A Harmonious Quartet: Four New Nomos Tetra Models Pay Tribute to Beethoven

Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827), the legendary German composer, turns 250 this year, and Nomos Glashütte, a proudly German watchmaker is suitably marking the milestone with a collection of new timepieces named in tribute to Beethoven’s classical compositions. The four new models in the brand’s square-cased Tetra series — Gotterfünken, Ode an die Freude, Unsterbliche Geliebte, and Fidelio — all feature new, vibrant dial colors and in-house-made mechanical calibers.

Nomos Tetra Symphony - group
The Nomos Tetra Symphony collection pays tribute to Beethoven in his 250th birthday year.


Nomos describes the Tetra family from which this quartet of colorful timekeepers hails as a ladies’ collection, but its watches likely have fans among smaller, slender-wristed gents as well. All the new models have square, stainless steel cases measuring 29.5 x 29.5 mm in diameter and 6.5 mm thick; sapphire crystals in the front and back, and dials with gold baton hour and minute hands and small seconds subdials at 6 o’clock. All are attached to gray velour leather straps with tone-on-tone stitching. Each model features a different dial color.

Nomos Tetra Goetterfunken - front
Nomos Tetra Goetterfunken (Ref. 444)
Nomos Tetra Goetterfunken - back
The watches are powered by Nomos’s in-house Alpha caliber.

The Tetra Götterfunken (the German translation of “Divine Sparks,” a reference to the chorale finale of Beethoven’s famed Ninth Symphony) has a copper dial; the dial of the Ode an de Freude model (for “Ode to Joy,” the poem referenced in the Ninth Symphony’s Fourth Movement) is in olive green; the dials of the Unsterbliche Geliebte (the mysterious “Immortal Beloved” of a Beethoven love letter from 1812) and Fidelio (named for the only opera penned by the composer) sport turquoise and dark blue colors, respectively.

Nomos Tetra Ode an die Freude - angle
Nomos Tetra Ode an die Freude (Ref. 446)

All four watches contain Nomos’s manually wound Alpha caliber, made in-house at the company’s atelier in Glashütte, Germany’s ancestral home of high watchmaking, itself marking a significant anniversary this year, 175 years since its founding. Just 23.3 mm in diameter and 2.8 mm thick, this movement’s notable attributes include a stop-seconds mechanism with the brand’s familiar Glashütte stopwork; a ratchet and crown wheel with a decorative sunburst finish; tempered blue screws; plates and bridges decorated with traditional Glashütte ribbing (a German take on the Swiss côtes de Genève) and the brand’s own perlage motif; and a 43-hour power reserve.

Nomos Tetra Unsterbliche Geliebte - dial CU
Nomos Tetra Unsterbliche Geliebte (Ref. 448)
Nomos Tetra Fidelio - reclining
Nomos Tetra Fidelio (Ref. 450)

The watches — collectively dubbed the Nomos Glashütte Tetra Symphony series — will debut at retail at the end of February. They will only be available for a limited time, according to Nomos, and priced at $2,380 each.

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