The Value Proposition: The NOMOS Glashütte Tetra Neomatik 33mm
So how about we talk Tetra. “Tetra” is Greek in source and means four of something, pretty much; and, likewise, something square (a tetrahedron has four sides; the fish known as a Tetra gets its name from the more Tetragonopterus, which signifies “square blade”). The Tetra watch, hence, is a square-cased watch, and for quite a while it’s been somewhat of an untouchable in the NOMOS family, the remainder of which is undauntedly round. As a rule purchasers appear to boundlessly like round watches over square or rectangular watches, and it’s fascinating to mirror that cutting edge tastes vary to some degree from those of customers for the absolute first evident wristwatches, which were regularly square, rectangular, or tonneau molded, the better to recognize them from pocket watches.
Until the current year’s Baselworld, the Tetra was a watch that may effortlessly have spoke to somebody searching for a choice to, say, a Cartier Tank or Tonneau in 1920 or something like that; at 27 mm square or 29.5 mm square, the Tetra was a watch for a man or lady with traditionalist, practically traditionalist, inclinations in size combined with a fondness for Bauhaus-esque moderation, and not a little love of incongruity (a square, sub-30 mm, moderate watch, regularly offered in splendid yet quieted pastels, is probably as rebelliously basic and unexpected a watch as you will get nowadays).
Now, a contributor to the issue with a little, square watch is that the measurements as perused, truly don’t give you a smart thought how the watch wears; the length of each side is a factor, yet so is the askew measurement, which obviously is much longer.
The more modest models are as yet accessible (and are pretty executioner Value Propositions in themselves; the most affordable 27 mm Tetra, with NOMOS’ Alpha type, is recorded for USD 1980 on their online shop), yet with the new models, there are presently two self-twisting, show back, sapphire precious stone, 33 mm adaptations of the Tetra too. These are the Tetra Neomatik, and the Tetra Neomatik Tiefblau; the previous has a white dial and the last mentioned, an exceptionally dark blue dial (nearly black).
This new form of the Tetra is likewise a dispatch vehicle for the NOMOS in-house type DUW 3001, which was declared in mid 2015. This is a self-winding and very slight development at just 3.1 mm by and large, with a width of 28.8 mm (for reference, the ETA 2892, which is for the most part thought to be a beautiful level, if not ultra level, type, is 3.6 mm x 25.6 mm and the workhorse ETA 2824 is 4.6 mm thick). Of the multitude of developments that fly the in-house banner, this is one of the in-housiest (in the event that I may coin a cumbersome neologism) with the equilibrium spring, balance, get away from wheel, and switch all delivered by NOMOS.
As we have just said it’s not news that NOMOS is an incredible worth. It is news, however, that they keep on being. “In-house” is a lovely tricky subject and it’s presumably the single subject taking all things together of horology destined to cause reprimand, recrimination, and tremendously awful conduct (from the two devotees and brands, in some structure) yet I truly feel NOMOS is doing it right. The DUW 3001 comes with a tad of a premium over going before Tetras, yet thinking about its gracile measurements, which are the consequence of a cautious designing interaction instead of a surged, me-also cloning of existing items on which patent assurances have run out, I think there is significantly more value for the money than expected in the Neomatiks as a rule, and in the Tetras in particular.
Though this isn’t a Week On The Wrist in essence, a conversation of the wear experience is well worth having. Square watches are a specialty for some reasons; everything from the way that round appears to relate better to our instinctive experience of time, to the way that a round argument is simpler to seal against dampness (and hence is for all intents and purposes universal in instrument watches, which thus are practically pervasive in their allure) without any end in sight. I think if there will be a watch that will make you truly think about a square watch, nonetheless, it very well may be this one (similarly taking a stab at a Reverso can be a distinct advantage for anybody incredulous about the allure of a rectangular watch). The Tetra is not difficult to wear at 48 grams (lash remembered) on our scale, and both the white and dark blue dial forms are curbed yet striking, with the sharpness of the tones and fineness of the markers and hands delightfully set off by the case calculation. Putting one on might not by and large make for a Saul making a course for Damascus second, yet it could well open your psyche to the chance, at any rate, of a square watch.
A word on the size: at 33 mm this may appear to be excessively little to some of you. Remember, notwithstanding, that its corner to corner width is more than 40 mm, so it wears significantly bigger than you’d might suspect. It’s as yet a flimsy, exquisite watch (case thickness is 6.3 mm, which compares well to, for goodness’ sake, the Vacheron Constantin Les Historiques 1967, which is likewise a square, self-winding watch, and which is 5.4 mm thick; the two watches are 3 bar water safe). In any case, to categorize it as a dress watch is to miss its flexibility; it’s a watch that is unbelievably adaptable, and, surprisingly better, that isn’t because of misrepresentation in plan, yet rather, to versatility, which is obviously not the equivalent thing.
The NOMOS Tetra Neomatik 33 mm is accessible for $3,860 and you can arrange it direct from NOMOS. A square cased watch isn’t for everybody, except I figure everybody will likely concur that at any rate, a particularly made, all around planned, brilliantly slight and rich watch with a similarly thoroughly examined in-house development is, at this value, a marvelous Value Proposition.
Check out our dispatch inclusion of each of the 10 minor departure from the new Neomatiks, here .