NOMOS Glashütte special edition Tetra Fidelio
The NOMOS Glashütte special edition Tetra Fidelio is housed in a steel case, measuring 29.5mm x 29.5mm. The dial is presented in a sophisticated shade of dark blue while the strap is grey ‘velour leather’. At the heart of this watch is an in-house movement, the hand-wound Alpha calibre.
The German watch brand, NOMOS Glashütte, was founded in 1990 by Roland Schwertner and, within a comparatively short period of time, the firm has gained an enviable reputation for making high-quality, stylish watches. Indeed, a few years ago, mindful of the merits of NOMOS Glashütte ownership, I purchased both my wife and daughter a Tangente model each. It was a decision I have never regretted.
Despite the modest pricing of each NOMOS model, the company makes its own movements, normally the preserve of much costlier watches. The design language is inspired by the Deutscher Werkbund bestowing each model with a clean, timeless and uncluttered appearance.
In 1992, NOMOS Glashütte unveiled its inaugural collection, comprised of four models, the Tangente, Orion, Ludwig and Tetra. Such is the lasting eye-appeal of these watches, they continue to feature in the firm’s extensive collection.
The Tetra is a handsome watch, featuring a square case that has a distinctive appearance like no other. Over the years, NOMOS Glashütte has produced an array of Tetra models, encompassing different case sizes and dial colours. The new NOMOS Glashütte special edition Tetra Fidelio is housed in a steel case measuring 29.5mm x 29.5mm. The dial is presented in a sophisticated shade of dark blue, while the strap is grey ‘velour leather’. Prospective purchasers have a choice of two versions, one model with a solid caseback (Ref. 449) and a second model with an exhibition caseback (Ref. 450). Both options are paired with an in-house movement, the hand-wound Alpha calibre.
The brand’s press release
The classic watch model in a new edition: looks great with jewellery, made to last a lifetime.
Dyers used to work with plant extracts to create the colour blue. After the dye bath the fabrics had to be left in the sun to dry: allowing time for the dyers to relax. Whether or not the term “blue Monday” finds its roots in the textile industry of yesteryear is up for debate. It is, however, of no interest to this watch, since it loves the office as much as the weekend, and just gets on with doing its job—whatever day it is. Producing and adjusting the indefatigable in-house built movement requires considerably more time than it takes to dye fabrics blue.
This special edition watch from Glashütte features a dial in sumptuous dark blue, with golden numerals, and the hands and case in stainless steel. This elegant tricolour combination pairs perfectly with jewellery: gold and silver work particularly well. As does the name of this watch: “Fidelio.” It is well-known as Beethoven’s one and only opera—and those who paid good attention in Latin class will also know that the name is derived from “fidelity.” This faithful companion for life is available now at select retailers for 1660 GBP.
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