Tangente Sport Neomatik
A few months back, I wrote about the Nomos Club Sport Neomatik 42mm watch, and now I want to take a look at the Tangente Sport Neomatik, the other 42mm sport watch introduced by Nomos this year. The two big points of note with these new sport watches is that they are water resistant to 1,000 feet and feature the brand’s very comfortable and well-finished first steel bracelet. The Tangente Sport Neomatik arrives in two dial variants — a marine black dial and the model we gravitated toward, which is a white silver-plated dial with light blue hands.
This pair of releases has elicited some strong opinions about whether their relatively large size somehow makes them less “authentically Nomos” (my words summarizing these sentiments). I have a hard time wrapping my mind around how 42mm-sized additions to a collection that don’t change the existing smaller versions should bother anybody because said existing models are untouched. In other words, a Nomos Tangente reference 1901 in the 35mm-wide case that was produced before the introduction of this pair of 42mm watches, and one that was produced after, are exactly the same. The brand is simply expanding its audience, and as someone who has consistently appreciated the brand but found its offerings a bit too small, it’s a move I appreciate.
It’s not hard to see this Tangente Sport Neomatik as an upgraded (and larger) version of the Ahoi Atlantic Date. They both share the same distinctive crown guards and angular lugs but differ in case size (40mm wide vs 42mm), water resistance (200M vs 300M), movement (DUW 5101 vs. DUW 6101), and bracelet (fabric strap vs. steel bracelet). While preference over case width is subjective, the 10.9mm-thick Tangente Sport Neomatik is only slightly thicker than the 10.6mm-thick Ahoi Atlantic Date. In terms of price, the Tangente Sport Neomatik carries a moderate price premium of $320 over the Ahoi ($4,660).