On The Wrist: The NOMOS Tangente Neomatik 41 Update
Updated: Nov 22, 2019
By Daniel Yong
My size preferences for watches range from 35-40 mm, with the exception of divers and chronographs (if I ever wore one). Unlike a lot of you, I despise date windows. Just don’t ask, I’m not sure why or how I grew this hatred towards them. So when given the opportunity to capture the 2018 released Tangente Neomatik Update in person (shout out to NOMOS for kindly providing me with this opportunity), I predicted that I would not develop a connection with the watch. Unfortunately for my bank account, this was not the case. Read on to find out why!
Oh, how assumptions can be a dangerous thing. Blink once and the watch appears to be another variation from the Tangente family. However, pay attention to the dial and you would notice straight away that on the outer edges lies an innovative design not yet seen from other manufacturers. NOMOS has now incorporated a new way to tell the date that is so damn cool that I myself want one. There are beautifully cut frames that allow for two red markers to indicate the date. So how did this design come to be? According to NOMOS, and I agree, the typography of the hour markers are already perfect the way they are, so why the heck would you want to ruin a good thing? Side note, I do wish other brands would follow this approach as placing a date windows awkwardly could potentially ruin a good design. So how does one add a date complication without ruining what is now an iconic dial layout? Incorporate it on the outer edges of course, duh!
After playing around with the date mechanism, what I find most exciting is that each time the markers travel to the consecutive date, it makes a beautiful and nostalgic ticking sound resembling grandad’s clock in the kitchen. I’m not sure if I can illustrate this for you accurately, but I highly recommend you plan a visit to your NOMOS dealer to hear and feel it for yourself.
Case, dial and hands
As mentioned in the introduction, I am not really a fan of large watches outside of the sport genre. In my opinion, dress watches or simple time only watches should not be larger than 38 mm regardless of your wrist size. Of course, there are those of you out there that disagree. Naturally, my prediction was that I would not bond with this piece, especially if we consider the watch being sized at 41 mm for my dainty 6.5-inch wrist. But after wearing it for a week, I have had a change of heart and I know for sure that I would have difficulty sending this back to Glashutte. This is due to the fact that the 41 mm case is made manageable because of the short lugs.
The dial is familiar and reminiscent of other Tangente models. The only change of course is the new date feature on the outer edges of the galvanized, white silver-plated dial. Something about this new component makes the watch highly attractive. In my opinion, it adds depth and detail without being obtrusive to a dial that some may argue as being too minimalistic.
The hands are oxidized black which contrast against the dial. If I could change one thing, I would love the hour, minute and small seconds hands to be polished steel, only because I’m boring like that.
The Caliber 6101 is a new movement by NOMOS which keeps the watch slim at 3.6 mm while also adding the date mechanism. Unlike other Neomatik movements, the power reserve of the 6101 is 42 hours compared to 43 hours found on the 3001. But surely one hour isn’t going to be a deal breaker for you right?
The Tangente Neomatik Update 41 is seriously drop dead gorgeous and would suit true connoisseurs of horology. If you are after a piece with an in-house movement and design qualities that demonstrate lots of thought and practicality, this is the watch for you. It is currently listed on the NOMOS website for $5700 AUD, not a bad price considering what you will be getting.