Over the past two years, the watch market has grown and evolved. Consumer numbers have skyrocketed, and with this proliferation comes increased familiarity with signature models from major manufacturers. However, the collective attention of the horde horde remains mainly on sports models. With particular attention to watches intended for underwater pursuits, travel, or motorsports, the humble three-hand dress watch sits quietly in the background. The German manufacturer NOMOS Glashütte always seeks to bring such pieces to the fore. Now the introduction of its new platinum gray Tangente is sure to show the world why dress watches should share the limelight.
In 1990, NOMOS Glashütte was founded by Roland Schwertner. In the heart of the city of the same name, NOMOS began manufacturing dress watches with a subtle style and attention to detail. Over the past quarter of a century, NOMOS has grown in popularity and has subsequently become Germany’s largest manufacturer of mechanical watches. The Tangente has been a svelte member of the NOMOS line since the company’s inception. In fact, the Tangente was the first model introduced, and it remains as relevant and stylish today as it was 20 years ago. For the first time ever, it’s now available in a platinum gray colourway. This neutral coloring perfectly showcases the features that make this flagship favorite the watch that perfectly encapsulates the NOMOS design philosophy.
The platinum gray Tangente Neomatik is available in two sizes – 35mm and 39mm in diameter. This allows any interested party to find a size that fits the wrist perfectly. The case shape of the tangent is perfectly circular, and therefore devoid of angles. The horns, however, are quite thin and angular. The mix of organic and clean lines is the calling card of the Tangente. The angle of the legs, in particular, offers more than just visual interest. The downward trajectory of the lug ends ensures that they conform better to the shape of the wrist. External lug holes are also present for easy strap changes, which is fitting as this is a watch that will work well on a number of fabrics and textures.
The technical prowess of NOMOS is evident in the construction of the movement that animates the Tangente. The Neomatik DUW 3001 in-house caliber is an ultra-thin self-winding mechanical marvel. Measuring just 3.2mm high, it is regulated to consistently deliver a high level of accuracy. This is largely thanks to NOMOS’ in-house exhaust, the Swing System. Unveiled at Baselworld in 2014, the NOMOS swing system was the key to the company’s complete independence. Today, this movement equips the majority of models in their range. With a power reserve of up to 43 hours, this Tangente is sure to be ready for business whenever you reach for it.
For the first time in Tangente history, this particular iteration is available with a solid bottom. Given the visual appeal of the Neomatik movement, there is also an option for a sapphire crystal case back. The former represents an opportunity for savings as well as engraving, if you wish to add a personal touch. The stone-like texture of the platinum gray dial is achieved by NOMOS artisans through a rhodium plating process. The result is a slate hue that contrasts nicely with the signature Bauhaus aesthetic the brand is known for. The precise printing of numbers and letters all over the watch face further adds to the clean appearance. The running sub-seconds at six o’clock feature a concentric circular pattern. Several complementary colors are used for the typeface on the dial. The slender Arabic numerals are inky black, while the minutes on the outer track are coated in a deep gray. The only other color present is the gold “Neomatik” lettering, positioned just south of 12 o’clock.
There is a reason, in fact, a multitude of reasons, why the Tangente has stood the test of time. It is, at this point, synonymous with NOMOS. The option of two different case sizes, as well as case back options, allows consumers to tailor the watch to their needs. The somewhat spartan nature of the dial, combined with the thin outer bezel, allows for generous wrist presence for a watch of this size. The exclusive movement and ultra-slim profile ensure effortless portability in both casual and professional environments. The 35mm Tangente in Platinum Gray is priced at $3,070 with the solid background, while the display option will work US$3,460. For the same options in 39mm, the prices are $3,390 Where $3,780, respectively. If you’re looking for a totally in-house watch that’s sure to stand out from the crowd, take a look at NOMOS’ offerings and see what drives them.
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