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Watchmakers in Glashütte have been crafting precision timepieces since 1845. NOMOS Glashütte is celebrating this anniversary with three special editions of its classic watch Ludwig. Each of the three models—with handwound caliber, neomatik caliber, or neomatik date caliber—is being manufactured in a limited edition of 175 pieces adjusted according to chronometer standards.
In a new special edition celebrating 175 years of the watchmaker’s art in Glashütte, Ludwig takes classicism a tick further: The Roman numerals on its enamel-white dial are complemented by blue-tempered leaf hands and a railroad track minute scale; engraved on the caseback of sapphire glass is a limited edition marking and the words “175 Years Watchmaking Glashütte.”
Three special anniversary models, three handcrafted movements: inside these watches ticks the tried and true handwound movement Alpha, the self-winding neomatik movement DUW 3001, or the neomatik date movement DUW 6101 — the automatic versions also featuring the NOMOS swing system. All three movements, manufactured in-house in Glashütte, are reliable pacesetters—and are regulated according to chronometer standards.
The NOMOS Ludwig 175 Years Watchmaking Glashütte are available for pre-order at our partner Ace Jewelers:
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.
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!
GLASHÜTTE, FEBRUARY 2020. Ode to Joy, Immortal Beloved, Fidelio, Divine Spark: These are the names of the four new versions of Tetra, the classic square watch model from NOMOS Glashütte.
A multiple prizewinner and one of the most renowned mechanical watches “Made in Germany,” NOMOS Tetra is now available in four beautiful colors: copper for Tetra Götterfunken (Divine Spark), olive green for Tetra Ode an die Freude (Ode to Joy), turquoise for Tetra Unsterbliche Geliebte (Immortal Beloved), and dark blue for Tetra Fidelio. All four are powered by the NOMOS manual caliber Alpha, the tried-and-tested mechanical movement that powers many of the manual watches from NOMOS Glashütte. It can be seen at work through the sapphire crystal glass backs.
Together, they make for an exceptionally harmonious quartet. And their names? They pay tribute to a man that—like NOMOS and Glashütte—represents Made in Germany at its best, an obsession with quality, and timeless classics: Ludwig van Beethoven.
Fall 2020 will mark the 250th birthday of the renowned classical composer. That means that his compositions are even older than the watchmaking traditions of Glashütte, which will be celebrating their 175th anniversary this year. This is where NOMOS, one of only a handful of owner-operated watchmaking companies worldwide, crafts fine mechanical timepieces. German engineering skill, outstanding product design (in the traditions of Bauhaus and the Deutscher Werkbund), and above all Glashütte watchmaking craftsmanship—thanks to these three aspects, NOMOS watches are of the highest quality in every respect. To date, they have been awarded about 150 prizes for design, quality, and value-for-money.
Colorful Tetra series also enjoy a long tradition at NOMOS Glashütte: These women’s watches have been made in contemporary yet classic colors for many years. Only available for a limited time, they become desirable pieces of jewelry and collectors’ items.