carolina Watch Club” where it would normally read “Made in Germany”; our club name is engraved on the back (with part of our logo used in the “W” of Carolina Watch Club); and in a very subtle detail, the crown has a brushed outline of the two states of North Carolina and South Carolina on it. We offered it in a limited production of 35 pieces exclusively to our club members first, with the intent to offer it publicly if any additional stock remain but right now that’s looking unlikely!
Last, we thought it was important for us not just to give to a charity, but one that was really locally-focused here to Charlotte and the Carolinas so we have partnered up with the Thomas Davis Defending Dreams Foundation. A former Carolina Panther football player, Thomas started the charity with the goal of providing middle school aged children (ages 12-14 roughly) from underprivileged areas with leadership training. It has since expanded to include food drives, holiday gift drives, and funding college scholarships for “graduates” of their programs that go on to college. We thought it more important to have a really focused local impact than to just be some additional dollars that funneled into a large national charity. The proceeds from the sale of the watches will be able to fund an individual college scholarship at the Defending Dreams Foundation offers. Now, someone will go to college that may not have been able to otherwise afford it and that means a ton to us. It would not have been possible without our partners in Windsor Jewelers and Nomos!