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There’s one watch company that I love above all - Nomos.

Nomos is often unjustly maligned for being austere, but I think restrained better describes their work.

There’s so much joy in their use of colour, typography, and their unusual cases.

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There’s one watch company that I love above all - Nomos.

Nomos is often unjustly maligned for being austere, but I think restrained better describes their work.

There’s so much joy in their use of colour, typography, and their unusual cases.

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I share your views in that NOMOS is my favorite brand launch of the last thirty years. It is remarkable how designer Susanne Gunther and owner Roland Schwertner (previously a professional photographer) both defined the entire continuing brand design aesthetic, and created an iconic dress watch, the Tangente, in their first models intro.

NOMOS doesn’t get too much attention on this board, but is revered by many on the dedicated watch sites. Ben Clymer of Hodinkee has credited them with providing an accessible introduction to haute horology.
 

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I've been in New York a few times in the last month and I finally got to Cartier to judge the sizes of the Tank Américaine. The medium was too small, the large was too big. Also, it seemed to me a bit too formal for an everyday watch ... and that is my goal. So sadly Goldilocks did not find his watch that day. But, I surprised myself when I found an outstanding vintage IWC in 18KYG for less. Okay, it's not rectangular, it's round (34mm) ... but equally simple (hour, minute, and seconds only). It's not too attention grabbing or lacking in luster ... it's juuuust right.
 

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I share your views in that NOMOS is my favorite brand launch of the last thirty years. It is remarkable how designer Susanne Gunther and owner Roland Schwertner (previously a professional photographer) both defined the entire continuing brand design aesthetic, and created an iconic dress watch, the Tangente, in their first models intro.

NOMOS doesn’t get too much attention on this board, but is revered by many on the dedicated watch sites. Ben Clymer of Hodinkee has credited them with providing an accessible introduction to haute horology.
Nomos gets plenty of attention all over the internet, especially due to its pricepoint. I think many people, including myself, find that their straight lugs are a letdown and make the watches wear a lot larger than necessary.

I've been in New York a few times in the last month and I finally got to Cartier to judge the sizes of the Tank Américaine. The medium was too small, the large was too big. Also, it seemed to me a bit too formal for an everyday watch ... and that is my goal. So sadly Goldilocks did not find his watch that day. But, I surprised myself when I found an outstanding vintage IWC in 18KYG for less. Okay, it's not rectangular, it's round (34mm) ... but equally simple (hour, minute, and seconds only). It's not too attention grabbing or lacking in luster ... it's juuuust right.
This is one of the reasons I landed on the Santos over the millions of Tank models. I wanted a reasonably sized, versatile, mechanical watch.
 

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NOMOS doesn’t get too much attention on this board, but is revered by many on the dedicated watch sites.
Not really! They get plenty of attention here, and are frequently suggested when someone is looking to buy a particular type of watch. In addition, many people like me respect what they do and the quality they provide at a particular price point. However, for me and at least a few others here, the designs just do not speak to us. I waited until I had an opportunity to try a few on in person and they just are not for me. I don't like the case or lugs, and I find the dials too sterile. As I've said before, no watch can be everything to everyone, but Nomos does get a lot of respect on this thread.
 

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Nomos is meh………IKEA design for watches

But if you like that’s all that matters - so do you, boo 😂
 

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If you like Bauhaus, then Nomos has the watch for you. They have some appeal to me, but it’s a very specific design.
 

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I'll be honest - part of the appeal of Nomos is the limited appeal.

It's one of the few brands that I'm comfortable wearing in any company - that speaks to my personal hangups, but I own it.
 

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Nomos gets plenty of attention all over the internet, especially due to its pricepoint. I think many people, including myself, find that their straight lugs are a letdown and make the watches wear a lot larger than necessary.
Yes, this is my issue with Nomos, too. I like the look of some of their models but they don't sit well on my wrist due to the thin, straight lugs.

...or the quartz Tank Must in L size.
What do people think about quartz watches here?

Not to single anyone out (sorry to quote you, Texasmade, but you were just the catalyst!), but in most watch discussion threads/discussion boards, people typically pooh-pooh quartz movements as cheap and unsophisticated, and go on and on about mechanical movements, and how the movements are so finely decorated, and how they are fantastically intricate, how it's great to wear a complicated little machine on your wrist and so on.

However, when sites like Hodinkee, or Instagram influencers, praise watches with quartz movements such as the new Cartier Must (which was originally a cut-price Cartier model and was looked-down upon) or the FP Journe Elegante, suddenly quite a lot of people throw their disdain for quartz movements out the window and prepare to hand over wads of cash for watches with quartz movements.

I suppose that really just shows that a lot of us are hypocrites at heart and that brand names and the "cool" factor matter more to us than we would really like to admit...
 

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Yes, this is my issue with Nomos, too. I like the look of some of their models but they don't sit well on my wrist due to the thin, straight lugs.



What do people think about quartz watches here?

Not to single anyone out (sorry to quote you, Texasmade, but you were just the catalyst!), but in most watch discussion threads/discussion boards, people typically pooh-pooh quartz movements as cheap and unsophisticated, and go on and on about mechanical movements, and how the movements are so finely decorated, and how they are fantastically intricate, how it's great to wear a complicated little machine on your wrist and so on.

However, when sites like Hodinkee, or Instagram influencers, praise watches with quartz movements such as the new Cartier Must (which was originally a cut-price Cartier model and was looked-down upon) or the FP Journe Elegante, suddenly quite a lot of people throw their disdain for quartz movements out the window and prepare to hand over wads of cash for watches with quartz movements.

I suppose that really just shows that a lot of us are hypocrites at heart and that brand names and the "cool" factor matter more to us than we would really like to admit...
I think the Tank Must is getting a pass because the solar aspect of it is seen as a “complication” and therefore it is more interesting than a Timex quartz movement.

Personally, if I’m paying more than 1-2k$ for a watch I want to see a smooth sweeping seconds hand.
 

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