It’s official: Platinum in the “Luxury Goods” category of the European Product Design Award goes to Tangente Update from NOMOS Glashütte. Already a best-selling timepiece since its debut last year, this is now the third international prize for Tangente Update—following the Challenge Watch Prize for its technical and watchmaking feats at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève and the iF Design Award.
Tangente, the iconic NOMOS model, has been a bestseller since its introduction over a quarter of a century ago. Its straightforward design, angular form, and unmistakable typography have now received a timely update as Tangente neomatik 41 Update. At just under 41 millimeters in diameter, this classic timepiece has grown considerably in size and yet remains exceptionally slender. The date ring encircles the dial and features two red markers which frame the current date—a solution as practical as it is playful. This type of date display is entirely new and exclusive to NOMOS Glashütte.
The European Product Design Award (ePDA) is bestowed annually by an independent jury of design experts. Celebrating beautifully designed products that make life easier, the selection criteria include innovation, aesthetics, functionality, and sustainability.
Glashütte, May 2019. Stainless steel, sapphire crystal glass, brass, and rubies: The watchmaking company NOMOS Glashütte has always placed a great deal of importance on using the best materials. And the brand’s sporty new models with bracelets, Tangente Sport and Club Sport, feature more of them than ever. The steel and glass in the cases are around 20 percent thicker in these watches—and the seals inside are thicker too. These models are water resistant to 1000 ft, which means they perform exceptionally on land as well. Outstanding robustness was the aim of our product designers and material experts—without compromising on elegance, of course. Here is a short overview of the materials used to make these miniature vaults, which protect the fine Glashütte craftsmanship within so securely.
The dials and calibers of the new watches are protected by a thick layer of domed glass. More specifically: pure synthetic sapphire crystal glass, which has a hardness rating of nine out of ten on the Mohs scale, making it one of the hardest and most resilient materials in the world—as hard as sapphire, in fact. Made using the Verneuil (or flame-fusion) process, it is created by heating and subsequently crystallizing aluminum oxide (also called alumina). With an anti-reflective coating on both sides, this glass affords the best readability for the wearer and helps ensure that the watch can withstand great pressure.
The cases and bracelets of the new NOMOS Sport watches are made from surgical steel: type 316L stainless steel, to be exact. This means they are extremely long-lasting and resilient—and, of course, corrosion-resistant. Also used in surgical instruments, there are practically no known allergies to this material—which is important, since the watch is worn directly next to the skin.
The new stainless steel case was subject to a rigorous waterproofness test according to the “condensation principle.” The result? It withstands more than 30 bar, meaning it could easily take the weight of a thoroughbred Arabian horse in its stride. Flying over the handlebars of a mountain bike, a rocky landing while kitesurfing—no problem, at least for the watch!
The handmade Sport bracelet mentioned above is a true work of art: Featuring interlocking tongue and groove connections between the links, all the elements fit together seamlessly. This resilient bracelet brings noticeably more weight to the wrist, yet is still extremely comfortable to wear. NOMOS Glashütte sent the Sport bracelet to Switzerland for a series of exacting tests, which it passed with flying colors. Massive forces were exerted on the bracelet and its new stainless steel clasp in tens of thousands of stress cycles. Conclusion: This Glashütte beauty is indestructible.
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GLASHÜTTE, MARCH 2019. Tangente, Orion, Ludwig, Tetra are the four classics that NOMOS Glashütte started with more than a quarter of a century ago. Now, there are new versions of these watches designed to embody the Bauhaus movement. Conceived for more delicate wrists, these models measure 33 millimeters in diameter (Tetra side length: 27 milli-meters). But this time they feature only two hands—hence “duo.” After all, sometimes it’s better to keep things simple. It goes without saying that these hand-wound watches contain a fine Glashütte caliber, meaning they are highly precise. Inside, Alpha.2 is at work: an adaptation of NOMOS’ most manufactured caliber.
The case of the four new watches is made of stainless steel, the dials are white silver-plated, as with other NOMOS classics. This silver case is complemented by golden hands, which makes this watch an ideal companion to jewelry. The mocha-brown typography is almost black, but softer, and the beige velour leather strap is also more delicate thanthe classic Shell Cordovan. A personalized engraving on the stainless steel back is the finishing touch—available on request.
R emoving the complication of the small seconds also means a reduction in price: Tangente, Ludwig, Tetra and Orion duo will make perfect presents, and are wonderful small pleasures from Glashütte. Available from April at Ace Jewelers.
More than just a sporty makeover for a NOMOS classic: Beautiful and incredibly comfortable to wear, this neomatik watch with a bracelet is water-resistant to 1000 feet—and excels in grueling stress tests.
GLASHÜTTE, MARCH 2019. A shining icon: Tangente Sport, or to use its full name, Tangente Sport neomatik 42 date is the first NOMOS watch designed especially with a bracelet. Tangente Sport and its sibling, the classic model Tangente—a NOMOS bestseller for over 25 years that has often been dubbed a “Bauhaus watch”—share a lot of qualities: the straightforward case, the striking typography, and being the embodiment of “form follows function.”
This NOMOS timepiece is making more of a splash than any previous one—and notjust because of its 42-millimeter diameter. The movement, the NOMOS neomatik date caliber (DUW 6101), is protected from shocks and water by its reinforced case, sealing,sapphire crystal glass back, and crown protection. Thanks to the slender neomatik caliber, Tangente Sport can be considered a small but perfectly proportioned vault. The slender movement within saves ample space in height, meaning its extreme robustness is packed into a tight unit—as is its notable water resistance: 1000 feet, which is also noted on the dial.
Tangente Sport comes in two colorways: classic white silver-plated and marine black. The extra color details in the latter allude to the deep ocean. The amount of superluminova on the dial and hands has been increased in both varieties, which means it glows longer in the dark—or underwater.
The strap on this new watch is also robust and long-lasting: The long sought-after NOMOS bracelet, consisting of 145 individual parts screwed together by hand, comes with the specially developed NOMOS deployant clasp. “Beside robustness and durability, we also paid particular attention to comfort,” says Heike Ahrendt. “And we achieved this: The strap is fantastic to wear. We found this particularly important with a watch of this weight.” The bracelet wasn’t just added to this sporty classic, but rather developed along with the watch from the very beginning. This creates a very fresh and harmonious NOMOS look.
The Tangente Sport will be available at Ace Jewelers from May.
A new Club—with a thirst for adventure: This large NOMOS watch is water resistant to 1000 feet, or 30 atm. Equipped with neomatik date caliber and a new bracelet, this watch is (not just) for sporty wrists.
GLASHÜTTE, MARCH 2019. This year, NOMOS Glashütte is making men happy with Club Sport, or to use its full name: Club Sport neomatik 42 date black—42 millimeters in diameter, innovative neomatik technology, just as innovative date, deep black dial. The striking digits, treated with superluminova for the best luminescence underwater, glow white. The dial is also inscribed with “1000 ft”—a reference to the watch’s diving capabilities, which of course also guarantees reliability on land.
This NOMOS timepiece is more robust than any before—and not just because of its 42-millimeter diameter. The movement, in-house caliber neomatik date (DUW 6101), is protected from shock, impact, and water by its extra-strong case, sealing, and sapphire crystal glass. Thanks to the slender neomatik caliber, the watch is like a small but perfectly proportioned vault. Its strength is packed into a tight unit, since the slender movement within saves ample space in height. Club Sport also ensures security with every detail: If the crown is not completely screwed in by the wearer, a red section of tube serves as a reminder.
The strap of the new watch is also particularly robust and long-lasting. The long sought- after NOMOS bracelet, consisting of 145 individual parts screwed together by hand, comes with the specially developed NOMOS deployant clasp. “Besides robustness and durability, we also paid particular attention to comfort,” says Heike Ahrendt. “And we achieved this: The strap is fantastic to wear. We found this particularly important with a watch of this weight.”
The Club Sport will be available at Ace Jewelers starting May.