Quick Take

All four of these watches should look pretty familiar to you if you're a NOMOS fan. The new Duo collection takes the Ludwig, Tangente, Orion, and Tetra and reinterprets them as simple two-hand watches with extremely clean dials and beautiful gold hands. The three round models measure up at just a hair under 33mm across, while the Tetra measures 27.5mm on each side, approximating the same feel on the wrist. The dials are the signature NOMOS galvanic silver color, but the addition of gold hands adds a bit of warmth that pairs nicely with the beige straps.*
All four of the Duo models come with solid steel casebacks. While this has the pleasant side effect of keeping the prices down a bit (all four models come in under $1,700), it also opens up space for engraving. Just as they did with the Club Campus models, NOMOS is including engraving at no cost on request, encouraging customers to purchase these as gifts for special occasions.*
Initial Thoughts

It is probably the least surprising news of Baselworld 2019 that I absolutely love these watches. NOMOS found a way to take a few time-only, hand-wound watches and make them even simpler. I mean, come on. That's just awesome. I really dig the use of the gold hands here (something that NOMOS has done smartly before, with watches like the 1989 models) and the beige straps are right up my alley too. My only complaint? At 32.8mm, these watches are a little too small for me to wear. I like smaller watches, but these are going to be women's watches for most customers. To NOMOS's credit, that's how they're presenting and marketing the Duo collection, but if a 35mm or 38mm Tangente Duo were to appear some day, I'd have my credit card out faster than you can say "time-only."
The Basics

Brand: NOMOS Glashütte
Model: Ludwig 33 Duo, Tangente 33 Duo, Orion 33 Duo, and Tetra 33 Duo
Reference Number: 6.5mm (Ludwig), 120 (Tangente), 319 (Orion), 405 (Tetra)
Diameter: 32.8mm (Ludwig, Tangente, and Orion), 27.5 x 27.5 (Tetra)
Thickness: 6.5 (Ludwig), 6.5 (Tangente), 7.6mm (Orion), 6.1mm (Tetra)
Case Material: Stainless steel
Dial Color: Galvanized, white silver-plated
Indexes: Printed (Ludwig, Tangente, Tetra), Applied batons (Orion)
Lume: None
Water Resistance: 30 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Beige leather velour strap
The Movement

Caliber: Alpha.2
Functions: Hours, minutes
Diameter: 23.3mm
Thickness: 2.6mm
Power Reserve: 43 hours
Winding: Hand-wound
Jewels: 17
Ludwig 33 Duo
Tangente 33 Duo
Orion 33 Duo
Tetra 33 Duo
Pricing & Availability

Prices: $1,380 (Ludwig), $1,440 (Tangente), $1,600 (Orion), $1,660 (Tetra)
Availability: TBD
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