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hands-on – @nomiesforlife’s Tangente Sport ‘Jump’

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!

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press release: For its new Sport watches, NOMOS Glashütte uses the best materials on Earth.

Craftsmanship encased in a miniature stainless steel vault and extra-thick sapphire crystal glass: Club Sport. All the new Sport watches from NOMOS Glashütte are water resistant to 1000 ft.

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.

Only a diamond is harder: the sapphire crystal glass in Tangente Sport. It is around 20 percent thicker than in any other watch from the brand.

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 new watches are hermetically sealed—also thanks to their screw-down crown. When pulled out in Club Sport, the red hazard ring is revealed on the crown stem, which alerts the wearer to the fact that it is not screwed in fully.

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 NOMOS Sport bracelet is robust, long-lasting—and fits every wrist, as the individual links can easily be added and removed.

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!

An essential part that is all too rarely spoken about in the context of watches and their straps: the beautiful deployant clasp.

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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press release: the new Tangente Sport

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.