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. 1115 Metro Neomatik Midnight Blue Watch
  2. 1112 Metro 38 Urban Grey Watch
  3. Ludwig Neomatik 41 Date Watch
  4. 553 Atlantic Ahoi Watch
  5. 744 Club Neomatik Siren White Watch
  6. 1205 Minimatik Midnight Blue Watch
  7. 388 Orion 38 Midnight Blue Watch
  8. 172 Tangente Power Reserve Watch
  9. 580 Tangente Sport Neomatik 42 Date Watch
  10. 603 Tangomat Ruthenium Watch
  11. 1302 Autobahn Neomatik 41 Date Midnight Blue Watch
  12. 807 Zürich World Time Midnight Blue Watch
  13. 741 Club Neomatik Atlantic 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. 

  1. Hem
    Black / White Brick Throw
  2. Traveller Spectacles
    From £95
  3. Walnut Grace Leather Pot Chair
  4. Khaki Worker Jacket
  5. Black 10.5" Walton iPad Air Leather Sleeve
  6. Copper Silo Wall Clock
  7. Oatmeal Brera Polo Shirt
  8. White Linen Fitted Sheet
    From £70


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. Black Bezel D Series Watch
    From £595
  2. Tan Unstitched Leather Watch Straps
  3. Olive Nato Gabric Watch Straps
  4. K-100 Black / Black Watch
  5. Black Rubber Watch Straps
  6. White Leather Marching Suede Sneakers
  7. Raymond Pettibon, No Title (The Bright Flatness)
  8. Grape Leaf Bonded Dunoon Short Coat
  9. Oak Tall Double Shelving System

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. Light Grey Concrete / Oak Small C2 Pendant Light
  2. Silk Leather Outline Armchair
  3. Black Ash / Brass Turning Table
  4. Sunset Orange Cabin Suitcase
  5. Silver Hexagon Pendant
  6. Landau Sofa
    From £1,199
  7. Charcoal Grey Linen Duvet Cover
    From £160
  8. Forest Green / Orange 991 Sneakers

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. 22MM STRAP: SL22-LB/GO Watch Strap
  2. PKG01-SI/BL/WH Watch
  3. PKG01-GO/DB/WH Watch
  4. 22MM STRAP: SL22-GR/SI Watch Strap
  5. Gold 22MM Milanese Bracelet

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