Introducing Nomos Tangente 38 – 50 ans Médecins Sans FrontièresBy Bhanu Chopra
Doctors Without Borders is an English translation of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), a non-governmental organization (NGO), founded in 1971, in Paris. According to MSF records, in 2019, the group was active in 70 countries with over 35,000 personnel consisting of local doctors, nurses and other medical professionals and staff. About 90 percent of their funding comes from private donors, and the rest from corporate donations.
MSF was founded by a small group of French doctors and journalists who sought to expand accessibility to medical care across national boundaries and irrespective of race, religion, creed or political affiliation. The organization emphasizes independence and impartiality from political, economic and religious factors in its decision making. For these reasons, it limits the amount of funding received from governments and government-affiliated organizations.
This is the tenth year of cooperation between Doctors Without Borders and Nomos. The brand has produced over 10,000 watches in support of emergency aid in various models, all signified by the red numeral at 12 o’clock.
Together with their retailers, Nomos donates 100 euros together for each watch sold towards the emergency aid. Now more than ever, acknowledging the heavy lifting done by the global medical community is a must during these extraordinary pandemic circumstances.
“There is no doubt: These watches help save lives,” states Christian Katzer, general director of the German section of Doctors Without Borders. “This year’s pandemic has made our operations, logistics, and travels more difficult and expensive. The funds we receive from the sales of these watches are needed more urgently than ever.”
The Tangente 50 ans Médecins Sans Frontières edition is a svelte 37.5mm in stainless steel, with a height of 6.7mm. The solid case back features a limited edition engraving. The dial is galvanized and white silver-plated with the subtle red 12 and text at 6 o’clock “50 ans de Médecins Sans Frontières.” A dark grey textile strap compliments the black numbers and black oxidized hands.
Tengente is powered by Nomos in-house manual winding Alpha caliber. Nomos had introduced the Alpha caliber in 2005 as their first movement built in-house. The gear train is similar to the classic Peseux 7001 caliber. The movement features Glashütte three-quarter plate design, Glashütte Stripes, Glashütte solar grinding, and hacking seconds. It is adjusted according to chronometer standards for this model.
Calibre: Alpha calibre, manual winding.
Case and dial: Polished stainless steel, 38mm, white dial with red 12.
Strap: Dark grey fabric.