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Nomos Glashutte Aqua Ahoi Datum watch review: Elegant, new and very, very blue

The German watchmaker’s latest timepiece surfaces and goes on sale

There wasn’t one person in the Gentleman’s Journal offices who disliked the look of Nomos Glashutte’s latest – and bluest – watch; the Aqua Ahoi. On sale now, the watch is a revamp of the first Ahoi model, released in 2013. With a two-piece nylon strap and dial design that echoes the signature style of brand classics the Tangente and Ludwig, this is identifiably Nomos, but it feels fresh.

Nomos Glashutte Aqua Ahoi Datum watch review: Elegant, new and very, very blue

And that is mostly thanks to the colour. The bright, bold and cooling blue feels like a splash of water to the face. Named ‘Siren Blue’ by the watchmaker, it is a completely different direction to the brand’s signature, deep navy ‘Atlantic Blue’. But the darker colour still shows up on the nylon strap, a versatile and strong piece of kit perfect for the pool and opera alike.

Nomos Glashutte Aqua Ahoi Datum watch review: Elegant, new and very, very blue

The Datum also features a date window at the bottom of the dial, an addition similar to the move made with Nomos’ Metro model. Elsewhere on the dial, the indexes have been painted in Superluminova, which shines green even in the dark and depths of the ocean.

This is a watch that, although impressive in the office, really hits its stride in the sea. Water resistant to 20 atm – which translates to 200 metres – the Ahoi Datum has a diver’s license and a case that will ensure protection to the automatic caliber that keeps it ticking.

Nomos Glashutte Aqua Ahoi Datum watch review: Elegant, new and very, very blue

Like the Nomos Orion, Ludwig, Tangente and countless others, the new Aqua Ahoi Datum also features the signature sub-seconds dial. And, like the other models in the Aqua series – namely the Club – this dial’s hand glows in bright orange. It is the small accents, such as these subtle reinventions of traditional designs, as well as the introduction of bold new colours, that mean Nomos keep making waves in a sea of ocean watches.

The Nomos Glashutte Aqua Ahoi Datum is now on sale, and available to buy for a price of £3,540

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