Timeless Simplicity

Perfectly Simple: 10 Great Minimalist Watches

August 11, 2016 Buying Guides By

Sinn 556 I

Not every minimalist design is some waifish dress watch. Minimalist watches can be tough and sporty too, as evidenced by the Sinn 556 I. 200 meters of water resistance, a bold, super-legible dial and a generous helping of glowing green lume make this watch as functional as it is handsome. Its pared-down pilot-watch looks blend classic military themes with an ultramodern vibe, and make this a natural choice for more casual wear.

Georg Jensen Koppel Automatic

Summed up in one sentence, the Koppel is a nearly perfect expression of Danish design. Everything here is pared down, not just minimal but almost skeletal. The hands are elegantly thin needles, and you won’t find any text or numerals here. The only markers are a ring of tiny black dots, unobtrusive but still easily legible. It’s the kind of thing you expect to see on the wrist of a famous architect.

Junghans Max Bill Chronoscope

The modern minimalist design movement started at the Bauhaus school in Germany in the early 20th century, and Max Bill was one of its greatest students. Responsible for one of the most famous pieces of designer furniture ever, the multipurpose Ulm Stool, Bill also laid down the groundwork for this watch in 1961. It’s remained nearly unchanged since.

Nomos Ahoi Atlantik

One of the oldest styles of watch in the world is the marine deck watch. The designs have been basically unchanged for many years, until now. Nomos changes that with their gorgeous Ahoi Atlantik, with a simplified nautical look and gorgeous deep-sea-blue dial. Its in-house caliber Epsilon movement is a work of art itself, richly decorated with Geneva stripes. It’s rare to ever see a pared-down take on anything nautical, and this rarity makes it a standout on our list.

Ochs und Junior Moonphase

Moonphase watches are considered by many to be some of the greatest expressions of watchmaking prowess. What they aren’t usually considered, however, is minimal — most moonphases are ornate, finely detailed pieces. The Ochs und Junior Moonphase bucks that trend in favor of a clean, simple design that also includes a novel date-indicator track. Even more impressively, it’s one of the most accurate moonphases in the world, needing readjustment every 3,478 years.

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