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. 807 Zürich World Time Midnight Blue Watch
    £4,620
  2. 331 Orion White Watch
    £1,600
  3. 1106 Metro Neomatik Watch
    £3,040
  4. 767 Club Campus Neomatik 39 midnight blue Watch
    £2,340
  5. 1303 Autobahn Neomatik 41 Date Sports Grey Watch
    £3,800
  6. 175 Tangente Neomatik Watch
    £2,740
  7. 251 Ludwig Automatic Watch
    £2,460
  8. 781 Club Sport Neomatik 42 Date Black Watch
    £3,220
  9. 580 Tangente Sport Neomatik 42 Date Watch
    £3,980
  10. 1114 Metro Neomatik 39 Silvercut Watch
    £3,260
  11. 235 Ludwig 38 Watch
    £1,580
  12. 101 Tangente Watch
    £1,460
  13. 1103 Metro 38 Date Urban Grey Watch
    £2,500
  14. 603 Tangomat Ruthenium Watch
    £2,560
  15. 805 Zürich World Time Watch
    £4,500

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. White / Blue Nylon No.1 36mm Watch
    £159
  2. Steel / Navy Leather No.1 Watch
  3. Steel / Black Leather No.1 36mm Watch
    £169
  4. Steel / Tan Leather No.1 33m Watch
    £169
  5. White / Black Leather No.1 33mm Watch
    £169
  6. Black / Builders Club Limited Edition 005 Watch
    £90
  7. Gold / Black Nylon No.1 36mm Watch
    £159
  8. Steel / Salmon Twain No.2 36mm Watch
    £269
  9. White / Black Leather No.1 36mm Watch
    £169
  10. White / Black Leather No.1 40mm Watch
    £169
  11. Steel / Coal Twain Wristband No.2 40mm Watch
    £269
  12. Steel / Black Leather No.1 40mm Watch
    £169
  13. Black / Tan Leather No.1 36mm Watch
    £169
  14. Gold / Tan Leather No.1 33m Watch
    £169
  15. Steel / Navy Leather No.2 40mm Watch
    £269

Instrmnt

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. 01-A Gunmetal / Tan Watch
    £180
  2. 01-C Silver / Black Watch
    £180
  3. 01-B Rose Gold / Brown Watch
    £180
  4. K-100 Black / Black Watch
    £180
  5. Black Bezel D Series Watch
    £595
  6. Tan Stitched Leather Watch Straps
    £45
  7. Tan Unstitched Leather Watch Straps
    £40
  8. Black Rubber Watch Straps
    £40
  9. Olive Nato Gabric Watch Straps
    £25

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. Green / Steel 1815 Chronograph Watch
    £301
  2. Rose Gold / White 1969 Vintage Watch
    £224
  3. Rose Gold / White 1815 Chronograph Watch
    £319
  4. All Black 1926 At'sea Watch
    £301
  5. Steel / White 1820 Automatic Watch
    £462
  6. Rose Gold / White 1820 Chronograph Mesh Watch
    £480
  7. Steel / White 1969 Vintage Watch
    £206
  8. White / Steel / Brown 1815 Chronograph Watch
    £301
  9. Gold / Midnight Blue 1969 Special Edition Watch
    £224
  10. Black / Steel 1844 Chronograph Watch
    £301
  11. Night Blue Sunray / Gold 1971 Swiss Made Automatic Watch
    £897
  12. White / Steel 1844 Chronograph Watch
    £301
  13. Steel / Blue 1926 At'sea Watch
    £337
  14. Rose Gold / Black 1971 Automatic Watch
    £897
  15. Gold / Black 1971 Automatic Watch
    £897

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. V03D-BR/OL/WH Watch
    £178
  2. PKG01-GO/BL/BL Watch
    £162
  3. 22MM STRAP: SL22-LB/GO Watch Strap
    £41
  4. V03D-GO/LB/WH Watch
    £178
  5. V02MKII-GO/LB Watch
    £215
  6. PKG01-GO/OL/WH Watch
    £162
  7. V03D - METIS Watch
    £194
  8. V02MKII-SI/BL Watch
    £215
  9. V03D-GO/OL/WH Watch
    £178
  10. PKG01-SI/LB/WH Watch
    £162
  11. PKG01-GO/DB/WH Watch
    £162
  12. Silver 22MM Milanese Bracelet
    £57
  13. V03D-GO/BL/WH Watch
    £178
  14. PKG01-SI/MR/WH Watch
    £178
  15. V02MKII-BL/BL Watch
    £215

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