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Hands-On: NOMOS Tangente Neomatik 41 Update Midnight Blue

With the NOMOS Metro having received the update treatment, the Tangente could not be left out in the cold either. The NOMOS Tangente Neomatik 41 Update is now available with a new Midnight Blue dial. This Blue fellow thus joins the White version initially released in 2018.

The NOMOS Tangente wears notoriously large. A 35mm Tangente for example, wears more like a 38mm watch in my book. Have a look at our previous hands-on article for a detailed look on the wrist. So here at 41mm, I can say it wears large indeed. Somehow the Tangente 41 Update wears larger than the Metro 41 Update. I believe this has much to do with the slender design and the lug design. On the Metro the wire lugs are shorter, which also results in an overall smaller lug to lug size. The Tangente 41 Update runs beyond the 48mm when measuring from lug to lug.

NOMOS Metro Neomatik 41 Update

Worth noting is that the Tangente in Midnight Blue wears visibly smaller than the initial white dial reference 180. Darker dials always have that effect. That said, it’s not a small watch by any definition. The date ring adds some extra visual interest to the dial which works very well with the Tangente’s stark base dial. The dial does not feel overly busy nor cluttered, it feels perfectly well balanced. The latter is of course true for pretty much every single NOMOS dial.

The patented NOMOS ring date with superluminova in green can be set quickly in both directions. Note that the lume on the date ring is also the only lume to be found on the dial. In the dark you’ll know the date but will have a hard time reading the time on the watch. A subtle touch of lume on the hands would have been perfection.

A NOMOS Tangente is known for its clean dial design, so the question could be if this somehow still fits the overall Tangente story. The answer is a clear and resounding yes here. It keeps its very clean look and all the other classic touches that make this a true Tangente. The addition of the date ring, including the font used, integrates perfectly into the existing dial design. This is one gorgeous date window if you ask me.

As with the Metro Update, this Tangente Update is powered by the in-house caliberCaliber The caliber ('movement') is the heart and engine of a watch. It consists of a number of interconnected components that work together. Energy is transmitted through the gear train, to the escapement mechanism. The escapement mechanism releases this energy in a controlled manner. This drives the gear train, which ultimately rotates the hands of the watch and keeps time. [More Info] DUW 6101. A super slender movement (just 3.6mm) despite the added date complication.

This particular movement also features the NOMOS swing system, NOMOS’ in-house escapementEscapement The escapement is a mechanism in a mechanical watch movement that regulates the release of energy from the mainspring and keeps the watch ticking at a steady rate. The escapement is made up of two main components: the escape wheel and the pallet fork. The escapement is responsible for the ticking sound of the watch, and it ensures that the watch runs at a consistent rate. As the escape wheel rotates forward, it locks and unlocks with the pallet fork, allowing a small amount of energy from the mainspring to be released. This causes the balance wheel to oscillate and the watch to 'tick'. [Learn More]. You can recognise it by its tempered blue balance springHairspring The hairspring is a thin spring in a mechanical watch movement that is connected to the balance wheel. The balance wheel oscillates back and forth at a consistent rate, and the hairspring helps regulate these oscillations. The hairspring works by applying a restoring force to the balance wheel, which helps to keep the balance wheel oscillating at a consistent rate. The hairspring is also known as a balance spring. [Learn More], The movement features all the bells and whistles one has come to expect from NOMOS Glashütte such as the three-quarter plate, ribbing polish, and blue tempered screws. Thanks to the (quite frankly) ingenious caliber design and its slender movement the overall watch still feels very much like a Tangente with an overall thickness of just 7.9mm.

A very smart new addition to the ever-growing Tangente family.


  • Reference 182
  • CASE stainless steel, bipartite, sapphire crystal glass back
  • GLASS sapphire crystal glass with anti-reflective coating on inner side
  • WINDING automatic
    • diameter 40.5 mm
    • height 7.8 mm
  • IN-HOUSE BUILT CALIBER DUW 6101: automatic winding, neomatik date mechanism, and bidirectional quick correction feature
    • MOVEMENT HEIGHT 3.6 mm
    • DIAMETER 15 ½ lines (35.2 mm)
    • POWER RESERVERéserve de marche Also known as Power Reserve. A watch's power reserve refers to the amount of time a mechanical watch can run without being wound. The power reserve of a mechanical watch can vary depending on the size of the mainspring, the efficiency of the gear train, and the rate at which the mainspring releases energy. If a watch has a Power Reserve 'complication' it simply means that the status of the power reserve can be seen on the watch itself (either on the dial or movement side of the watch). [Learn More] up to 42 hours

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