You can’t go wrong with a minimalist watch. Understated in design and easy to wear with a range of looks, minimalist watches are versatile, fuss-free and guaranteed to look as good now as they will in ten years time.  

What is a minimalist watch?

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

Usually falling into the category of dress watches, minimalist watches do what watches were designed to do: tell the time. This means they lack any sophisticated complications like world timers or diving bezels, focusing only on what's necessary. As such, they tend to pair well with similarly refined outfits - think a pared-back uniform of indigo denim jeans, penny loafers and overshirt

Best brands for minimalist watches 

Nordgreen

Danish watch label Nordgreen is driven by a characteristically Scandinavian design philosophy, which results in elegantly pared-back timepieces with functionality at their core.

Nordgreen's chief designer is the award-winning Jakob Wagner, famed for his design work at major brands such as Bang & Olufsen and Hay. Of his approach to designing the Nordgreen collections, Wagner says "With a Nordic mindset on design, contemplation comes first. I look for meaning before I design anything. Then I turn to nature for inspiration, searching for the most harmonious expression."



NOMOS Glashütte

NOMOS Glashütte embodies all that we admire about minimalist 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 ensures that a NOMOS timepiece looks great with whatever you choose to wear with it.



Monofore

Monofore's distinctly minimalist aesthetic boils its watches down to the bare essentials. Its signature rectangular dials are stark, with subtly domed glass that's designed to eliminate shadows and create space. Even the Italian leather strap is stitch-free and super sleek.

The London-based brand was founded in 2019 and is already revolutionising the contemporary watch market with its perfectly pared-back timepieces that exude understated elegance. Team your Monofore watch with anything from jeans and a tee to tailored separates and loafers. Free of any extraneous aesthetic details or fussy look-at-me gimmicks, this is an accessory that doesn't need to shout to be heard.



Tusenö

Every detail of Tusenö's Swedish-designed, Swiss-made watches are meticulously considered, from the premium stainless steel casings to supple yet durable leather straps, domed sapphire crystal dials and sophisticated hybrid movements.

The ability to withstand trends to grow and age expertly over time has propelled Tusenö above the parapet of like-minded watch brands. Expect clean, considered design and top notch craftsmanship that will stand the test of time.



Tapferkeit

Inspired by Bauhaus design, British watch brand Tapferkeit creates minimalist watches that are made to last. The label's three subtle ranges - FurchtlosFreiheit and Löwenherz - each offer a distinct take on the Tapferkeit aesthetic. 

Choices on dial colours are those that would appeal to the Bauhaus founders. Form follows function remains the dominant ethos, whether your choice is midnight blue, subtle cream, classic white or statement black. Materials are key. High grade stainless steel is used for case construction while glass is anti-reflective domed sapphire. All watches are water resistant.



VOID Watches

VOID watches keep its designs understated and its prices surprisingly affordable. Another Scandinavian brand with a focus on minimalism and pared back design, VOID produces 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 of its V01 and V02 models, which reference classic square designs of the ‘80s, while still maintaining a minimal edge. 



Dalgado

Dalgado may be best known for its leather gloves and belts, but the Dusseldorf-based brand's small selection of Bauhaus-inspired watches also deserves a spot on your radar.

Assembled in Germany from high-quality Swiss components and accompanied by an elegant organic leather strap, each of the four styles is decisively pared-back in style with a clean dial and fuss-free silhouette. All watches are limited to 25 pieces worldwide. 



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