The NOMOS Glashütte Tangente 38 is slightly larger sized version of its core model, the Tangente. The 38mm version, compared to the standard 35mm case, gives it just enough size to make it less dainty and thereby a more versatile dress watch.
Fortunately, NOMOS knows how to do minimalist design and still inject a playful feel. The Tangente features NOMOS’ in-house manual wind movement, the Alpha. The case is only 6.75mm thick so, the proportions are slim and, of course, fit easily under a shirt cuff. (Although for many of us Rolex sport model lovers, we just get an extra bit of material added to our left cuffs.)
The Bauhaus design won’t win originality contests, but that’s not the point of the Tangente. It’s all about the little details, such as the blue hands, which achieve its color through heat treating. The elegant dial, with Arabic numerals at 12, 2, 4, 8 and 10, is very legible and the small seconds hand is discreet and functional.
When we visited the NOMOS booth at Baselworld, my eyes still gravitated back to their most basic models such as the Tangente or its Roman numeral counterpart the Ludwig. There’s something so stripped down, that it makes for a perfect watch to wear when you don’t want to noticed for what’s on your wrist. Only careful observers will note its refined details.
For many us who are sport watch fanatics, the NOMOS Tangente is an excellent dressier watch to have in the stable. First of all, get the see-through caseback version and you’ll get some additional pleasure from seeing the movement. You have on a discreet pleasure of craftsmanship, a real watch lover’s watch. And part of watch collecting is a solo pursuit, just knowing what’s strapped to your body is a mechanical marvel that happens to look sharp too.