Nomos Ahoi Atlantik Hands-On

Nomos Ahoi Atlantik Hands-On

Nomos Ahoi Atlantik Hands-On Hands-On

Just last year at Baselworld 2013, Nomos announced their first truly sporty watch, the Ahoi. Fast forward a year and, while Nomos' 2014 Baselworld was mostly dedicated to their new Metro and Swing System, they did launch a characteristically Nomos-esque expansion of the Ahoi lineup. Sporting a deep blue gilt dial, the new Nomos Ahoi Atlantik puts a distinctive and beautiful spin on a very cool watch. We previously posted a comparison of some Nomos Ahoi watches here.

The specs have not changed. The Atlantik uses the same 40 mm x 10.6 mm steel case, boasts the same 200m water resistance and screw down crown, and relies on the same Nomos Epsilon or Zeta (with date) automatic movement.

Nomos Ahoi Atlantik Hands-On Hands-On

Nomos Ahoi Atlantik Hands-On Hands-On

Color is a strong part of Nomos' design wheelhouse and it is something that they use both sparingly and to great effect. The Nomos Ahoi Atlantik's dial appears almost black in low light but brighter environments reveal a warm navy tone that is perfectly matched by the gilt markers and hands. As the Ahoi is a sports-ready watch, the Nomos Ahoi Atlantik preserves the same luminous treatment seen on the original, a rare feature on Nomos watches.

Nomos Ahoi Atlantik Hands-On Hands-On

Nomos Ahoi Atlantik Hands-On Hands-On

Also carried over from the original Ahoi is the use of a bright red sub seconds hand. Red is likely the most common accent color used in watch design but Nomos tends to limit the application of red for power reserves, casual models like the Club, and special editions like the Tangente Doctors Without Borders LE. I think the mix of the deep blue with the gold and the red make for a really refined look, especially on a more casual design like that of the Ahoi.

Nomos Ahoi Atlantik Hands-On Hands-On

Nomos Ahoi Atlantik Hands-On Hands-On

Much like its predecessor, the Nomos Ahoi Atlantik feels great on wrist and with its long lugs, the Ahoi falls squarely into the "just right" size category. Legibility is excellent and it's hard to argue with Nomos' craftsmanship, especially at this price point. The Ahoi is Nomos' everyday plus weekends-in-the-pool watch, combining their attractive aesthetic with some additional practicality and toughness.

The Nomos Ahoi Atlantik retains the same pricing as the silver-grey dial version with the no-date model listing for $4,060 USD and the Atlantik Datum going for $4,660. Some of you may scoff at this price point, but I firmly believe that they are still a brand on the rise and their prices will likely increase over the coming years. They are a German brand manufacturing more and more of their movements in-house and almost all of their design is in-house as well. Compared to their competitors, they are very well priced and offer a look and value proposition that is entirely their own.

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  • WimadS

    A genuinely stunning looking watch! A simple and very well balanced design and a wonderful view of the beautifully finished movement. Elegant, modest and refined.
    Cant get any better for the money.

  • WimadS

    Oh, a little remark on the site:
    The Pinteresr button does not appear on the pictures in my mobile browser (chrome).

  • DG Cayse

    Beautiful photographs, beautiful watch and a well-written hands-on piece.
    I am not always a fan of open backs on watches, but this view is very very nice.

  • Grinnie Jax

    Best watch, best finishing and styling for its price. Absolute winner

  • johnnyc40

    That is almost the perfect watch for me!
    A good balance between classic dress watch and sports watch looks. The case crown protectors give the game away slightly but do not detract from the overall design.

  • thornwood36

    Lovely, clean uncluttered, gimme ! ………………….. : )

  • sigp226

    Love the watch – hate the strap.

  • Tourbillion87

    Very attractive piece. My only complaint is the undersized crown. Maybe its me, but I think that either the crown needs to be bigger or the crown guards need to be placed closer to the crown.

  • Love everything about this watch (esp with the date) when first handled at a Watchbuys roadshow earlier this year. It’s simply, and I don’t use this word often, gorgeous.
    Not against the strap at all and most of us here will more than likely change it out a few times anyway. Watchbuys said (no, I don’t work for them) anyone buying one from them would also be given an extra leather strap as well. Pretty decent of them.

  • marbstiu

    Gorgeous. Good thing they didnt use those boring shell cordovan straps.

  • Ulysses31

    Nomos?  No mas!  It’s OK, I just find it a bit dull and don’t like the strap.

  • f15x28

    In what universe is this a sports watch?!

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