During Baselworld 2013 Nomos launched their newest model the Ahoi, a sporty watch with a 200m water resistance that is different yet still clearly similar to their successful range of watches. A progression of sorts from their Tangomat model, it is in a 40mm case (10.64mm height) as compared to the Tangomat’s 38.3mm (height 8.3mm) and there is also the introduction of a crown guard, a first for the brand. Because of its 200m water resistance, the crown of the Ahoi is screw-down crown.
Available in two models, with or without a date window at 6 o’clock, the Ahoi no-date version has the automatic Epsilon calibre and the date version, the (also automatic) Zeta calibre.The Ahoi has luminescent hour indices with SuperLumiNova, a red seconds hand, and rhodium-plated hour and minute hands with blue SuperLumiNova. The blue and red make it much more jaunty than the Tangomat, as well as the blue having a practical function. The dial is galvanized, white silver-plated.
The new Ahoi may have a 200m rating but it’s not intended to be a deep diving watch; more of a swimming/ outdoor water activities of a low water depth type of beast. One of the straps that they come with reflects this – you get a woven nylon strap that is waterproof and inspired by German public pool swimming locker key lanyards. The other strap is a Cordovan leather strap, which emphasises how versatile this watch is. Nomos’ watches are dress rather than sports watches, and even this latest addition’s aesthetics reflect this.
I rather like the new Ahoi. The Tangomat isn’t my preferred Nomos from a dial design point of view, but the addition of two colours gives this watch a really appealing lift to its look. This is a brand with a very clear pared back Bauhaus influenced aesthetic, and these new models, despite being a water-friendly, maintain this philosophy. Nomos is a brand that is still somewhat under the mainstream radar despite a dedicated following amongst watch fans and collectors, but awareness of the brand is ever increasing, and these two new models will hopefully help this.
The Ahoi and Datum will be available from June and the RRP is USD3940 for the basic Ahoi or USD4500 for the Datum model. For those in Australia, Nomos’ authorised dealer in Sydney is Master Watchmaking.