Watch of the Week: NOMOS Glasshütte Tangente 38 Restricted Version

Watches normally get assessed based mostly on their efficiency and aesthetics, however what about their means to assist folks in want? The brand new limited-edition NOMOS Tangente 38 earns excessive marks in that class too. Produced by German watchmaker NOMOS Glasshütte, the Tangente 38 50 Ans Médecins Sans Frontières celebrates the 50th anniversary of the founding of Doctors Without Borders (MSF), and a portion of every sale helps MSF’s lifesaving work world wide.

MSF was founded in Paris in 1971 by a bunch of French docs who noticed a dire want for medical assist in growing nations world wide. Whereas it started as a rag-tag group of docs and 300 volunteers, it’s since grown right into a outstanding support group with over 30,000 staff. Since 1980, MSF has handled over 100 million sufferers and responded to urgent humanitarian disasters throughout the globe, from earthquakes to famines and extra. It additionally helps with extra routine work, like vaccination efforts, in locations that lack sufficient healthcare.

Whereas the general aesthetic is delicate, the brand new Tangente 38 consists of a number of distinctive design particulars that honor the group’s 5 many years of labor. The intense purple “12” on the dial helps the watch stand out from comparable timepieces within the NOMOS lineup, and it additionally references the purple MSF emblem. The minimalist black-and-white dial has “50 ans de Médecins Sans Frontières” inscribed alongside the underside, close to the six o’clock place, and the identical phrase can also be engraved on the case again.

Apart from that, the watch comes with a good-looking polished 37.5mm stainless-steel case, a separate chronograph dial at six o’clock, and a muted grey textile strap. A manually wound Alpha motion ticks away beneath the smooth exterior, and it presents a 43-hour energy reserve.

It’s straightforward to overdo it with a lot of extraneous particulars, particularly for a limited-edition timepiece like this, however we recognize that NOMOS saved issues easy. The pop of shade on the high of the dial and the small engravings make it clear this can be a particular Tangente 38, but they permit the clear, minimalist aesthetic to shine by. It celebrates a fantastic group with out trying like an commercial in your wrist.

Nomos Tangente 38
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It’s additionally extremely collectible: NOMOS will make simply 2,021 examples, a reference to the yr of the watch’s launch. And for those who determine to seize one, your buy will help MSF’s very important healthcare tasks across the globe. In response to NOMOS, 100 euros (roughly $121) from every sale can be donated on to the group.

A watch with a narrative and a mission—that’s one thing price proudly owning.

[$2,030; nomos-glashuette.com]

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