Iím torn between two Nomoi, the Tangomat 38 and the Ahoi. I am entranced with the brandís designs, aesthetic, overall brand personality, and value proposition. I view the Tangomat as an ideal dress watch, and ultimate Nomos, the proportions and detailing are exquisite. If I wore a suit regularly it would be my daily dress watch without doubt.
Alas, I most frequently wear casual clothes with jeans and t-shirts my most frequent ensemble (Southern Californian here). So I have been gravitating a bit to the Ahoi as a better fit to my lifestyle. I believe the Tangomat works with casual, but not as well as the Ahoi.
Between the two, I think the Tangomat is a flawless execution of the Nomos aesthetic, and the Horween strap is brilliant and durable. The overall watch wears very comfortably and light on the wrist. It is a smidgeon small for me in wrist presence. In contrast, the Ahoi, at 40 mm with the Nomos no bezel bezel, has a lot of wrist presence, as much as I want or need in a watch, and more than some/many 41-42mm sports watches. The sports watch diver design is also a better match, IMO, for jeans and t-shirts. The modest crown guard, red small seconds hand and light, lumed, hands give it a sportier, more playful, and borderline whimsical, air than the Tangomat. The lume is also important to me, as I check the time when I wake during the night.
That said, while I like the Ahoi sport watch execution, I believe it suffers slightly in comparison to the Platonic perfection of the Tangomat. The overall proportions are not as balanced, the light lumed hands and contrasting second hand are not as elegant as the exquisite blued hands of the Tangente line, the long Nomos lugs are even longer here, and noticeably thicker, and the break in case circularity with the crown guards slightly unbalances the symmetry of the traditional Nomos thin bezel, minimal, round case.
My biggest reservation about purchasing the Ahoi is the strap. The textured fabric strap is a Nomos invention. In a store it wears stiff, I assume it breaks in. I don't imagine it will be as comfortable as the Horween strap. I am concerned that eventually the tang holes will show in the strap, but if it only has a 3-4 year life, so be it. I think it is a pretty good match to the casual air of the watch, but I am not sure I would like it as the only strap on a watch I might well wear several days a week. The Horween strap looks OK, but not as good as it does on the Tangente line, IMO. I am curious what approaches and successes Ahoi owners have had with other after market straps, in terms of aesthetics, versatility, and comfort.
So I am caught conflicted between what I view the better watch, versus a better lifestyle fit. Interested in othersí thoughts on this pleasant dilemma.