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A century of Bauhaus at Nomos Glashütte
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A century of Bauhaus at Nomos Glashütte

Thursday, 27 September 2018
By The FHH Journal editors
The FHH Journal editors

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The Bauhaus movement came into being in 1919, in Germany. To mark this upcoming centenary, Germany’s Nomos Glashütte is presenting a limited edition of its Tangente, a design classic, often referred to as the “Bauhaus watch”.

Tangente from Nomos Glashütte is the most widely-known watch from Glashütte; no other model from this town famous for fine watches has been in production longer. It is often described as a ‘Bauhaus watch’—and in 2019 the German Bauhaus movement is turning 100 years old. To mark the occasion, Tangente is available in a nine-part special edition, with each version limited to only 100 timepieces. These watches come in three sizes—33, 35, and 38 millimeters in diameter, for men and women alike, and each one comes in every primary color: a sketch paper colored dial, black numerals and hands, encircled by a ring of red, yellow, or blue. Paul Klee’s sketches were one of the sources of inspiration for these watches. As Klee, the ‘magician’ of Bauhaus, once said: “Art makes things visible”. And that is why the hands follow a color ring, elegantly depicting the basic principle of the watch: time moving in a circle.

Tangente © Nomos Glashütte
Tangente © Nomos Glashütte

Not only this special edition, but all watches from this brand based in the famous heritage town of Glashütte are “timepieces that members of the Bauhaus movement would design and wear today,” Nomos CEO Uwe Ahrendt is certain. “After all, they went about their work then the same way that we do now when it comes to designing our watches and the R&D that goes into the calibers. By concentrating on the essentials, leaving the superfluous to one side, and being incredibly demanding when it comes to the details that remain. By standing for the highest quality and a different, very contemporary kind of luxury. As well as a particularly beautiful form of ‘Made in Germany’.”

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