If you’re a fan of the notion that “less can be more,” then you no doubt love the minimalist watch. It’s fashion statement, it’s jewelry you can wear with any outfit, anytime, and it’s a phenomenon that gives you a bevy of choices, from swank upscale designer “labels” to more budget-friendly (but nevertheless terrific) timepieces for any taste. Here are some of our favorite “good times in small packages.”
- The Alessi AL8004
This beautiful timepiece boasts a 36mmround stainless steel case, a black pigskin leather strap, and a buckle closure for a classic “wristwatch” look. The elegant black dialis accentuated with silvertone stick markers that delineate hours, as well as silvertone hour, minute, and sweep second hands. Low-maintenance and low-worry, the watch uses Japanese automatic movement for pinpoint accuracy.
- The Daniel Wellington 0106DW
This Daniel Wellington 0106DW shows you an eggshell-toned dial with black and rose gold-tone markers; pointed hour and minute hands are also rose gold. Brand identification is easy, with the logo in black that stands out against the white background. Complementary to the black and rose gold accents is a silver stainless steel case, and the entire ensemble harmonizes easily in any wardrobe with its brown leather strap.
- The Skagen 858XLSLC
This quartz-powered watch features the perennially-popular color combination of black and silver, its stainless steel case paired with croc-embossed black leather and buckle. You’ll never have to worry about scratches with the mineral crystal lens that protects its face, which gives you a clear time picture of linear markers and standout black hands. The clever placement of the Skagen logo, at 3 o’clock, is eye-catching without being disruptive. And you can even count on this watch to withstandwater, with a resistance level of up to of 30 meters (about 99 feet).
- The Vestal PLA020
Need something durable and truly waterproof? That’s the Vestal PLA020 chronograph, with a water-resistance rating of 10 ATM (you can wear it while swimming). Its 48mm case is stainless steel, as is the bracelet (a combination of stainless steel and acetate), which has a deployant (or “foldover”) clasp. Eye-catching skeleton hour and minute hands stand out, while the black sweeping second hand “blends” nicely. And you’ll find the chronograph subdials easy to handle, too: they’re controlled by knobs on the watch’s right-hand side. Versatile and classy, for work or sports — think Vestal.
- The Bulova 96B104
You can count on Bulova for classic style, and this Bulova 96B104 lends its own elegant touch to any outfit. But don’t let its sleek appearance fool you, either: it’s strong and dependable enough for the long haul, with a Japanese quartz movement well-protected inside a stainless steel case, and an embossed black leather band secured with a buckle. You’ll love the silver dial with its complementary gleaming silver hour, minute, and second hands, and you’ll appreciate the convenience of the handy date indicator at the 3 o’clock position.
- The Brathwait Automatic
This minimalist wrist watch is water resistant to 100 meters (328 feet) — although you might want to swap out the marron Italian leather strap before you take it diving! Stainless steel makes it durable over the long haul, and the rose gold tone makes it beautiful. The date indicator at 3 o’clock is unobtrusive, a nice complement to its cutting-edge sleekness and style.
- The Stuhrling 768.01
Sharp style? This Stuhrling watch has it, with slim looped lugs connecting its stainless steel case to the black leather band and buckle. Shatterproof and scratch-resistant Krysterna crystal protects the dial for safety; black stick markers make for easy reading, with standouthour, minute, and sweep second hands. Your “date” feature shows up at 6 o’clock, in the form of a circular opening, and you can count on reliable performance day after day with this watch’s Swiss quartz movement. A great (and great-looking) combination!
Scratching the Surface, if not the Crystals
Minimalist watches are everywhere, in colors, styles, and sizes to fit any wardrobe or social occasion. These are just a few of many — so enjoy finding the one that “speaks the language” for your lifestyle!