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Nomos Glashütte Bring Out the Colour Wheel for Tangente 38 Date – 175 Years Watchmaking Glashütte

Nomos Glashütte Tangente 38 Date

Classics are classic for a reason and the Nomos Glashütte Tangente 38 Date hasn’t changed in more than 30 years. However, while that particular model might be middle-aged by human standards, the brand itself is celebrating the venerable landmark of the 175th anniversary of watchmaking in the cradle of German watchmaking, Glashütte. The anniversary series they’re producing is called the Tangente 38 Date – 175 Years Watchmaking Glashütte and there are an astonishing 31 different colourways in the series.

Nomos Glashütte Tangente 38 Date

Nomos Glashütte Tangente 38 Date Pastell

Revealed at Watches & Wonders, there are quite frankly too many colourways for us to possibly have photographed them all, so we settled for shooting as many as possible. It’s a real editorial challenge as well because some of the colourways are very intricate with 3 different colours across different parts of the display.

Nomos Glashütte Tangente 38 Date

Nomos Glashütte Tangente 38 Date Boje (orange), Delfin (blue), Pastell (coral)

For example, the Delfin has a light blue dial, a grey small seconds subdial, a khaki minute scale, black numerals and a white date window. Meanwhile the Ziegelblau has a burnt orange dial, a light blue small seconds subdial, a peach minute scale with matching peach numerals and date window. There is no consistency of colour A goes on this part of the display, colour B goes here – they are all unique. Describing them all in detail would result in an article longer than Finnigan’s Wake.

On top of all that, each model has its own story and concept regarding why it exists. And these can range from concepts as simple as the Flamingopink is inspired by flamingos, to crazy things such as the Schlossgrun based on ivy climbing up the side of an English country house and the Lemonbiscuit which is based on one of Nomos’ watchmaker’s uncle’s favourite snacks. It is all utterly insane and I love it.

Nomos Glashütte Tangente 38 Date

Nomos Glashütte Tangente 38 Date Mauvegrün

This is a series that doesn’t care who you are or what style of watch you like. They’re not trying to conform to whatever hyper-niche design element is all the rage according to industry analysts. They’re simply bright, colourful, a little bit silly and a celebration of everything fun in watchmaking. The choice of 31 models comes from the number of days in the month and they’re also meant to represent the breadth of human experience and diversity with colours that appeal to different cultures and suit different skin tones.

It makes you want to gather up your friends and debate which is the best colourway. Or like an early Facebook meme, “tag yourself as a Tangente 38 Date – 175 Years Watchmaking Glashütte to see what it says about you”. If you’re wondering, some favourites among the Oracle Time team are the Chilli and Frostblau, although I think I’m more of a Haifischgrau type of guy. To fully appreciate this series of watches, you really just need to go and look at the full range.

Nomos Glashütte Tangente 38 Date

Nomos Glashütte Tangente 38 Date Delfin (blue), Lemonbiscuit (White), Haifischgrau (grey), Kanari (yellow)

It almost seems superfluous to talk about the specs because that’s not why you’re buying any of these watches. But for formality’s sake, they measure 38mm in diameter with stainless steel cases. Inside they house the DUW4101 manual movement with 42-hour power reserve and adjusted to within chronometer values of accuracy and reliability.

Nomos Glashütte Tangente 38 Date

Nomos Glashütte Tangente 38 Date Boje (orange), Delfin (blue), Pastell (coral), Zigelblau (brick red)

All 31 references are priced at £1,925 and each colourway is limited to 175 pieces. Evidently they’re all incredibly popular because they’ve already sold out. I wonder if certain colours will be significantly more sought after on the pre-owned market such as we saw with the original launch of the Swatch x Omega MoonSwatch, which featured a meagre 11 colourways. Let us know which your favourite is in the comments below!

Price and Specs:

Model: Nomos Glashütte Tangente 38 Date – 175 Years Watchmaking Glashütte
Ref: 179.S12 (Flamingo Pink), 179.S5 (Peace), 179.S8 (Katzengold), 179.S13 (Poporange), 179.S16 (Super Sardine), 179.S25 (Ariel), 179.S7 (Bubblegum), 179.S26 (Schlossgrün), 179.S14 (Rambazamba), 179.S11 (Schulhausweiß), 179.S18 (Lakritze), 179.S23 (Frostblau), 179.S1 (Zirkus), 179.S19 (Tiefseegrau), 179.S4 (Go), 179.S17 (Boje), 179.S6 (Kanari), 179.S2 (Love), 179.S22 (Delfin), 179.S21 (Pastell), 179.S20 (Haifischgrau), 179.S10 (Lemonbiscuit), 179.S29 (Dunkelbunt), 179.S15 (Pompadour), 179.S31 (Nachtgesang), 179.S30 (Chili), 179.S3 (Stop), 179.S9 (Mauvegrün), 179.S27 (Ziegelblau), 179.S24 (Schneesturm), 179.S28 (Sportbunt)
Case: 37.5mm diameter x 6.8mm thickness, stainless steel
Dial: Available in 31 different colour combinations
Water resistance: 30m (3 bar)
Movement: Nomos calibre DUW 4101, in-house, automatic, 23 jewels
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 42h
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Strap: Dark grey or light grey textile
Price: £1,925, limited to 175 pieces each

More details at Nomos Glashütte.

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Michael Sonsino

As Digital Editor for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. He's a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better. Recent purchase: Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Modern Re-Interpretation. Grail watch: Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921.