Known for a “no fuss, no muss” approach to its designs, German brand Nomos Glashütte has always been inspired by the modernist Bauhaus movement. Originally a German art school established in 1919 for fine arts, craftsmanship, and architecture, the Bauhaus taught a new way of looking at the relationship between design and functionality. And in reverence to a school and movement that continues to influence art and architecture today, Nomos Glashütte has created nine variations of its tried-and-true Tangente watch to celebrate a century of Bauhaus.
“Tangente, our prizewinning bestseller, embodies the company like no other,” says Uwe Arhendt, CEO of Nomos Glashütte. “It has been a continuous favorite for 25 years and is the watch that has been associated most with Bauhaus. Tangente’s design represents the principle of form follows function, which has made it a design classic. For us, there was no doubt that the Bauhaus anniversary should be commemorated with a special limited edition of Tangente,” he continues.
Based on sketches from famous Bauhaus teacher and artist Paul Klee, the special edition “Tangente—a century of Bauhaus” models bring us back to basics. The Bauhaus showed that harmony came when function met design in the straightest line possible—no more ornamentation or complicated compositions. The nine models are minimalistic and efficient with pops of color, like much of what we’ve come to love from Nomos Glashütte.
The unisex watches come in three sizes (33mm, 35mm, and 38mm), with a dial the color of sketch paper, evoking Klee’s famous artworks, and black numerals and hands. Circling the dial is Nomos Glashütte’s trademark pop of color—a subtle ring in either red, blue or yellow, available for all three sizes. The movement in all these models is the Alpha, the brand’s first in-house built caliber when it became an in-house movement manufacturer. The Alpha has since become a reliable classic for Nomos Glashütte, powering the majority of the brand’s watches, and is definitely a fitting choice for this commemorative series.
True to the brand’s philosophy, these new models show the humble yet meticulous development process Nomos Glashutte’s designers exemplify. “When it comes to designing our watches, we concentrate on the essentials, leaving the superfluous to one side,” explains Arhendt. “This approach is indirectly connected to the Bauhaus movement. It comes specifically from the Deutscher Werkbund, which was a precursor to Bauhaus, and is characteristic for the way we work at NOMOS Glashütte—with the aim to make high-quality products using efficient techniques. That ethos can be found throughout Bauhaus, and Tangente too.”
“Tangente—a century of Bauhaus” will be available with selected retailers by the end of August. Limited to 100 pieces per model, you’d best hurry and get yourselves one of these quick!