Nomos Glashütte Tangente Sport Neomatik 42 Date: Coming Out Large
Since Nomos was founded in the watch metropolis of Glashütte, Germany more than 25 years ago, the Tangente – one of the brand’s four original timepieces from 1992 – has been the supernova of the collection. And it didn’t become the shooting star over time; this classic was an immediate hit from day one.
Almost synonymous with the brand name, the Tangente is for Nomos what the Royal Oak is for Audemars Piguet and the Daytona for Rolex because it successfully combines all the sophisticated features watch enthusiasts appreciate about the German brand: classic simplicity, straightforward design, and top-notch mechanics with a very competitive starting price under €2,000.
Inspired by the Bauhaus school of design, which celebrates its centennial anniversary in 2019, the Tangente is a picture-perfect example of a true design watch. The original well-balanced, clean dial with five numerals, slim hands in expressive “cornflower blue,” and subsidiary seconds at 6 o’clock offered distinctive yet timeless design.
And the Tangente’s slim bezel and low case height cater to men and women alike.
Based on this successful formula, a host of Tangente timepieces have been introduced in a range of styles to please diverse tastes over the last 25 years.
While the original Tangente with a case diameter of 35 mm and a modest height of 6.2 mm was equipped with ETA’s Peseux 7001, from 2005 onward it only ran on the manufacture’s first in-house movement, manual-winding Caliber Alpha.
Today the Tangente collection offers 22 models powered by various automatic and hand-wound movements that include functions like date and power reserve.
And there is a muted rainbow of stunning color options for the dials such as champagne, midnight blue, and ruthenium.
All of these Tangente variations have stayed pretty much on the elegant side, making it a timepiece you would not necessarily use for sports or in outdoor settings.
Nomos Glashütte rides the sports watch wave with the new Tangente Sport neomatik 42 date
As part of the new lineup for 2019, Nomos Glashütte introduced the Tangente Sport neomatik 42 date at Baselworld 2019.
With an impressive water resistance of 300 meters (1,000 feet), a screw-down crown, and the brand’s first metal bracelet, this new Tangente proves to be a “good sport” (get it?).
Super-LumiNova on hour markers and hands allows for great readability at night or underwater. However, the lack of a diver’s bezel highlights the fact that it is not a classic diver’s watch.
However, thanks to its sporty features and bold size of 42 mm, it makes for a classy tool watch for every day and should certainly be up to any task on the field and in the great outdoors.
Nomos Glashütte Tangente Sport neomatik 42 date’s inner values
At Nomos Glashütte, the mechanics are as important as the aesthetics. And so this watch is a prime example when it comes to the in-house production of premium movements. Let’s dive into the inner workings, which are revealed through a sapphire crystal case back.
The Tangente Sport neomatik 42 with date indication at 3 o’clock is powered by the automatic DUW 6101 movement. Because of the bespoke nature of this caliber and the brand’s eye for detail, the date is precisely where it should be on the edge of the dial despite the watch’s relatively large diameter of 42 mm.
This is not only unusual; it is exceptionally pleasing.
Thanks to the date ring encircling the movement, we are treated to a particularly large indication too. The brand maintains the date window can be about three times larger than a conventional date window.
Additionally, due to a sliding lever unique to Nomos Glashütte’s automatic movements, the Tangente Sport is the first of the brand’s watches to contain three crown positions – and the date can be set forward or backward.
The movement, only 3.6 mm in height, features the brand’s proprietary escapement called the Swing System (first seen in 2014’s Metro), recognizable by its tempered blue balance spring. Not to be missed are the other typical characteristics of the movement such as the Glashütte-style three-quarter plate and high-end finishing à la Nomos including Glashütte ribbing, Nomos perlage, and tempered blue screws.
The Tangente Sport neomatik 42 date’s dial is available in two dial colors: a silvered white with sand-colored hour indexes and light blue hands and a “marine black” with light blue hour indexes and numerals and sand-colored hands. Both offer the beloved Tangente look, but naturally with a sportier, fresher twist.
With a penchant for dark-colored watches, the latter is my favorite.
For more information, please go to www.nomos-glashuette.com/en/watches/new-releases/sport.
Quick Facts Tangente Sport neomatik 42 date
Case: 42 x 10.9 mm, stainless steel, water resistant to 300 meters
Movement: automatic Caliber DUW 6101 with Swing System escapement, ultra thin, 3 Hz/21,600 vph frequency, power reserve 42 hours
Functions: hours, minutes, (hacking) seconds; date