The Nomos Tetra Duo, Making Small Watches Cool Again

By Daniel Yong

Firstly, small watches have always been cool. In the last couple of years, we’ve noticed brands bringing back smaller sized versions of beloved models as collectors begin to refine their tastes. Personally, I never really got into the big watch craze as I always found them looking kind of awkward on my 6.8-inch wrists. Before you guys start coming at me, let me explain why. I’m not hating on big watches as on some sports models, they look cool (big fan of Panerai and the Seiko Arnie). But on a dress or classic time only watch? I just personally find them looking ridiculous and out of place.

A throwback to the classics

I won’t lie, I’m a huge fan of the classic gentlemen swagger showcased in gangster films set in the times of the 50s and 60s. Think of De Niro in the Goodfellas, Al Pacino and Marlon Brando in The Godfather and even some films based on the Hong Kong triads such as Chasing the Dragon with Andy Lau (my favourite Chinese actor). Or if we can go back earlier to the 30s and check out Johnny Depp in Public Enemies, he wouldn’t wear an oversized watch… or would he? Not that I’m glorifying illegal activities or the illegal drug trade, but what I appreciated was how immaculate their style was. How they were able to be charming, suave and terrifying at the same time. This fashion is also translated in television shows based in the 60s such as the popular Mad Men series. Those guys commanded attention without having to be loud, get what I’m saying? And apart from their suits, what they all shared was a classically sized watch on their manly wrists.

The Nomos Tetra Duo

With all that said, I’d like to draw your attention to a watch from a brand I adore. There’s just something I love so much about square and rectangular watches. The straight lines evoke a sense of handsomeness that’s also bold. It’s almost as if the wearer is making a statement, perhaps that they choose to be different and not wear a watch with the familiar round case?

Out of the Tetra series, the Duo is my favourite. The gold hands floating above the galvanized white silver dial just works so well. It makes the appearance of the watch warmer, adding a sense of depth which I feel wouldn’t be achievable if Nomos used silver hands. The watch wears comfortably and features a classically sized case measuring 27.5 mm by 27.5 mm, with a height of 6.1 mm. It comes on a beautifully made suede strap that gives the piece a more casual feel. But don’t be fooled, the Tetra Duo can easily be turned into a dress watch, by pairing the Nomos Horween Shell strap in either black or dark brown.

The Nomos Tetra Duo currently retails for 2260 AUD on their website.

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