The 2021 Nomos Glashütte watches - Watches and Wonders
Nomos Glashütte unveiled four new product novelties at Watches and Wonders 2021, involving three core collections. In the first half of this year's new portfolio, the Tangente ranks first since it comes in two new variations, but a new Metro deserves first-page news instead. The Nomos Club Campus, which represents Nomos' first price offering, comes in two new color palettes. Please find them below listed by product and collection; sorted by relevance, from my perspective:
The new Nomos Glashütte Metro neomatik 41 Update is the most prominent evolution of a Nomos Metro since the collection hit the market; it welcomes a date complication placing it on par with the Tangente Update from a technical standpoint. The term "Update" refers to Nomos watches housing a patented date complication consisting of an annular day-of-the-month display arranged on the outermost part of the dial. Showcasing a 41 mm case for the first time, the Metro neomatik 41 Update is the most technically refined Metro ever.
Compared to its Tangente-based counterpart, a Metro looks smoother while offering the exact technical specifications, as far as the mechanical movement concerns. The Tangente features an edgy design and a full flat glass, whereas the Metro neomatik 41 Update houses a glass box and wire lugs. It is powered by an in-house caliber DUW 6101 whose date can jump forwards or backward and is enhanced by orange markers surrounding the current day of the week.
Finally, the 6101 is aesthetically very pleasing, too, offering an embossed gold-plated engraving atop the winding mass. At 40.5 mm across and with a 9.1 mm thickness, the Nomos Glashütte Metro neomatik 41 Update retails for 3500 Euros; I'm eager to get my hands on one anytime soon.
The Tangente is among Nomos' top-selling collections; the 42 mm case option also introduced its Sport steel bracelet. The Tangente Update is a placeholder in Nomos' offering, and, as stated above, the same DUW 6101 caliber is now equipping the 2021 Metro Update. It comes standard in two dial options: silver or ruthenium. The brand's range extender is the Tangente Update midnight blue, which follows the likes of the Nomos Glashütte Tangente Midnight Blue (35 mm and 38 mm).
Along with the new midnight blue palette, you'll find some tweaks like the exquisite double green marker in replacement of the original orange ones. Compared to the new Metro Update, the Tangente wins hands down in terms of overall size measuring 7.8 mm in thickness against 9.1 mm. The Tangente neomatik 41 Midnight blue Update retails for 3200 Euros.
The Saxon brand's support to charities and NGOs is unrivaled in the industry. It is no coincidence Nomos actively helps the Nobel Peace Prize NGO "Doctors Without Borders."
By introducing the Tangente 38 - 50 years of Doctors Without Borders, Nomos Glashütte is following up the project carried out with the Ahoi for Doctors Without Borders. MSF turns fifty in 2021, and Nomos is therefore celebrating by marketing 2021 pieces of a special Alpha-powered Tangente, sporting a red-colored numeral at twelve and a white dial with blackened hands on top.
Its price is in line with the standard offering, as it retails for 1620 Euros. Nomos will donate 100 Euros directly to MSF on each timepiece sold, thus totaling over 200,000 Euros once all the watches sell out.
The Club Campus holds as Nomos' "graduation watch" and the most affordable offering ever. Its style sets it apart from the signature Bauhaus-driven design language while offering the same standards as any Nomos watch. The Club Campus watches are mostly hand-wound and adopt the Alpha caliber, which is still the highest-volume produced mechanical movement.
Nomos Glashütte adds two color options: "Future Orange" and "Absolute Gray," coming in two case sizes: 36 and 38 millimeters. Orange is not new if you're familiar with the brand; it once appeared when Nomos released the Club Campus 38 for Pride in August 2020.
The dial is unmistakable, showcasing a California-like style with its combination of Arabic and Roman numerals, which glow blue in the dark. They come standard with a gray suede strap you can easily swap with a metal strap or the Sport bracelet, at an extra cost. The icing on the cake, each Club Campus is waterproof up to 100 meters. The retail price goes from 1100 to 1200 Euros, according to the size.
(Photo credit: courtesy of Nomos Glashütte)
Gaetano C @Horbiter®