Life today is fast, make no mistake about it. While most of us are tech hungry, there is still room for the more simple things in life, and that includes timepieces. With the huge influx of smartwatches flooding the market, some may just desire a watch that does nothing more than tell the time, and do it in a most dependable and reliable way. However, that doesn't mean that a minimal watch needs to be something your grandfather purchased at Woolworths in the 60's. Today's minimalist watches come in a wide array of colors and designs. Some designs are avant garde in nature, which serves the young-at-heart, adventurous and playful, while others are designed for the professional life, and still others for fine evening wear. As such, we've compiled a list which includes a little bit from each, and for those who consider minimalism include design but not function, we included a minimally designed smartwatch, for good measure.
20. BUREI Men's Fashion Minimalist Wrist Watch
Clean, simple and comfortable. This is among the most affordable men's minimalist watches on our list.. BUREI has a history of producing affordable timepieces that are both exceptional in style and longevity. In fact, by taking just one glance as this men's fashion watch from their VANDA collection, you'd be hard pressed think it not cost more than it does. As such, that's the magic of BUREI. This watch comes with a shatter and scratch resistant mineral crystal, comfortable Milanese black mesh bracelet, dependable Japanese Miyota Quartz movement and gray dial with markers and a date window.
19. Kasana Neon Orange Gender Neutral Watch
Kasana prides itself on its daring use of color in their designs, which shows in their neon orange, gender neutral watch. But vivid color isn't all they're known for. Did you know that each Kasana watch is assembled by hand using only the finest eco-friendly materials? That's correct, which means that every watch is vegan, eco-friendly and cruelty free. Each model is crafted from high quality materials which include shatter-resistant and scratch-resistant glass, stainless steel case, durable silicone strap, and precise Japanese movement. The Kasana Neon Orange is designed to be a light-weight watch with a minimalist design, as well as sustainable. As a side-note, Kasana donates 1 percent of sales to select environmental causes.
18. Venu GPS Smartwatch by Garmin
For those of you out there, who yearn for a minimalist design, but want to enjoy the features of a top-notch smartwatch, we give you the Venu. The Venu by Garmin is a gorgeous timepiece in both design and function. This smartwatch presents a clean, minimalist silhouette while holding within itself, dependable high tech features. The overall design comes across as fresh and vibrant with its bright AMOLED touch screen, color display, rose gold hardware and light sand, silicone quick release strap. Use the Venu to keep track of your health stats, as well as take advantage of any of its 20 sports apps. The lens is constructed of durable, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 with a case material comprised with fiber reinforced polymer.
17. ODM Bouncing Black Mens Fashion Watch
Get into the groove with this offering from ODM's Bouncing collection. Designed to cater to those who enjoy an active lifestyle, parties and music, it certainly succeeds on delivering the vibe. ODM stands for Original Dynamic Minimal, and only offers timepieces which reflect those three words. ODM strays far from the pack in order to craft original watch designs such as this one from its Bouncing collection. Features include a rotating disk center, Quartz movement, stainless steel case, mineral glass and durable silicon strap. It also comes with ODM's patented Perfect Shape, which provides a good fit at the wrist line.
16. Hurtig Lane's Eco-Friendly Moderno Watch
The stylish Hurtig Lane minimalist watch comes in black, tan, white and red variations. The designers at Hurtig Lane decided to create a dependable watch for their Moderno range, one that was minimalist in design which would easily conform to either your day or evening fashion choices. The design is sleek, yet masculine, so can easily adapt to a 3 piece suit, or comfortable, weekend flannel shirt and jeans ensemble. Features include a 40mm case, Miyota Quartz movement, and waterproof rating of 3 ATM. This is an eco-friendly watch, where the straps are composed of cotton fiber and recycled materials, with absolutely no PVC materials used.
15. The Minimalist Slim Three-Hand Black Stainless Steel Watch
The Minimalist Slim by Fossil is a serious timepiece in design. Crafted with masculine undertones, from the tight and tough structure of the band and how it connects to the case, to its solid, black coloring. If you're going to gift that special man in your life with a watch which is minimal yet masculine, this would be a great choice. Slim and light weight, this timepiece is made for both comfort and function. Telling time is easy via its gun metal grey hands, which lay against a black dial with both hour and minute markers. The stainless steel bracelet comes with deployment style clasp, and is also interchangeable, if you'd desire a change of pace. Features also include a mineral glass crystal, stainless steel 44mm case, and Quartz movement.
14. TIVC Eco-Friendly Watches
The TIVC Eco-Friendly Watch centers itself around the representation of "all seasons of change". Which refers to its versatility as an all around timepiece, ready to accompany you wherever you go. The eco-friendly straps come with a quick release clasp. The straps themselves are crafted from eco-friendly suede in Italy, using only recycled polyester, while abstaining from adverse chemicals. This 3ATM water resistant watch comes with a 40mm case in stainless steel, Swiss Ronda 1063 movement, and a scratch and shatter resistant Sapphire Crystal.
13. The Brimm by MVMT
MVMT watches came about through the humble process of crowdfunding. Their aim was to disrupt the world of high-priced timepieces, and create innotave designs that most people could affort. The Brimm is a member of MVMT's Revolver Collection. The Brimm is a polished, slick and smart timepiece with a stunning design in buffed bronze. The dial is absolutely unique in its smooth, matt black surface and minimalist detailing which include bronze hands and markers. As for the strap, its bronze stainless steel and is interchangeable with other straps in the Revolver Collection. The Brimm comes with a 41mm stainless steel case, Miyota Quartz movement, hardened mineral crystal and water resistant at 5 ATM.
12. Alster-S by Eoniq
Simple, elegant and timeless describes the Alster-S by Eoniq. At first look, you'll immediately notice it's one-of-a-kind skeleton dial, where the inner workings of the timepiece are partially exposed, and become part of the overall design. But that's not all, the Alster-S design can be altered by you, before you buy. Here, you select the style of each of the following: case, strap, dial, markers, and text. This makes the Alster-S the perfect gift for that special someone. Features include a double-domed, Sapphire crystal complete with anti-reflective coating, Citizen 8 movements, and stainless steel construction. This is a mechanical watch, which means no batteries are required.
11. Nava Ora Lattea
Designed by famed artist, Denis Guidone, the Nava Ora Lattea brings with it a certain amount of upbeat playfulness designed to be a certain conversation starter. The Nava Ora Lattea is the perfect example of Nava's mission to create a "spirit of irony", as the watch itself is simplistic, yet garners a complex meaning from many. This clean and sleek design tells time using a dial that has no hands. Instead, time is conveyed via two small, black dots. Features include plastic glass, 42mm case, 3 BAR pressure resistance, and Citizen Quartz 2036 movement. To see the Nava Ora Lattea in action, check out this video. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpHdG9O14r4)
10. Ziiiro Eclipse Metallic Mesh Rose Gold Watch
Long known for it's stunning, minimalist, futuristic designs, Ziiiro has hit another home run with its Eclipse Metallic Mesh Rose timepiece. Designers of this watch successfully merged the Eclipse design with the rose gold coloring to create a watch which compliments the wearers lifestyle perfectly, as it can be worn for both the office and as a dress watch. This watch comes with Japanese Miyota 2025 movement, 43mm 316L stainless steel case and mesh strap. The glass is hardened mineral crystal, water resistance is 5ATM with the crown placed at the 3 hour position for added comfort. While talking about it is one thing, if you'd like to catch the actual movement, check out the following video.
9. The Twirler by Projects
If you're in the market for a fun, playful design in a minimalist watch, then the Twirler by Projects might do you right. If you're not familiar with Project watches, they host some of the most innovative designs from topcreative designers across the globe. As you can see, the hands appear to float from the center outward, appearing to drag the slanted marks along with them. Designed by Johannes Lindner from Germany, The Twirler blends fun, creativity and function all in one design. The Twirler is crafted with brushed stainless steel, and comes with a black silicone band.
8. The Rose by Vestal
The Minimalist Rose is of a most unique design. It's minimalist to be sure, yet it comes together to make a powerful statement, much like the Yacht model from Vestal. Again, it has a masculine design which works very well with the gold and black color pallet. This is a chronograph watch, which simply means that the three subdials you see on the main dial are used by some as a stopwatch. In fact, there are consumers that actually purchase chronograph watches without knowing their true purpose or even caring, as they find the appearance pleasing. Both powerful and striking, features of the Minimalist Rose include a solid mineral crystal, Japanese chronograph movement, 43mm stainless steel case and 3 link band.
7. Classic Red Sandalwood by Avant Wood
Definitely a change of pace from the standard stainless steel watches, the Classic Red Sandalwood by Avant Wood is crafted with the finest Red Sandalwood, and is a definite conversation starter. Not only is the dial made from all natural red sandalwood, but so is the butterfly clasp strap. As each watch is crafted from wood, each watch is as unique as the wood it was crafted from. Every watch will have its own grain pattern and variations in color, and if you so choose, you may have it engraved for that special someone. Features include a hardened mineral crystal, Japanese Quartz movement, and 1ATM splash resistant rating.
6. Baume Moon Phase
Character, contemporary design and style, are all words which can be used to describe the Baume Moon Phase 35mm watch. Though minimal in design, this watch has no trouble expressing its personality through the unique dial and pairing with the blue, fabric strap. All Baume watches are sustainable, plus their parent company, the Richemont Group, donates 2 percent of all proceeds to assist in ocean cleanup. Features of the Moon Phase watch include a Golden Swiss case, Sapphire glass, interchangeable cotton strap, Miyota 6P20 Quartz movement, and 3ATM water resistant rating. Free engraving is also included.
5. The Brathwait Automatic Minimalist Wrist Watch
For those searching for a dependable, stylish and well polished dress watch, you most certainly cannot go wrong with this minimalist watch from Braithwait. This watch successfully addresses both the unique and traditional, all while keeping its minimalist status. The sleek, smooth and polished, 40mm case is constructed from AISI 316I surgical grade stainless steel, the dial is clean white with a date window. All of this is set off nicely by a classic, quick release stainless steel mesh bracelet. Other features include a scratch and shatter resistant dome, Sapphire crystal, and Miyota Cal 9015 self-winding movement, with 100m water resistance.
4. The Iconic No. 1 by TID
Designers of TID watches strive to craft forward thinking watch designs, and it definitely shows in this offering, listed as The Iconic No. 1. Designed by the From Us With Love design studio, all watches in the TID collection are meant to appeal to those who appreciate the simple things in life. The Iconic No. 1 comes with a dial which is easy to read, along with interchangeable bands, designed to match your every mood or activity. This particular watch comes with a stainless steel, gold brushed metal finish against a black nylon wristband. Features include a Miyota 2035 Japanese Quartz movement, ion coated stainless steel case, 5ATM water resistance level, and scratch and shatter resistant mineral glass.
3. White Rebel Watch by Swatch
Swatch watches represent the risk-taker in you. These watches are not designed for the traditionalist who enjoys feeling safe, but instead are designed for those who seek excitement and adventure in each moment of their daily lives. All Swatch watches are termed "Swiss Made", and that includes the White Rebel. Like all swatch watches, the White Rebel challenges tradition al aesthetics with a bold minimalist attitude. The analog White Rebel comes with a 34mm case, heat-treated mineral crystal, white dial, hands and hour markers, and a date display window. Water resistant to up to 100 feet, it comes with a comfortable, breathable silicone strap.
2. The Yacht by Vestal
Bold and brazen, yet fashionable, the Vestal Metal Yacht in gold exists to make a statement. This watch has a loud and powerful design that demands attention. its masculine design exudes power. Vestal Watches is an indie company currently owned by Ira Robb, who also founded Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and strives to craft timepieces with personality and character. The Yacht is an excellent choice for the office or even as a dress watch, you can expect the Yacht to make its mark. This watch comes with 5 hand Japanese Miyota analog movement, 44mm 316L marine-grade stainless steel case and 3 link bracelet with safety clasp, and hardened mineral crystal.
1. The Sun by VEJRHOJ
Add a touch of the Nordic lifestyle into your own life with the Sun timepiece. The Sun by VEJRHOJ is an elegant and unique example of the blending of a polished smooth, walnut wood dial with a stunning gold finish. VEJRHOJ is an award winning, design-driven Danish company where the idea of successfully merging various materials into one, solid timepiece is their goal. The Sun comes with a natural hardwood dial, scratch and shatter resistant crystal, Miyota 2025 Quartz movement, and stainless steel coated with PVD for durability. The quick release, gold mesh band is interchangeable with other bands on their site. While each of their timepieces exude a certain uniquenss, it's the Sun that captures the momentum of the times.
Written by Garrett Parker
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