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.
Campus is growing, with three brand-new watches joining the series.
It began two years ago with “The Graduate’s Club”—and now we are building on the success of these beautiful hand-wound versions of the classic NOMOS model Club. The new additions have an automatic movement and, for the very first time at NOMOS Glashütte, a bracelet as well.
The new timepieces
These neomatik models in the Campus series are based on our classic Club design, which sports a youthful and robust case. The dial, which comes in light and dark versions, bears a unique combination of Roman and Arabic numerals. Thanks to the new and innovative neomatik caliber inside these watches, DUW 3001, they are well-proportioned, highly precise—and yet remain surprisingly affordable. Automatic timepieces with in-house built calibers have never been seen before in this price range. Another first: the new NOMOS bracelet made of stainless steel.
The Jubilee is another bracelet that came with the lot I bought a while back. The style was introduced in 1945. It was created by Gay Freres for Rolex in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the latter, arguably as a more streamlined version of the earlier beads-of-rice bracelet.
Sadly my bracelet is not made by Gay Freres (unlike the Bonklip), but rather by ROWI, a manufacturer based in Pforzheim, Germany. Though it looks good in the pic I took it off right after, as it was a bit too long and I didn’t want to go to the trouble of removing any links.
A little over a month ago I posted a picture of my NOMOS Club fitted with a vintage Gay Freres Bonklip-style bracelet. Yesterday I fitted another one, this time a vintage expandable Oyster-ish bracelet by Expandro.
When I first my NOMOS x Bonklip post, I thought I’d keep the Club on that bracelet for a day or two. I can now report that this was most certainly not the case, as I kept it on and wore it for one month straight. The mid-century look & feel greatly quite a bit, and I began to keep an eye open to other vintage bracelets.
Two weeks back I was negotiating with the seller of a LIP Himalaya, and in the process I discovered he also had a lot of some 80 vintage bracelets for sale, which he’d include for a modest premium. I quickly agreed and received my 2.5kg package a few days later. After a first sift I deemed about half of them to be in usable condition, and over the next couple of days I thoroughly cleaned every single one of them. It’s not a very pleasant job!
Over the next couple of weeks I’ll try to post a few of them here on minimatikal. First up is this expandable bracelet by Expandro, with 18mm straight end pieces and 16mm Oyster-like links. Suddenly the Club feels like a funky modern version of the Rolex Bubbleback. I like it!