The Nomos Glashütte Update was one of our favourite watches back in 2019. The peripheral date complication, with a pair of bright markers highlighting the right number, was an instant classic. It was cool, practical and like many of the German watchmaker’s timepieces, a functional, Bauhaus twist on an otherwise standard complication. Now, long overdue, the Update comes to two new models: the Metro and the Tangente Midnight Blue.
Let’s start with the simplest, the Tangente, which has basically just received a new, dark blue dial. While I’m all for the Tangente’s usual monotone white look, pure German minimalism, it suits the new colour to a tee.
With silver numerals, it’s less of a stark, utilitarian contrast, more of an elegant look. To make sure the peripheral Update indicator stands out all the more however, Nomos Glashütte has also switched the red indicators to a bright green instead which – and this is the most notable advancement to the Update – is luminescent. It’s a small change but one that, in low light, should transform the look of the watch. We’re looking forward to seeing how true that is.
The second watch of the pair is the Metro. It shares the same 41mm stainless steel case as the Tangente, but the dial has a much more cosmopolitan feel to it. Instead of oversized numerals at 12, 2, 4, 8 and 10, it has a more typographic feel with small numbers and plenty of dots.
Honestly, I feel like this dial is a more natural fit for the Update. It suits the more intricate layout much better and, while I like the Tangente Update – particularly this midnight blue version – the Metro is the one I’d buy.
Both versions are equipped with the DUW 6101 calibre, Nomos Glashütte’s in-house, German-made automatic movement. It’s nicely finished with, of course, Glashütte stripes, and is super slim, lending itself to the streamlined look of the twin Updates.
Neither of these watches is ground-breaking and neither offers a new complication. They do however showcase one of the coolest Nomos Glashütte innovations of the last few years in new ways, which is more than enough cause for celebration. They also happen to be incredibly handsome timepieces, which is good, too.
Price & Specs:
Model: Nomos Tangente Neomatik 41 Update Midnight Blue & Metro Neomatik 41 Update
Case/Dial: 41mm diameter, stainless steel, midnight blue (Tangente) or galvanized white silver-plated dial (Metro)
Water Resistance: 50m (5 bar)
Movement: In-house Calibre DUW 6101, automatic, 27 jewels
Frequency: 21,600 vph (3.5 Hz)
Power Reserve: 42h
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date markers in neon orange or neon green
Strap: Dark grey textile strap (Tangente) or Horween genuine shell cordovan strap (Metro)
More details at Nomos.