Spend enough time on Instagram or Kickstarter and you’ll see a lot of independent companies pushing out watches that eschew a minimalistic ethos and super-clean dials that attempt to cater to an ultramodern trend that seems to be popular right now. But this style has actually been around for quite some time, clearly. For example, look at Nomos. Formed in 1990 in the Glashütte region of Germany, the small independent watchmaker has for years produced incredibly fine and minimalistic timepieces that are often copied and imitated in today’s market. Let’s briefly explore a few models and see why they may be worth your time.
Perhaps the model most associated with Nomos is the Tangente. Some will note a similarity in design from Lange, but as part of the Glashütte region as well, this model is a great take on a minimalistic, simple yet legible wristwatch with great taste. This was one of the first four models that Nomos produced and is still one of their bestsellers today. Originally Nomos purchased ETA and Peseus movements and modified them in Germany before placing them into their watches. In 2005 however, after years of research and development, Nomos released their first in-house manual-winding movement, the Alpha. Nomos then revealed their first automatic movement, the Epsilon, with the model known as the Tangomat.
One of the nice things about Nomos is that you can pick up a really cool watch at an incredible price. If buying new, a Nomos will range anywhere from £1,500-£3,500 with certain models reaching up to £20,000. Looking on eBay you can find a great Tangente for as low as £1,300 and generally this is the price range in which many second-hand Nomos’ will go for. Some models, like the Nomos Tetra, can even be found for less that £1,000 but be advised you may be looking at one that is pre-2005 so it will most likely not feature Nomos’ in-house movements. If in-house is important to you, communicate with the seller and make sure you are buying 2005 onward.
A lot of people love the style of Nomos but may have actually never even heard of them. Like I said they are often imitated but for the price, you would be crazy to pass up a real gem of German watchmaking like the Tangente or Tetra. Other models like the Ludwig and the Metro are also incredible designs that allow you to have something different from the crowd and still have a solid timepiece. The care with which these watches are made is impressive to say the least. Within the collection you can find scaled-down dress watches as well as their take on a dive watch, the Ahoi. There is something for every collector with this brand so if you find yourself looking for a great, minimal wristwatch from a great company with a lot of appeal, take a look at Nomos.