Tangente is spreading its wings—as Tangomat GMT, it knows all the times in the world. An impressive achievement by the NOMOS caliber DUW 5201, equipped with the NOMOS swing system. Airport codes denote the 24 time zones—and all it takes is the push of a button to switch from one to the next. If only travel were so easy!
The Tangomat is essentially the Nomos flagship, the Tangente, with a special touch: the automatic movement Epsilon. Epsilon marked the beginning of the meteoric rise for the small German atelier, which now produces all of its movements in house and with stunning craftsmanship. But more on that later.
I want to talk about the Tangomat model from NOMOS, which is a larger and automatic version of their classic Tangente model with the in-house ξ (Xi) movement—the manufacture’s most complex movement to-date which powers the Replica Tangomat GMT (reviewed here), the Tangomat GMT Plus, as well as the Zürich Weltzeit (reviewed recently by Adi Soon).
Like many of the watches from NOMOS the wearability is excellent. Weighing only 71 grams the NOMOS Tangomat GMT falls well within the range of watches that disappear on my 20 cm wrist. The shell cordovan strap that NOMOS uses also helps in the wearability. The strap is soft and subtle and quickly takes the form of your wrist and develops a patina.
Tangomat is larger and thicker than the renowned NOMOS classic Tangente, and is powered by an automatic caliber. Which day it is today is answered by the date at six o’clock, and it doesn’t need much more than that: Tangomat is unpretentious, a multiple prizewinner, and guarantees a perfect winding rate and the highest accuracy.