Ever heard of a timepiece that looks good enough to eat? While that may not be what you ordinarily hear about, it is certainly not far from reality, as Nomos Glashütte‘s recent releases for its Tetra Line will prove. Named Petit Four—yes, a French pastry as its namesake—the square watches are eye-catching and modern collectibles that come in adorable colors and bring to mind spring. However, their appeal is only intended to satisfy your desire for adorable yet plush objects that can be worn, and not your taste for sweet things that can leave your palate wanting for more.
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Release date: 2018
The Petit Four series comes in four soothing colors: the Tetra Pearl which has a soft, powdery pink dial and violet indexes to match; the Tetra Grenadine that is of the color of pomegranate, also found in plush and detailed carpets in Asia with dials that complement the pastel color; the Tetra Matcha, which is obviously green, taking its name from the processed tea leaves that took the world by storm and left people sipping on mugs and cups with green liquid; and Tetra Azure which helps one imagine a comfortably warm and clear summer day in spite of the actual weather.
- Caliber: Alpha manual
- Winding: manual
- Jewels: 17
- Power reserve: ~43 hours
- Case material: stainless steel
- Case dimensions: 29.5mm x 6.25mm
- Glass: sapphire crystal
- Water resistance: 3 ATM
Aesthetically speaking, the Nomos Glashütte Petit Four is pleasing to the eye as well as appealing to modern and minimalist sensibilities. The pastel colors partner well with casual clothes while the strap lends a bit of formality to the watches. The combination of colors on the dial and the contemporary typography do not hinder readability, in fact, it does quite the opposite, and the red dial for the seconds works with all of the versions. Even though they appear cute, these watches are not to be dismissed as simply fashion accessories—they are hand made in Glashütte after all, the town singled out in Germany for its watchmaking traditions, guaranteeing their reliability and accuracy. They are also as light as they appear; the slim watches won’t weigh down your wrist.
Although the Petit Four allows personalization and a peek into its workings, these are features not uniform to all, and may consequently affect your choice in buying one. Viewing the movement behind the watches are only available in the Tetra Pearl and Tetra Grenadine versions. Also, while these are suitable for everyday wear, you might want to replace them with something more formal for black and white tie events.
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