What is a minimalist watch? Well, a minimalist watch is a watch that is simple and elegant without needing any fancy features. These days everyone and their dog is trying to turn watches into a complicated affair for the sake of grabbing the most eyes. To achieve this, often the watchmakers include a lot of unnecessary fluff to make the watch look cool. While this philosophy works out great if one manages to execute their vision well. Often, the execution is poor and just makes the thing feel cumbersome.
This is why nowadays more and more people are gravitating towards a minimalist watch. With the advent of modern smartwatches which use technological wizardry to achieve the same results as their overengineered analog counterparts, the existence of the said cumbersome watches has become ever more dubious.
What is a minimalist watch?
Now, I am not saying that we should throw out the likes of Hublot MP 05 La Ferrari Aperta. After all, that watch is a masterpiece similar to the ones in its class. You can definitely wear it when you wish to make a statement. But, that watch isn’t something you will want to daily drive. If you want to know just the time without anything else distracting you or outright making it hard, a minimalist watch is the best option.
By this point, you may assume that a minimalist watch is just a basic and plain-looking watch. But, that would be a wrong assumption. Because, by the virtue of not focusing on fluff, a minimalist watch can refine what it has and become something classy and appealing. A watch you can easily wear to the office and not feel bad if you mistakenly wear it to a party as it would never feel out of place.
So, which minimalist watch is worth your money? How much does a minimalist watch even cost? The answer to those questions is Yes, and less than what you are thinking. Therefore, to help you decide which one to splurge on, we have created a list of the top 10 watches in this category. Each of these is awesome and worth every penny that you will spend.
Without furder ado, here is the list in no specific order.
Melbourne Watch Co. Portsea Collection
This minimalist watch is the perfect mashup of design and function. The dial of this watch has a nice texture and the watch hands are made of steel and have a nice blue color. The casing also has a wonderful polish and the whole package comes together neatly with the blue leather strap.
The best part is that the Seiko NH35 automatic movement powers this minimalist watch which makes it a great value.
Ambassador Watches – Heritage 1959
This classy minimalist watch is a part of the Heritage Collection. Ambassador Watches name the watches in this collection after the year from which they drew the inspiration for that watch.
The watch body is tiny and has a thickness of 9mm with a diameter of 40mm. Under the protective sapphire glass lies a beautiful pattern consisting of concentric circles. The outer casing of this minimalist watch is gold in color and pairs well with the brown or black leather straps. Though, if you are feeling extra fancy, you can choose the mesh strap, which, in my humble opinion looks the best.
The watch is powered by a Miyota Quartz movement which is one of the most widely used quartz movements in the world.
Skagen – Ryle Two-Hand Silver-Tone
The watches made by Skagen are a symphony of style and minimalism. The Ryle Two-Hand Silver-Tone in Steel Mesh is no different. This minimalist watch is the perfect combo of a simple design and innovation in timekeeping which makes it both bold and subtle.
The dial has a square layout that breaks free from the monotonous round shape and is done in a way that can’t be easily imitated.
Vincero Collective – The Kairos Automatic
Vincero Collective’s very first shot at creating a minimalist watch with an automatic movement. This limited edition watch looks elegant and is individually numbered. This simple watch has a design that is anything but boring and comes in blue or black color.
In the words of its makers, “It’s a modern watch that runs like a classic.” And, we feel that it is a must-have for your collection!
Paulin – Commuter Automatic
This minimalist watch is Paulin’s first attempt at making a mechanical timepiece. The watch has a silver dial with a bespoke Geo typeface. The design follows the principles of Art Deco. This is short for Arts Décoratifs whose main characteristics are rich colors, bold geometry, and decadent detail work.
It has extraordinary craftsmanship and no minimalist watch collection will be complete without it.
Rossling & Co – Regatta
This minimalist watch features a beautiful white dial and blue hands in a silver case. The watch is powered by a Japanese automatic movement and it includes a date window visible at 3 o’clock. It looks best paired with the ink-black strap. Though, other color options are also available if black isn’t to your liking.
MVMT Watches – The 40
MVMT has created a minimalist watch that masterfully blends contemporary design and quality. The watch itself is quite versatile and very sleek. It also comes with an automatic movement and is well constructed which makes this watch a great value.
Miansai – M12 Shark
A minimalist watch that is made to grab your attention. This watch sports an unconventional design and is only 6mm in thickness. The balanced layout of the dial and the subtle grey facade make it look modern and clean. The watch hands are also well designed and the thoughtful watch construction ensures comfort for the wearer.
The brown leather strap accompanying this watch has a nice leopard print and it also has a black color option with the same print. Overall, the watch is good enough to compliment your daily work attire or any other outfit you may choose to pair it with.
Nordgreen – Philosopher
Made in collaboration with the famous designer Jakob Wagner, this minimalist watch is a stunner. Located in Copenhagen, Denmark, the design of this watch reflects the minimalist way of life led by the people there.
This watch utilizes understated design elements to leave a lasting impression on any onlookers. The company offers two sizes for this watch along with a plethora of colors and numerous interchangeable straps. Best of all, this elegant watch hits a perfect price point making the purchase of this watch a no-brainer.
Solios – Nova Silver Mesh
Solios is a brand with a focus on sustainability. This is why they created this solar-powered minimalist watch. To make it, they fused cutting-edge technology with an aesthetically pleasing design and durable materials. It comes at an impressive thickness of 7.5mm as opposed to other solar watches which are usually thicker than it.
This watch offers a 6-month power reserve and can be charged hassle-free using solar power. This also makes this watch last longer in comparison to other watches as there is no need to ever open it to replace the battery. The best part of purchasing this watch is that with every sale of this watch, you will be helping Solios protect an acre of rainforest. Therefore, by buying this watch, not only you will look cool but you will also help them keep the earth cool.
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