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press release: An iconic timepiece with festive spirit: Tangente midnight blue

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.

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new: NOMOS Club Campus Neomatik Carolina Watch Club

Words & Images by Carolina Watch Club

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!

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new: NOMOS Zürich Weltzeit Amsterdam

Introducing the NOMOS Zürich Weltzeit Amsterdam – a limited edition of 25 pieces created for Ace Jewelers of Amsterdam.

Friends – I am super excited to finally introduce you to the latest limited edition of Ace Jewelers: the Zürich Weltzeit Amsterdam! You may know that Minimatikal is part of Ace Jewelers. It’s like our little online NOMOS boutique. Or flagship store. Anyway, as such I’ve been closely involved with this project. It’s the third limited edition we’ve done with NOMOS and the second in the ‘Amsterdam’ sub-series.

This time we went with the Zürich Weltzeit as a base model. It’s NOMOS most complicated watch and one that I’ve written about on this blog once or twice. In its standard configuration the Weltzeit exists in either silver or blue. Other variations have been made, like the porcelain-like white of Topper Jewelers and the rose-colored ‘Red Dot’ of The Hour Glass. Never has the Zürich Weltzeit been done in black though. And that’s exactly what we’ve done!

The black dial is unique already, but we’ve added a few other subtle touches that truly make this an ‘Amsterdam’ edition. GMT+1 is now Amsterdam rather than Berlin – in bright red too – and the little home icon normally found at 3:00 is replaced by the flag of Amsterdam. Finally, the crown is engraved with the three Amsterdam crosses (like on our Club Campus Amsterdam) while the case back is engraved with ZÜRICH LIMITED EDITION AMSTERDAM FOR ACE JEWELERS X/25. Yes, 25 pieces only!

The NOMOS Zuerich Weltzeit Amsterdam is available at Ace Jewelers and in our own shop.

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press release: 250 Glashütte watches for Doctors Without Borders Germany

NOMOS Glashütte is releasing another new limited special-edition in support of emergency aid—for the first time with its automatic model Tangomat

GLASHÜTTE, OCTOBER 2019. A red twelve on the otherwise straightforward dial—the latest NOMOS model for Doctors Without Borders (MSF) also bears this unmistakable symbol that has come to be associated with watches that help provide aid. The cooperation between watchmaking company NOMOS Glashütte and this Nobel Prize-winning organization began in 2012. Tangomat für Ärzte ohne Grenzen Deutschland is the eleventh model that NOMOS Glashütte has produced in support of emergency aid. An imposing watch with a 38-millimeter diameter, it is also a classic model from the watchmaking company. Ticking within is the in-house built automatic caliber DUW 5001, while the metal bracelet wears with the utmost comfort and rounds off the robust appeal of this timepiece.

250 euros from each sale goes directly to Ärzte ohne Grenzen (the section of MSF in Germany). This is how a single watch can support the treatment of 1,470 children against malaria, secure enough anesthesia for ten operations, or provide 450 people with three months’ worth of vital medicine. Despite its fine metal bracelet, and even though it is a limited edition, this version of Tangomat is available for exactly the same price as the standard model, which comes with a leather strap.

So, better times for NOMOS wearers and for people who are in need: “When it comes to brand cooperations, it is very important for Doctors Without Borders that certain principles and values are mutual. The cooperation with NOMOS Glashütte is regarded with conviction by both sides,” says Florian Westphal, General Director for MSF Germany: “Together, NOMOS Glashütte and Doctors Without Borders are saving lives.

This special-edition model, limited to 250 watches, is now available at select retailers across Europe.

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press release: A classic in color: Tetra plum

GLASHÜTTE, OCTOBER 2019. Introducing a brand-new timepiece from NOMOS Glashütte that is not afraid to make a statement: Tetra plum. It features a rich purple dial that pays tribute to nature’s bounty. After blossoming in springtime and ripening over a long, hot summer, by early fall the harvest is ready to be enjoyed—apples and apricots, cherries, peaches, pears, and, of course, plums. This appealing timepiece looks good enough to eat, with silver accents on the numerals, indexes, and hands adding a sophisticated touch.

Measuring 29.5 by 29.5 millimeters, Tetra plum has a character all of its own—and additional functionality. The eye-catching complication between twelve and one o’clock is a power reserve indicator, reminding the wearer when it is time to wind the watch. Tetra plum is powered by the hand-wound NOMOS caliber DUW 4301, which also features the NOMOS swing system—itself a fruit of many years of labor. This proprietary escapement is designed and developed in-house, which is an exceptional achievement in the watchmaking world. Having this technological capability allows NOMOS to ensure the quality of its calibers—and the reliability of its watches.

Tetra plum may be brand new, but the Tetra model from NOMOS Glashütte is a classic design. Known for its square case and angular typography, Tetra has been part of the NOMOS collection for over 25 years. It is incredibly thin for a mechanical watch, with lugs that are almost delicate—which is why they are doubled. The round sub-seconds dial adds a contrasting touch to the clean-cut corners found elsewhere in Tetra. The overall aesthetic is harmonious and modern, with a timeless elegance that suits a wide range of wrists. Tetra plum will be available at selected retailers from October.