Since it was first released in 1992, the Tangente has become something of an ambassador for the NOMOS brand. That’s why, save for the odd complication, they’ve kept it just the same. A masterpiece of simplicity that combines traditional craftsmanship with high-tech production, the Tangente 38 Datum is the essence of NOMOS Glashütte.
The well-rounded design of the stainless steel case is complemented by the white silver-plated dial with even-hour Bauhaus numerals rendered in black. Spaced by black indices, the time is measured by narrow steel blue hands. The NOMOS Tangente 38 Datum is made to be read at a glance or lovingly admired for as long you like.
Securing the NOMOS Tangente 38 Datum in place, the Berlin based design team has chosen a Horween Genuine Shell Cordovan leather strap in black from the manufacturers in Chicago. Naturally supple, this material hugs the wrist from the first day - so there’s no need to wear it in.
Complications by name, simple by nature. With an algorithm for success, whatever the incarnation, the NOMOS Tangente never strays far from the clean lines and right angles that make this watch a favorite.
Set into the face at 6 o’clock is a decentralized seconds dial with circular graining. Performing the single, distilled function of unbeatable timekeeping, it is the essence of the Tangente line and NOMOS Glashütte design through and through.
For those with other things on their mind: a long-distance date is included (so called because it’s clearly visible, even at a distance). To increase legibility, the edges of the window are slightly beveled, meaning the owner of this timepiece will never miss a birthday or an anniversary again.
NOMOS design starts from within. The Beta movement features a date complication constructed around the perimeter of the movement. Thanks to this, the Tangente 38 Datum keeps its slim profile. It’s also proprietary - meaning this award-winning balance of form and function can only be found in NOMOS wristwatches.
Housed inside is the Tangente 38 Datum: The β (Beta) NOMOS produced caliber with manual winding and date indicator. Built to Glashütte standards, when fully wound, this timepiece will never go out of date, or style.
NOMOS Glashütte doesn’t just produce all its own calibers; they also produce the majority of their components - by hand. That’s why NOMOS Glashütte shows just what it’s capable of with the sapphire crystal backing. Refined by experts, each tooth, spring, wheel, and screw are held in place under the rhodium-plated surface with fine Glashütte perlage, making the NOMOS Tangente 38 Datum a pleasure to observe.