The Best Minimalist Watch Designs to Up Your Style Game

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Nothing can change the way a casual or a formal outfit looks quite like a beautifully designed minimalist watch. And it’s not just about the look either. This small accessory can inspire more confidence or even make you see the passage of time differently. Thankfully, there are many minimalist watch brands who produce stunning timepieces. So, we have gathered some of the most impressive watches we could find. Because the best minimalist watch men who love good design can buy is the one that is timeless yet also creative. From almost spartan to artistic, abstract, industrial, and classic, these are our favorite minimalist watches.

 

Miansai M24 II Black

An effortlessly stylish design.

Part of the Miansai collection, the M24 II Black watch celebrates the beauty of minimalist design. The face is simple and elegant at the same time, with two hands and minimal line markers. Only the brand’s name and “M24” appear on the black dial in contrasting white. The 39mm stainless steel case houses a quality Japanese quartz movement. On the front, there’s a flat mineral glass window. Finally, this minimalist watch comes with a black strap made from genuine Italian leather. Plus, this watch can be customized with a monogram, making it the perfect gift.

Buy $195

4th Dimension Concrete Watch

A design inspired by architecture.

A minimalist watch doesn’t have to look too simple or even spartan. Take the 4th Dimension Concrete Watch from 22 Design Studio, for example. Inspired by architectural elements, the timepiece features a spiral staircase dial made of high density concrete. Three golden hands complete the creative design. Like other products from this series, the watch comes with a Miyota movement and a 42mm stainless steel case with a durable PVD finish and a sapphire glass lens. This version comes with a green leather strap.

Buy $380

Normal Timepieces Tokiji

A minimalist watch that pays homage to the ‘70s.

Some minimalist watch brands like Tokyo-based Normal Timepieces create fun timepieces that tell a story. In the case of the Tokiji T22 watch, it’s the story of the seven-segment digit system introduced in digital watches in the ‘70s. However, this timepiece is analog. Its name also means “numerals that represent time” in Japanese, making for a great conversation starter. The 38mm stainless steel case has three pushers and comes with a hardened mineral glass. Underneath, there’s a liquid crystal display (LCD) that features a glare-free surface. This watch is also function-packed, featuring a date, second timezone, stopwatch, and an alarm.

Buy $225

NOMOS Glashütte Autobahn

An award-winning, automotive-inspired watch.

The best minimalist watch men can buy is the one that best showcases their interests. The NOMOS Glashütte Autobahn is perfect for automotive fans. Why? Because this timepiece draws inspiration from racing cars. Created in a collaboration between designer Werner Aisslinger and NOMOS Glashütte’s design department, this minimalist watch has a sporty aesthetic. Underneath the sapphire glass, there’s a curved dial with a three-lane date window, a subdial, and design cues that remind of a car’s speedometer. Other features include an exhibition back and innovative NOMOS neomatik date caliber movement. This watch has received several awards, including the Red Dot Design Award, Good Design Award, and German Design Award.

Buy $4800

Aark Collective Interval

Bringing color to minimalist watch design.

Made by Melbourne-based watch brand Aark Collective, Interval is an effortlessly elegant watch designed to brighten any outfit. This timepiece boasts a clean dial with only small line markers and three hands. The use of different hues for the dial and hands ensures optimal legibility but also adds a pop of color to the simple design. Made with a brushed and polished 36mm stainless steel case, the watch features a sapphire coated mineral glass cover, a Japanese quartz movement, and an Italian calfskin leather strap. This design also comes in different colorways.

Buy $119

Unimatic U1 Classic

A diving watch designed and made in Italy.

Maybe the best minimalist watch men with active lifestyles can wear, U1 Classic is also a great example of modern Italian style. The watch is part of the Unimatic Classic series. However, this design offers more than a minimalist take on sporty designs. It’s a professional diver watch that is specially crafted to handle depths of up to 300m/1000ft, or 30atm. Plus, it’s made in Italy. U1 Classic comes with a 40mm case with a mono-directional security bezel, 2.5mm thick double domed sapphire glass, and a black matte dive dial with a Super-LumiNova® C3 pale green coating. Each watch has an individual number and comes in a special Unimatic rigid case.

Buy $600

Bulbul Watches Pebble 03

A minimal watch inspired by river and beach pebbles.

Bulbul Watches is one of our favorite minimalist watch brands, so we had to include one timepiece from their collection on our list. Designed by Danish design trio KiBiSi, Pebble 03 references the smooth curves of the pebbles found on Scandinavian coasts. The watch has a distinctively shaped case and an ultra-minimal dial that boasts only two hands. Crafted to last and to look beautiful at the same time, this timepieces features a Swiss gold-plated movement with 4 jewels, a sapphire crystal glass, and an Italian leather strap. This design also comes with a German-made steel band.

Buy $400

Eone Bradley Apex Nylon Black

A creative watch designed for everyone, including blind people.

Eone is also one of the minimalist watch brands we love. Not just because they make stunning timepieces, but also because they create watches for everyone, including sighted or blind people. The Bradley Apex watch features the brand’s signature design with ball bearings that mark the hour and minute on the side of the case and front of the dial, respectively. This version comes with a silver case and a black NATO strap. Inside the 40mm ceramic case, there’s a Ronda quartz movement made with Swiss parts.

Buy $260

MIH Gaïa Series II

A limited-edition timepiece designed for a good cause.

All these minimalist watches are beautifully designed, but the MIH Gaïa Series II timepiece also helps to support a good cause. Musée International d’Horlogerie (MIH) launched the watch as part of a campaign to raise funds for the restoration of the museum’s 19th century Tellurium. This second version of the Gaïa timepiece features several updates on the original. Upgrades include a black, nickel-plated sunburst dial and a rhodium-plated hour disc along with a domed minute disc. Other features include a 39mm case, anti-reflective sapphire glass, and a self-winding mechanical SW400-1 caliber movement with 26 jewels. This design is one of only 75 pieces, so it’s a great collector’s watch.

Buy $3200

I—AD’s The Field Watch

A solar-powered timepiece.

Named The Field Watch, this timepiece stands out in our list of minimalist watches thanks to its innovative design. The best minimalist watch for men who are passionate about environmental issues, this product is specially designed to charge under natural or artificial light. Under the custom dial, there are solar cells that power up the Seiko VS37A solar movement for up to three months on a single charge. Instrmnt Applied Design (I—AD) created the watch with an aesthetic reminiscent of early 20th century military watches. This timepiece is beautifully crafted with a three-part steel case. Each watch also comes with several extras, including a recycled microfiber cloth and a special cleaning agent that suits the chosen strap.

Buy $300

Ochs & Junior Settimana Raw

A watch with an industrial-style design.

Designed by Ludwig Oechslin, co-founder of Swiss minimalist watch brand Ochs & Junior, Settimana Raw is a great choice for those who love industrial design. Similarly to other products from the company’s collection, this watch is ingeniously simple. It features a minimal dial with cut outs that mark the day of the week and simple black hands that boast a Super-LumiNova coating. Both the case and the dial feature an unfinished surface that showcases the traces left by the machining process. A gray palette completes the industrial-style design. This watch comes with a Sellita SW 200-1 automatic movement and a handmade textile strap.

Buy $2500

10:10 by Nendo Buckle Watch

A minimalist watch with an innovative strap system.

Like its name suggests, the 10:10 by Nendo Buckle series draws inspiration from the belt buckle system to revamp the classic wristwatch strap. In the Buckle Watch Colors collection, the original design remains the same, but the timepieces come in a range of gorgeous monochrome palettes. The limited-edition watches have a clean dial with three-dimensional markers and three hands. Made with 36mm stainless steel cases, the watches come with a Japanese quartz movement and a strap that matches the color of the dial. The collection features five color options, including red, green, blue, and beige.

Buy $185

Max Bill Automatic Bauhaus

A Bauhaus-inspired watch.

Junghans is one of the minimalist watch brands we love because they draw inspiration from Bauhaus design principles to create elegant and modern timepieces. The Max Bill Automatic Bauhaus watch is a great example. Clean and minimal, the dial optimizes legibility without losing one ounce of refinement. This timeless watch has a matte white dial with slender hands and red accents. An environmentally friendly luminous coating ensures that the user can tell the time even in low lighting conditions. At the back, the exhibition case offers a beautiful view of the J800.1 self-winding movement. Other features include a convex sapphire crystal glass with an anti-reflection coating and a calf leather strap.

Buy $1400

Max Bill Chronoscope

A design that celebrates the beauty of simplicity.

Like other watches from Junghans’ Max Bill collection, this watch is as effortlessly elegant as it is timeless. The Max Bill Chronoscope has a Bauhaus-style design with a minimalist dial. Even though it has a stopwatch and a date function along with a separate subdial for the small seconds, the dial is clean and simple. Perhaps the best minimalist watch for men who are fans of the iconic Max Bill and the Bauhaus movement, this timepiece is also made to last. It features a 40mm stainless steel case with a durable PVD finish and a domed hard plexiglass with a scratch-resistant coating. Inside the case, there’s a self-winding J880.2 movement with a power reserve of up to 48 hours.

Buy $2250

Archimede 1950-3

A watch inspired by vintage timepieces.

Part of Archimede’s 1950 collection, the Archimede 1950-3 watch stands out in the series with a more minimalist design. Similarly to the other designs from the same line, the watch draws inspiration from vintage watches. It features a signature domed dial and curved hands as well as a stainless steel Ickler case with an onion crown and an exhibition back. The watch comes with either black or blue dials with a brushed and polished finish and with vintage-style leather straps or more modern Milanese metal straps. Finally, you can also choose the movement. The Swiss SW 200-1 automatic movement comes as standard, but this minimalist watch brand also offers an optional hand-wound SW 215 movement.

Buy $850

TID Watches No.1

A simple and versatile watch.

Stockholm-based TID Watches make timepieces with a forward-thinking designs. Their No.1 watch is the best minimalist watch men who love versatile, timeless designs can buy. Indeed, this design is so popular, it’s currently sold out on the brand’s website. And it’s easy to see why. Minimal and stylish, the watch has a simple dial with hour makers, small dots that indicate the minutes, and three hands. Made of stainless steel, the case features either a monochromatic brushed steel finish or a black ion coating. Other features include a mineral glass dial window, a Japanese quartz movement, and a leather strap.

Buy $225

Defakto Vektor Orbit

A retro-futuristic watch with a minimalist style.

Following on the footsteps of the original Defakto Vektor series, the Vektor Orbit watch combines subtle retro and futuristic cues in a simple, minimalist design. The dial appears deceptively simple at a glance, but it features distinctive elements. Among them, the convex dial and a domed sapphire crystal glass. Thin lines mark the minutes and hours, while subtly rounded hands and a sweeping seconds hand show the current time with precision. Made in Germany, the watch comes with a 40mm stainless steel Ickler case, a Swiss automatic Eta 2824-2 movement, luminescent hands, an exhibition caseback, and a leather strap.

Buy $920

Bólido Elegance

A watch inspired by precision.

Designed in a collaboration between designer Simon Husslein and Ventura Watch Company founder Pierre Nob, the Bólido Elegance watch offers a minimalist take on contemporary watch design. The timepiece draws inspiration from the concept of precision, with the name Bólido chosen for its Spanish meaning of “meteor.” Boasting a distinctive silhouette, the case is made from surgical grade stainless steel and has a monocoque construction. Other creative details include a crown placed at the 12 o’clock position and dual-tone hands, with the seconds hand boasting a red tip.  This Swiss watch has received some prestigious design awards, including the Red Dot Design Award and the Good Design Award.

Buy $695

Anicorn X Order TTT2 Watch

A new way of showing the time.

For the second design of the The Trio of Time (TTT) project, Hong Kong-based minimalist watch brand Anicorn partnered with Brooklyn-based design studio Order. The Anicorn X Order watch has an imaginative design that puts the passage of time in a new light. Inspired by the concept of slow living, the watch has a dial with no hands or classic markers, but a pattern of dots and lines. The dial rotates, with the dots revealing the hour and the minute. Precision becomes less important here, as time seems to slows down. The watch has a 40mm case with a K1 mineral glass window and comes with a high-grade Swiss Ronda Caliber 515 Quartz movement and leather straps that match the dial’s color.

Buy $229

Hodina Oslo Black

A watch inspired by Scandinavian design.

Based in Auburn, WA, Hodina is one of the minimalist watch brands to watch for, as they make elegant and versatile timepieces. Passionate about minimalist design in general, founders and husband and wife team Vadim and Dasha have put together a beautiful collection of simple and stylish designs. Oslo Black has caught out attention. Inspired by Scandinavian design, it features a clean dial with subtle line markers and numerals along with two hands and a small date window. Italian and Japanese components combine in a quality build. Oslo comes with a 38mm surgical grade stainless steel case with a PVD brushed finish, a highly scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass, a Japanese movement, and an Italian leather strap.

Buy $200

Braun BN0278 Automatic

An award-winning timepiece.

Creative details make the BRAUN BN0278 automatic watch lead in a crowd of modern timepieces. The dial is simple and understated, but also features two signature BRAUN details. The central second hand has a vibrant yellow color, while the date window boasts a red chevron accent. On the front, the sapphire crystal offers excellent scratch resistance. On the dial, Super-LumiNova accents enhance legibility in different lighting conditions. The watch comes with a 40mm stainless steel case and an automatic movement with a power-reserve of 41 hours. A black rubber strap completes this sportier minimalist watch. The BRAUN BN0278 watch has received the Red Dot Design Award.

Buy $600

Uniform Wares M37 PreciDrive

An elegantly simple watch.

The best minimalist watch men can buy is one that works well with virtually any outfit. Like the Uniform Wares M37 PreciDrive three-hand watch. Versatile and simple, the watch features a black dial with three, diamond cut hands and traditional pad printed line indexes. The M-line lunette case is made from stainless steel and comes with a Swiss-made, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with a multilayered, anti-reflective coating. Inside, there’s a Swiss ETA F03.401 PreciDrive movement with 3 jewels. This watch comes with a selection of strap options, including Italian rubber, leather, or laser-fused titanium mesh.

Buy $400

Linjer’s The Classic Watch

A modern classic.

Linjer is a minimalist watch brand that sells watches and jewelry directly to customers. This allows the company to use high-end components like Swiss movements and ethically soured stones, but keep the prices affordable. The Classic Watch is a beautiful timepiece from their collection. Inspired by the Oslo Opera House, the watch features a two-layer lacquer varnish dial with debossed minute markers. The stainless steel case boasts a brushed finish while the domed sapphire features anti-reflective coating. The watch comes with a Ronda 5 series quartz movement and an Italian full grain vegetable-tanned leather strap with a quick-release system. Finally, you can choose between two case sizes: 38mm or 41mm.

Buy $240

Void Watches V01MKII

A digital watch with a rectangular case.

Swedish designer and mechanical engineer David Ericsson launched Void Watches with a series of digital timepieces, the V01 series. Their distinctive rectangular shape and modern take on retro digital dials made them a huge success. The V01MKII watch is a natural choice for our list of minimalist watches. Perfect for anyone who loves digital timepieces, this watch features an LCD dial with a backlight and a signature half-size sapphire crystal. Made from stainless steel, the case has a matte IP black finish. This watch also comes with an Italian black leather strap with a quick-release mechanism.

Buy $265

Monofore M01 Silver Watch

An elegant rectangular watch.

If you love rectangular watches AND minimalist design, the Monofore M01 might be the perfect choice. This elegant and classic watch is timeless and versatile. It has a rectangular stainless steel case that measures 38mm x 28mm. On the curved dial, polished stainless steel indexes add a lustrous accent to the matte white face. Embedded in the case, the crown remains hidden when the watch is seen from above, enhancing the clean, minimal look. Other features include a domed mineral glass, a Seiko Japanese quartz movement, and a full grain Italian leather strap.

Buy $260

Ochs & Junior Perpetual Calendar

A creative dial with multiple disks.

Designed by Ludwig Oechslin, the Ochs & Junior Perpetual Calendar watch has a creative design that uses only dots and lines instead of numerals or classic indexes. The dial is complex but minimal and clean. It features a date disk and a month disk as well as a leap year wheel, a seconds disk, and a power reserve indicator. Made with a brushed gray finish, the dial features rhodium markers and brushed platinum hands. The watch comes with a 42mm grade 5 titanium case. Different versions include an all-titanium design, watches with red, orange, and blue accents, and a version with a patinated brass dial.

Buy $22000

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