Watch Lust: Nomos Tangente Gangreserve


There is so much more to the Nomos Tangente Gangreserve than meets the eye.  From the face to the movement, this watch has immense quality, craftsmanship and unique design crammed into a beautifully simple package.  At $2,360, the Tangente Gangreserve is also a bit out of worn&wound’s typical price range, so for now it will remain a watch lust.

Case: Nickel-free steel alloy
Movement: Delta hand wind
Power Reserve: 45 hours
Function:  Hour, minutes, second (sub dial), power reserve
Dial: White or black (silver plated)
Lens: Sapphire (front and back)
Strap: Shell Cordovan
Diameter: 35 mm (44 mm lug-to-lug)
Thickness: 8 mm
Lug Width: 18 mm
Warranty: 2 years

The design of the Nomos Tangente Gangreserve is distinctly Bauhaus, with simple, yet functional details throughout.  The hour and minute markers are slender and clean, and the font of the 12, 2, 4, 8 and 10 is stark yet legible.  There is also a highly legible second sub-dial at the six o’clock position.  Where the Tangente Gangreserve begins to distinguish itself however is with the power reserve at the one o’clock position.  Unlike other power reserves that display remaining power with a needle, the power reserve indicator on the Tangente Gangreserve displays a red (or black) power meter in a sub-dial that becomes more filled with color as power decreases.  The result is a unique complication, cleanly implemented without interrupting the aesthetic of the Tangente Gangreserve face.

Furthering the notion that there is more to the Tangente Gangreserve than meets the eye, its simple face is actually silver plated, having been sand blasted and then “bathed” in silver.  Though this detail may be overlooked at first glance, it adds tremendous quality to the watch.  But what most distinguishes the Tangente Gangreserve is its Nomos in-house hand wind movement.   Beginning in 2005, all Nomos timepieces feature in-house movements.  These include the “Alpha” with a standard manual movement, the “Beta” which includes a date function, the “Delta” seen in the Tangente Gangreserve with power reserve, the “Epsilon” which is automatic and the “Zeta” automatic with date function.

All told, the Tangente Gangreserve is actually a pretty incredible value, when you consider the outstanding design, unique power reserve implementation, silver plated face and in-house movement.  So, if you happen to have deep pockets, the Nomos Tangente Gangreserve should definitely be on your must own list.  For the rest of us, it’s just another watch to lust after.

Photos via the Nomos online store

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