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 

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'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.

Instrmnt Applied Design

Instrmnt Applied Design 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 furthering its stock in the minimalist watch canon. 


Designed in Britain and made in Switzerland, every detail of Farer's watches are meticulously considered, from the premium metal casings to Italian calf leather straps and sapphire crystals. Embracing a sense of adventure from a selection of global explorers, each watch in Farer’s collection has a riveting back story and is designed to accompany their new owner through life’s journeys.

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

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 of its V01 and V02 models, which reference classic square designs of the ‘80s, while still maintaining a minimal edge. 

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