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New: Ace x NOMOS Tangente 38 Amsterdam Limited Edition

Ace Jewelers introduces the NOMOS Tangente 38 Amsterdam, a limited edition of 45 pieces.

Earlier this week, we introduced the NOMOS Tangente 38 Amsterdam over at Ace Jewelers, our mothership. It’s the third watch in our ongoing Amsterdam series, and our fourth limited edition NOMOS in total – the first being the funky Orion 100 Years De Stijl. In this post I’d like to give a glimpse behind the scenes of its conception.

If you mention NOMOS’ watches to anyone with even the slightest interest in watches, the first model that springs to mind is the Tangente. Without any doubt it’s their most emblematic watch – in fact, NOMOS refers to it as ‘the archetypal NOMOS watch’. Yet, three limited editions in, we hadn’t touched upon this timeless classic. Well, there’s no escaping it now – our fourth would have to be a Tangente.

Now, this is where it gets hard. I know the word icon gets thrown around a lot, but as far as I’m concerned in case of the Tangente it’s warranted. And how do you improve upon an icon? How do you add your own character whilst respecting the original design? There’ve been a lot of limited edition Tangente models over the years, especially in the first decade of the 2000’s. Some of them I’d consider a success, others not so much. Many times with just a dash of colour, or a retailers name replacing the signature, whilst others featured more elaborate changes to the design.

One thing we didn’t want to deviate from was our Amsterdam-theme. We had done two Amsterdam NOMOS before, and to make it a proper series we felt we needed at least three. So this would have to be a Tangente Amsterdam, meaning dressed in the colors black, white and red. We’re getting somewhere here.

But how to incorporate these colours and make the watch stand out? Dark dial, white print, red seconds hand? Meh… But it suddenly hit me. One of my favourite releases of the past few years has been the Tangente 100 Jahre Bauhaus. Here the Tangente features an additional design element in the form of a contrasting minute track. It didn’t take long to put together a couple of design proposals based on the Bauhaus design, using the color codes of the Amsterdam series.

We sent them in to the NOMOS design team and it all went fast from there. NOMOS liked our proposals, sent back with their favourite with only a minor addition in the form of the XXX’s at 6:00, we approved (or rather, we were IN LOVE!). Fast-forward a couple months and here’s the prototype. WOW – it works even better in real life!

I must admit I never saw the Tangente as a watch for myself, although I greatly admired its design. Well, no longer. Although our prototype doesn’t run and I’m working from home (which might or might not be ‘dressed’ in my swimming trunks), I’ve been prancing around with it for a couple of days now – and yes, I’ll have mine – lucky #13 please ! It’s a proper stunner, full of character, powerful yet subtle and delicate. I simply love it.

The Ace x NOMOS Tangente 38 Amsterdam is available exclusively at Ace Jewelers.

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new: NOMOS Tangente Antoine de Macedo Saint-Germain Paris

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.

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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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in our studio: NOMOS Tangente 33 duo

The NOMOS duo collection was launched at BaselWorld 2019 and earlier this week the first piece made its way to our parts – the Tangente. Of course I had to take a quick snap.

I love the Duo collection. The watches exude an air of calmness and elegance. The omission of the small seconds make it hard to get an idea of the size though. I’m not at all afraid to wear smaller watches, but at 33mm this Tangente is pushing it… Bummer! Please NOMOS – do one in 35.

The Tangente 33 duo is available at Ace Jewelers with either closed or see-through case back.

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press release: iF Design Award for Tangente Update

Tangente, the iconic timepiece from NOMOS Glashütte, secures yet another prize: Its newly innovated date ring is an “outstanding design achievement

GLASHÜTTE/BERLIN, FEBRUARY 2019. The iF Design Award is one of the most important design prizes in the world. This year in Hamburg, it was given to Tangente neomatik 41 Update from NOMOS Glashütte.

This new model is based on a classic that is now over 25 years old: Tangente. In 2018, Tangente received a new date ring. Placed on the outer edge of the dial, it displays the entire month at a glance. With this automatic watch developed in-house (design: Michael Paul), NOMOS Glashütte achieved something that happens very rarely in the watch industry: a technical as well as a design innovation.

Only shortly after its release, this is already the second international prize for TangenteUpdate: The same model was awarded the Challenge Watch Prize for its technical and 2/2watchmaking feats at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève in November. This latest iF award is the fourth in a row for the Glashütte watchmaking company: Before Tangente Update, NOMOS models Minimatik (2016), Tangente neomatik midnight blue (2017), and Metro neomatik 39 silvercut (2018) also received awards.