Thomas Höhnel is a talented German designer, renowned for his work in the fields of product design, interior design, and fashion. He studied design at the University of the Arts in Berlin and at the Central Saint Martins college of Art and Design in London. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the German Design Award, the Good Design Award, and the Red Dot Award.
In recent years, Höhnel as the senior product designer, has expanded his design expertise to work on several products for Nomos Glashütte in their Berlin based design studio called Berlinerblau. “Like Berlin, we had to liberate ourselves from the barriers of the past,” says Höhnel. “Sometimes what’s challenging about design is how close you get to it, and we focus too much on what’s been done instead of what can be done. But with Nomos, we have the freedom to design for ourselves — we keep things clean and functional, and we get to explore and have Berlin as background noise.” His designs include the Ahoi, a water-resistant sports watch that was awarded the Good Design, iF and Goldene Unruh awards.
Nomos believes that designing watches and furniture is similar because both fulfill a function and adorn a space. Nomos has collaborated with interior designers Mark Braun and Werner Aisslinger in past, who have designed successful watch models like Metro and Autobahn for the company.
Tetra in Four Shades of Pink
Nomos has announced a new series of four timepieces for the iconic Tetra line during the Salone del Mobile in Milan. The new version of the classic Nomos watch comes in four square models with a unique pink color scheme designed by Thomas Höhnel. Throughout the years that followed the very first release of Tetra, the watch has seen a wide range of interesting, and even controversial, colorways. With different shades of pink – from subdued nude tone to hot pink – are a first for the Tetra series.
The square case is 29.5 mm × 29.5 mm with a slim 6.3mm height with the signature Nomos Bauhaus design dial, and feature a velvety gray strap made of vegan velour. Driven by the svelte (2.6 mm height) manually wound caliber, the Nomos Alpha caliber, each watch is a unique take on the color pink as seen by the color specialist and interior designer turned watch designer.
“Die Kapriziöse”, or “The Capricious”, has a modern nude tone and silver small seconds. “Die Unerreichbare”, or “The Unattainable”, features a dial with a silver sunburst finish and pop of candy pink in the small seconds. “Die Wildentschlossene”, or “The Fiercely Determined”, is a bold pink dial with a silver small seconds. Finally, “Die Fuchsteufelswilde”, or “The Furious One”, is a subdued neutral eggplant with a rose gold small seconds.
The watches bring a strong sense of color and intention to the clean, modern aesthetic that is at the heart of Nomos design. For all of their similarity to each other and to the watches of the past, it’s amazing how these color changes create very different personalities for each variation. These four new Tetra designs are a brilliant edition to the line.
Israel Ortega, Editor-in-Chief of Revolution Mexico and Latin America, sums up the success of Nomos design, “By virtue of its successes and high visibility, Nomos is no longer “the best-kept secret in watchmaking” or a “cult brand.” It is a rich, proud company that has managed to earn the admiration and respect of the watchmaking community at thirty years young. The best way to confirm this is to see how the most casual of watchmaking fans can identify a Nomos just a few meters away. This is proof of a universal design that is accompanied by a credibility anchored in quality.”
Case: 29.5 mm × 29.5 mm, 6.3mm height, stainless steel, 30 meters water resistance
Movement: Manually winding Alpha caliber, 43 hours power reserve
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds
Strap: Vegan velour strap
Price: From USD 2,080