Spotted on Tangramatic 39A Bauhaus with larger wrists
Bauhaus was an art school located in Germany with a fundamental principle of keeping things simple. The original Bauhaus watches were produced in the 1920s, first from Lange & Sohne and then in 1927, by STOWA, both of which had extremely minimalistic simple designs, which was in line with the Bauhaus design concept of keeping things simple. In the case of the Tangramatic 39A, the overall design is rather minimalistic but adds even more contemporary flair than many of the German productions.
Bauhaus watches have minimalistic designed cases and while we consider the 39A case still minimalistic and not flashy, the case has an art-deco, multi-layer, multi-finish construction. The case is composed of 316L stainless steel with the aforementioned multiple finishes. The case measures 39mm and 43mm including the crown. While the case may be small to those that prefer at least 40mm or larger watch cases, the long lugs contribute to a 49mm lug tip to lug tip measurement, which will satisfy many of those with larger best wristwatch.
Many Bauhaus style timepieces tend to be on the ultra-thin side in relation to case thickness. The 39A is definitely a bit chunkier at 12mm to the peak of the domed crystal. However, even at 12mm, the watch will rest quite comfortably under a dress shirt cuff in turn, making the 39A a perfect accessory in the executive boardroom or a night out on the town. As one might expect, the watch has a rather pedestrian weight of 80 grams, with the watch having a rather thick custom canvas strap installed, so combined with the other case specifications, will feel quite light and comfortable on the wrist. A 6.5mm push/pull crown is located at the 3 o’clock position on the case. The crown has the model designation etched on the face. The crown is extremely easy to grasp and engage due to the nice machining around the edge. The crown is perfectly proportionate to the other case dimensions and even larger than crowns on similar Bauhaus style watches. The non-crown side of the case is very plain and simple, keeping with the minimalistic design, as well as, providing a great view of the multi-layer, multi-finish case design of the watch. Keeping with the minimalistic design, I am pleased that Tangramatic did not over brand the 39A case outside of the etching on the crown face.
The 39A is fitted with a domed sapphire crystal measuring 34mm diameter which provides a very clear view of the dial due to a quality interior anti-reflective coating. Beneath the sapphire crystal is a rather unique white dial. Bauhaus timepieces of the past, if you look at original designs, were extremely plain with rather bland font types and minute markers. When you look at the 39A Bauhaus, rather than a typical numeric Bayer font type, a more modern approach has been utilized, making the dial appear quite a bit more playful. Rather than numerals, Tangramatic chose to spell out the hours which is unlike anything I have seen before. The combination of the “art-deco” case and modern approach taken with the dial layout make the 39A Bauhaus extremely unique in regards to other Bauhaus watches on the market. Outside of the time, the only complication on the 39A is a legible date window located just above the 6 o’clock position on the dial. The 39A does have a bit of lume around the dial which isn’t something always found on Bauhaus style watches. C1 white superluminova has been applied to small dots outside of the hour indicators. Rather than using white lume on the handset, another modern approach was taken with the use of a black or grayish lume. C1 lume doesn’t typically have any significant longevity and is no different in this particular instance.
Rather than using the more expensive ETA automatic movement, Tangramatic opted for the very reliable Miyota 9015 automatic movement for the 39A Bauhaus. By using the Miyota, Tangramatic is able to keep costs much lower while still providing a quality movement to the consumer. The case back has the typical specification information about the watch etched around the perimeter with curious engravings of a fish and a hummingbird at the center. The other curious engraving is a Latin phrase meaning, “May You Wear This in Good Health.”
Now when it comes to strap choices, Tangramatic provides quite a few options. Currently, on their website, it appears that outside of the mesh bracelet, other choices are unavailable. The photographs will illustrate the various options the company had available at one point and may be able to provide in the future.The mesh measures 20mm at the lug and doesn’t taper at all at the clasp. The various nylon straps are also 20mm all the way through, however, the leather strap options taper to 18mm at the tail. Truly based on your mood the 39A can be as dressy as you need but can also be made to look extremely casual.
Traditional Bauhaus may a bit too bland for many people so in this instance rather than keeping it completely simple, Tangramatic has stepped outside the box by producing a Bauhaus style watch with just the right amount of modern flair. With the 39A, Tangramatic has produced a Bauhaus style watch at an extremely palatable cost while continuing to utilize quality components.