7 minimalist watches that won’t break the bank

As we become ever more reliant on our smartphones as a means of keeping time, the wristwatch has become an accessory that distinguishes a man from a gentleman. The modern gentleman requires a watch that fits seamlessly into his lifestyle and is capable of being worn in whatever situation a gentleman finds himself in, especially when it comes at a price point that works for him. This may be why minimalist watches have become so popular: the less complicated a watch looks, the more wearable it is.

1. Grand Frank – Aberdeen white leather watch

A very simple take on the classic wristwatch with a stainless steel case and matching minimalist markers and hands, the bright white face and a second had on the face of the watch keeps it clean and slick. The alligator style leather strap adds a certain edge and it truly doesn’t get much more classic than this.

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2. Erroyl – Heritage collection

Refined and elegant, Erroyl’s Heritage Collection is their take on a classic dress watch. Each model features a precision Japanese Miyota Cal. 9015 automatic movement with a date complication at the three marker and Roman numerals at the six and twelve markers. The black and silver construction makes this the perfect daytime to evening watch perfect to wear with both a suit or when you’re off the clock.

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3. Shore Projects – Project 3 Newquay model

This watch is inspired by the look of classic explorer watches, the face is very simple in style however, the navy colouring with contrasting white numbers and markers gives this watch an interesting point of difference along with the very slim profile. The Milanese strap gives this a traditional feel, but through the innovative interchangeable strap mechanism, there are a myriad of options that allow you to change the strap to suit your style.

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4. Domeni Co – Leather signature series watch

The mission statement set out by Domeni Co was to deliver a well-designed product that bridges the gap between lifestyle and luxury. The outcome is a watch that merges the idea of the classic wristwatch with a modern aesthetic, and within the signature series they have achieved exactly that. Featuring a stainless steel case and a Swiss-made Far-East 1069 movement, this all black timepiece is unmistakably masculine with red accents on the hands which makes them them stand out.

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5. Montîere – Rouése MMXV

Montîere, which is derived from the latin word meaning ‘mountain’, wanted to create a wristwatch that is fundamentally driven by clean geometric forms and balanced visual composition. Taking their inspiration from the Bauhaus movement, which is famous for the absence of ornamentation and the harmony between the function of an object or a building and its design.

The brand came up with three key pillars they wanted the brand to encapsulate, a need to provide an exemplary product experience that can match the luxury brands that are often the reserve of the wealthy, inspired by the minimalism of early 20th century architecture and most importantly sources the components of its timepieces from the long standing tradition of crafts in the alpine countries. All of these elements can be seen in the Rouése MMXV; flawless, round, the epitome of simplicity. Featuring a Swiss-made movement, genuine italian leather strap and with the Matterhorn etched into the case back as a reminder of the brands core inspiration and values this is a timepiece any gentleman would be proud to own.


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6. Corniche – Heritage 40

Taking their inspiration from the Cote D’Azur and creating a timepiece to match the effortless style of those that frequent these most desirable of shorelines, the Herritage 40 is the perfect mix of tradition and the clean lines expected by today’s modern gentleman. This model comes in three different finishes, yellow gold, Rose gold and stainless steel. All feature a Japanese quartz movement, clean ceramic dials, hand applied polished markers and dauphine hands as well as genuine leather straps and a newly designed watch back featuring the Mediterranean pine tree as an emblem of the brand. There is also a limited edition version, the limited edition Visage No 2, which has a lighter, fresher feel than the more traditional heritage 40 especially given the graphite blue face for the gentleman who wants both sophistication and something that will stand out from the crowd.

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7. Unknown – Engineered leather

Shoreditch based label Unknown create contemporary masculine watches with a minimalist aesthetic and handpicked quality components at their heart. Named after the anonymous creator of the first wristwatch, the creators like to remain anonymous as well. Inspired by everything from fashion, to art, to all things vintage, each of their ranges keeps within the minimalist ideas of the brand but takes a different approach each time. All models are hand finished and run on Japanese quartz movements. This engineered model features a brown leather strap, and brushed steel case and numeral markers on top of a black face. Keeping things clean and simple.

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(Main and featured image: Shore Projects)

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