You can’t go wrong with a minimal watch. Simple in design and easy to wear with a range of looks, minimal watches are versatile, understated and look as good now as they will in ten years time. 

What is a minimal watch?

Minimal watches live up to their name. With their pared back dials, simple straps and lack of extraneous detailing, minimalist watches are favoured by those who prefer clean, uncluttered design. 

Usually coming under the dress watch category, minimal watches tend to be ‘time only’ pieces, meaning they lack any sophisticated complications like world timers or diving bezels. As such, they tend to pair well with similarly refined outfits - think indigo denim jeans, penny loafers and overshirts

Best minimal watch brands 

NOMOS Glashütte

NOMOS Glashütte embodies all that we admire about minimal design. The brand’s unique design aesthetic incorporates aspects of Bauhaus, which can be seen in the font choice and symmetrical aspects of its dials. 

Each watch is made by hand in Germany, and features an in-house mechanical movement, developed and produced in the mountains in Glashütte, where NOMOS is based. Understated, sophisticated design ensure that a NOMOS timepiece looks great with whatever you choose to wear with it.

  1. 383 Orion 38 Grey Watch
  2. 1102 Metro 38 Date Watch
  3. 172 Tangente Power Reserve Watch
  4. 251 Ludwig Automatic Watch
  5. 744 Club Neomatik Siren White Watch
  6. 580 Tangente Sport Neomatik 42 Date Watch
  7. 552 Atlantic Ahoi Watch
  8. 635 Tangomat GMT Watch
  9. 1113 Metro Neomatik 39 Watch
  10. 603 Tangomat Ruthenium Watch

TID Watches

TID Watches distinctly minimal aesthetic boils its watches down to the bare essentials. Its dials are stark, with simply laid out numbers easy to read and its three hand set up even more so. 

Founded in 2012 by Ola E. Bernestål, Petrus Palmér and design studio Form Us With Love’s Jonas Pettersson and John Löfgren, the brand has carved out an impressive niche in that short space of time. Look out for its No. 1 watch - a signature piece with curved lugs, shortened hands and a protruding crown. 

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Instrmnt is a brand that takes the moniker ‘less is more’ to heart, much in the same way we do. With stripped back dials, a lack of extraneous detailing and high quality leather straps, Instrmnt’s watches are high quality and built to last. 

The utilitarian feel across its offering is consistent, meaning an Instrmnt timepiece is easy to spot in a crowd. Taking its design cues from mid century industrial design, the brand has also recently ventured into mechanical watchmaking, only further its stock in the minimal watch canon. 

  1. K-100 Black / Black Watch
  2. Black Rubber Watch Straps
  3. Olive Nato Gabric Watch Straps
  4. 01-A Gunmetal / Tan Watch
  5. Black Bezel D Series Watch
    From £595
  6. Tan Unstitched Leather Watch Straps
  7. 01-B Rose Gold / Brown Watch
  8. 01-C Silver / Black Watch
  9. Black La Cucaracha Swim Shorts

About Vintage

Although it references vintage watches across its entire range, About Vintage stays up to date through modern design details and 21st century mechanical movements, which will continue to power them for decades to come. 

Making use of the brand’s Scandinavian heritage, founders Thomas Gyvelgaard Andersen & Sebastian Skov Regeser make use of gold, rose gold and silver coloured cases in their designs, with wear well with similarly minimal clothing the likes of Oxford shirts, chinos and comfortable sneakers. 

  1. White / Steel 1844 Chronograph Watch
  2. Steel / Blue 1926 At'sea Watch
    From £341
  3. Rose Gold / Black Vintage 1969 Watch
  4. Steel / Black 1971 Automatic Watch
  5. Steel / Steel Blue 1926 At'sea Watch
    From £341
  6. Gold / Midnight Blue 1969 Special Edition Watch
  7. All Black / Black Vintage 1926 At'sea Watch
  8. Night Blue Sunray / Gold 1971 Swiss Made Automatic Watch
  9. Vintage Steel / Midnight Blue Special 1969 Edition Watch
  10. Rose Gold / Black 1971 Automatic Watch
  11. Gold / Black 1971 Automatic Watch
  12. Rose Gold / White 1969 Vintage Watch
  13. Steel / White 1971 Automatic Watch
  14. Steel / White 1820 Automatic Watch
  15. Steel / White 1969 Vintage Watch

VOID Watches

VOID watches keep its designs simple and its prices surprisingly affordable. Another Scandinavian brand with a focus on minimalism and pared back design, expect simple time only pieces with both leather and mesh bracelet options. 

Alongside its more traditional round cases, VOID is known for its square watches the likes off its V01 and V02 models, which reference classic square designs of the ‘80s, while still maintaining a minimal edge. 

  1. Black 22MM Milanese Bracelet
  2. PKG01-SI/LB/WH Watch
  3. Silver 22MM Milanese Bracelet
  4. PKG01-SI/MR/WH Watch
  5. 22MM STRAP: SL22-LB/SI Watch Strap
  6. 22MM STRAP: SL22-GR/SI Watch Strap
  7. PKG01-SI/BL/WH Watch

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