The Topper Blog consists mainly of original writing by Rob & Russ Caplan with occasional special contributions and interviews. All photography in the blog is taken at Topper Fine Jewelers , or on location unless otherwise indicated in the photo captions.

The Nomos Glashütte Tangente 38 for Topper Fine Jewelers 75th Anniversary



We are excited to announce the Nomos Glashütte Tangente 38 for Topper Fine Jewelers 75th anniversary. We have worked closely with Nomos Glashütte to create an elegant dress watch with a unique design. This 75-piece limited edition will begin delivery in late fall, 2015.

The case of the watch will be identical to the current Tangente 38, measuring a 38mm diameter and just under 7mm thick. Its angled lugs make it wearable for wrists from 6 1/2 to 8 1/2 inches, and it should fit under any cuff. It will come on the Nomos Glashütte black shell cordovan strap that can be ordered in any size. Those with wrists of seven inches and under should consider ordering the short strap.

This limited edition features a striking combination of a deep white colored dial and lume-tipped, blued hands. It will have a lacquered varnish closely resembling some of our favorite enamel dials. The photo above is a Nomos Glashütte rendering of what they believe the color will look like. It is possible the shade of white will differ slightly in final production. The dial is also unique from a standard Tangente 38 in that the Arabic markers and baton shaped indices will be dark blue instead of black.

What we love most about Nomos Glashütte is the subtlety and simplicity of the brand's Bauhaus-inspired watch designs. We wanted this special edition to refer to our 75th anniversary in an extremely understated way. Accordingly, we asked Nomos Glashütte to make the lume on two of the twelve hour indices (at 7 and 5) a blue Superluminova while the other dial indices will be green. When we presented this concept to Nomos Glashütte, they loved the idea and described it as "very Nomos."

The lume signature of the Nomos Glashütte Tangente 38 for Topper Fine Jewelers 75th Anniversary

Mechanically, this watch is a first for Nomos Glashütte. Unlike all other existing non date, manual-wind movements with the "Alpha" calibre, this watch will feature the "Swing System". The Swing System is Nomos Glashütte's own manufactured "balance complete" (the regulating system of the hairspring, balance wheel, and pallet fork). It is a symbol of both Nomos Glashütte's commitment to precision and their independence. Nomos Glashütte estimates that their classic Alpha calibre to be 83% "in house". With the addition of the Swing System, it jumps to 95%.

A look at the Case back of the Nomos Glashütte Topper 75th. The watch will feature the signature blue hairspring of the "Swing System".

The Nomos Glashütte Tangente 38 for Topper Fine Jewelers 75th Anniversary will be the first non date, manual-wind movement with the "Swing System".

Our 75th anniversary has given us the opportunity to reflect on the efforts of our Grandfather Arthur and Father Bill, who put decades of hard work into Topper. As a way of giving back, Topper Fine Jewelers and Nomos Glashütte are each donating 75 dollars from the sale of each watch to the UCSF Stephen and Nancy Grand Multiple Myeloma Translational Initiative (MMTI) at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. This charity has particular importance to our family as our father, Bill Caplan, was treated at UCSF for a form of cancer called Multiple Myeloma. We believe the excellent care he received there greatly enhanced the quality of his life. It is also a world class research facility providing patients access to new drugs as they become available and helps determine which medications will be available at medical facilities across the country. For more information, click here for "A look at Multiple Myeloma with UCSF's Dr. Jeffrey L. Wolf".

The Nomos Glashütte Tangente 38 for Topper Fine Jewelers 75th Anniversary is priced at $2,700.

Want to Reserve one? Number 1-40 are scheduled for December delivery while 51-75 will be available between February and April in 2016. You can reserve one of these watches with a $500 deposit. We will do our best to honor specific number requests and will go over available numbers with you. If a number you want isn’t available, we will provide alternative numbers that are still available. For ordering information call 1-888-730-2221 Monday through Saturday 9:00-6:00 PST. Payment for deposits can be made over the phone, in store at Topper, or via PayPal.

The Topper Blog consists mainly of original writing by Rob & Russ Caplan with occasional special contributions and interviews. All photography in the blog is taken at Topper Fine Jewelers , or on location unless otherwise indicated in the photo captions.