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.
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.