The Tangente represents Nomos' success more than any other model. This sleekly designed watch, inspired by the Bauhaus style of the 1920s, is not only the original Nomos watch, but it is also their best seller.
In the world of geometry, Tangente, the German word for tangent, refers to a straight line meeting a certain point on a curve. This mathematical inspiration heavily influenced the Tangente's design. The watch served as a prototype for future models and still characterizes the Nomos image to this day.
The company, founded in January 1990, is still relatively young. Roland Schwertner, a German IT expert, founded it shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, but prior to German reunification. During this time of upheaval, Schwertner visited a relative in the tiny Saxon town of Glashütte in former East Germany. Shortly thereafter he relocated there in order to establish his watchmaking company. He picked that town specifically, as Glashütte had played an important role in German watchmaking since the 19th century. In the early days of the business, Nomos didn't even have their own phone. However, it only took a few years before the company was well-established and successful in the watchmaking scene - in large part due to the Tangente's success.
A Stylish Design for Men and Women
The manual winding Alpha caliber powers the standard versions of the Tangente. The movement is made in-house and features 17 rubies and Incabloc shock protection. The decentralized seconds, located above the six o'clock position, can be stopped in order to set the watch to the precise time. The automatic caliber DUW 3001 runs the Tangente Neomatik. It was introduced in 2015 and praised by the press for its remarkable 3.2 mm thinness. Once fully wound via the arm movement, it runs for at least 42 hours.
The choice of caliber for a given watch depends on whether there are date and power reserve indicators on the dial. The DUW 4401 movement has a date indicator at the six o'clock position and a small power reserve display window at the upper part of the dial. The disc in this window changes gradually from white to red as the spring loses tension. Other Tangente models feature either the date or power reserve indicator. Nomos offers this series in a variety of sizes, too. There are 33 mm, 35 mm, and 38 mm versions - a size for every male or female wrist. The case is made of stainless steel and a sapphire crystal back is available on request, which offers a view of the movement.
Limited Edition for Doctors Without Borders
Designer Susanne Günther is responsible for the Tangente's distinctive outer look. Her watch design has received countless awards and is considered a modern classic around the world. Function is purposefully emphasized, and the watch is read easily. Its simple, high-quality appearance became a blueprint for other Nomos watches. Closely related to the Tangente is the automatic Tangomat
. Nomos introduced it in 2005 as an alternative to the original, when the Tangente was still only offered as a manual watch. The dial and case of the Tangomat are a bit larger due to the Epsilon caliber, which has a diameter of 38.3 mm. Other popular Nomos models include the Metro
, the Orion
, and the Ahoi
. Each of these is a variation on the classic, pure Nomos style that the Tangente embodies.
Whoever is looking to do some good with their purchase of a Nomos Tangente need look no further than the Doctors Without Borders edition. A percentage of each sale goes to the organization, which was awarded the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize. These special edition Tangente models feature a red 12 hour marker, which reflects the Doctors Without Borders logo. A further mark of these watches is the inscription of the organization's name at the bottom of the dial.