The only square watch in Nomos’s stable, the Tetra is probably the most feminine style in the bunch. But, don’t let your attention flag there men. It can certainly do the job with its well-proportioned 29.5mm size. Smaller, more vintage-sized watches have circled back round to become fashionable again.
Adding some color to the Tetra family, Nomos mixes it up with some new dial colors creatively called world white, bittersweet, scone and heavenly blue. My translation: cream, dark chocolate, raspberry and, okay, I’ll go with heavenly blue on this one. Polished and rhodium-plated hands sit atop a galvanized, while a brown velour strap gives a nod to the 70′s. Groovy. If the velour strap causes bad flashbacks, then you can easily change it out to a material of your choice.
The Tetras have a nice profile and will slip stealthily under a cuff on a man. Conversely, the colors will appeal to a woman who likes to accessorize. After all, a watch is just as important in the overall fashion vocabulary as the proper shoes and purse. While the women can wear all these new hues, it will take a very dashing and confident fellow to pull off the scone (raspberry) dial.
What I particularly like about Nomos is the quality at the price point. You get an in-house manufacture movement starting at less than 2K. Inside the Tetra ticks a manual-wind Alpha movement with 42 hours of power reserve. In the German tradition, the movements have ¾ plates with Glashutte striping and blued screws.
Increasingly, brands are embracing the power of the net to make direct sales. Over at MB&F you can purchase a C3H5N3O9 (Nitro) online. You can do the same for all of Nomos’s watches, including the Tetra, which retails for just below 2K and moves up to about $9.5K for other styles in 18K gold.