Back in February, Nomos released their first watch of 2023 with the Tangente in blue gold, and it immediately grabbed my attention. I have a special spot for blue sunburst dials and I knew I had to get my hands on this Nomos Tangente. Lucky for me, I was able to take it for a spin for a few weeks so here is my review.
The Tangente line up has been around for quite some time as it is one of the original models Nomos released. The model I have is the 38.5mm version Neomatik 146 with the Nomos automatic movement DUW 3001, which is developed in-house by Nomos. For the original Tangente in its 35mm size, make sure to check the past hands-on video review right here.
As with all Nomos watches, the movements are decorated with Glashütte ribbingGlashütte Ribbing A decorative pattern of lines on the plate and bridges of the movement, named after the town of Glashütte where it originated. Similar (yet different) to the better known Geneva Stripes., heated blue screwsBlued Screws Not all blue screws are equal. Traditionally heat-blued screws, involves... heat! The blue color is achieved by heating the screws to a high temperature in a controlled and clean environment. This process produces a thin layer of oxide on the surface of the screws, which gives them their distinctive blue color. It is not uncommon to find blue screws on a watch movement that were simply chemically treated, and not heat-blued. [Learn More], and beveling on the edges as seen in the pictures. I have been wearing this watch daily so I was not able to test the stated 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] of 43 hours.
The watch was 42 seconds fast after 7 days, or 6 seconds a day, which is within COSC specs. The Tangente is very thin at 7.1mm thick and fits under shirt cuffs perfectly especially with the current cold weather.
Moving on to the star of the show, the sunburst blue dial! As you can see from the pictures, the blue is very well done and offers a nice contrast between the small sub dial and the main dial. While both are blue, the small second sub dial is more “dark” as seen in the pictures.
The white numerals and indexes offer great contrast to the blue dial for legibility and I had no problem reading the watch even during darker settings. The dial is dynamic with the light, the color can change from bright light blue to a dark navy feel.
Overall, I really like this watch, as it fits both casual and dress with the right straps for the watch. While the 38.5mm version with its 47.3mm lug to lug might not be for everyone, it looked fine on my 16.5cm wrist and never felt out of place. There is also a 35mm version that should fit slimmer wrists.
With a suggested retail price of 3,080 EUR, an in-house movement with excellent decoration and excellent finishing, I highly recommend the Tangente Blau Gold.
More information right here.