After much consideration, I think I've pretty much settled on the Nomos Tangente Gangreserve (no-date) on brown shell cordovan (dark-red stitching) strap as my first "luxury" watch (I've had an itch for a new watch for a while, and currently posses the funds to responsibly splurge more than a couple hundred). In the end it somehow wound up beating a slew of worthy (and often pricier) competitors, including: Vintage 1950s Omegas (Seamaster, Constellation), the Omega Speedmaster Professional (Moonwatch), Rolex GMT Master II (Pepsi, ref. 16710), Zenith 36,000 vph 38mm (vintage-inspired tri-colored subdials), a brief flirtation with a vintage Breitling Unitime World-Timer, and at one point even several models from Glashutte Original (stretching my budget a bit).
The Nomos, to me, represents much of what is good in the watch industry today. New company in a historic location (same town as A Lang & Sohne and Glasshute Original), doesn't make any pretense toward the past (doesn't try to argue often-faux historical significance like so many other brands), creates their movements in-house, and has an immediately recognizable brand/styling/direction. I'm drawn specifically to the Tangente Gangreserve because it's a clean, Bauhaus-inspired, hand-wound dress watch with just enough whimsy (arabic numerals, off-center logo, red power reserve, brown-strap, blued hands) to (in my head) be worn with jeans and a t-shirt when I'm off work/getting a casual drink. Also, the price point is more reasonable with respect to my age/easier to justify. I'm 24, I don't need a Rolex yet . Put the money I would have spent into laser-eye surgery or something instead.
All that being said, I have two pressing concerns before pulling the trigger:
1) I have pretty darn small wrists (6.25"), and all the working out in the world doesn't seem to change that fact. I'm pretty concerned about the fit of the Tangente despite its small diameter (35mm) -- I've heard the lugs go out pretty far and lay the whole watch pretty flat on the wrist. Thoughts? Any similarly-girly-wristed Tangente owners out there?
2) I've been unable to actually find any pictures of the Tangente on the brown shell cordovan strap. All I ever see is the black. Anyone?
Thanks for reading everyone, and sorry for the long (first!) post!
TL;DR: read the last two numbered paragraphs.