Women who swim against the current, who ignore the deafening whispers of the bourgeoisie: “It’s 2019, everyone has a cellphone, why wear that thing on your wrist? It’s trite. It’s corny. It’s self indulgent.”
Know now, these cowards will never understand. They have no taste. Watches are for the bold, for those whose disposable income allows for indulgence in the non-essentials. And that’s the point, wear something on your wrist that may tell time, but that you absolutely do not require for it’s time telling function, and announce to the world: I’ve made it. You’ve arrived baby. Here are our 10 picks for wearable wrist art most often referred to as a watch.
This sophisticated piece in white and saddle with gold trim is a classic that will stand the test of time. Built with a Miyota Japanese quartz 3 hand, a solid stainless steel case with a hardened mineral crystal, screw down caseback, the piece is a standard bearer of quality and is perfect for everyday wear.
A new timepiece start-up founded by two friends committed to living life on their own terms, Raymond and Pearl produces high quality Swiss designs at an affordable price, and their first line of Horizon timepieces come in a bold array of statement colors. The Champagne Pink and Grey Suede is constructed with sapphire crystal and stainless steel, providing a modern twist on classic Swiss design that perfectly fuses the brand’s emphasis on elegance and youth.
Time tested and affordable, Casio remains a staple of low budget watch design, especially among those who infuse their wardrobe with doses of irony. Of course this watch looks like the calculator you carried in your backpack and the watch you wore to summer camp. Isn’t that the point?
London-based accessories brand Olivia Burton debuted its first collection of vintage-inspired accessories in 2012, and since has developed a line of signature timepieces with the charm of antiques that will hold up over time. The Big Dial Black and Rose Gold watch has an oversized face and sophisticated combination of a black roman dial and rose gold ion-plated stainless steel case material.
Adding a smartwatch to our list, The Falster 2 from Skagen combines quality design with Google technology, boasting an interactive, swim-proof touchscreen and a range of smart features powered with Wear OS by Google™ including: heart-rate tracking, Google Assistant, smartphone notifications, activity tracking, Google Pay, GPS and other features. You’ll wear your tech in style with their minimalist design. Their guiding principle? Good design for better living.
Iconic British brand Daniel Wellington employs gentlemanly, classic designs suited for elegant men and women alike. Their Classic Petite Bristol is a representative piece in their collection, with a brown leather strap, black dial, and gold highlights that will never go out of style.
Detroit-based Shinola has made a mark as an American company bringing manufacturing back to the storied motor capital of the US. In 2011 the company built a watch factory, partnering with Swiss manufacturer Ronda AG, and released the Runwell two years later. This smaller version of their classic design is powered by Argonite 751 quartz movement and a mother of pearl dial is punctuated with rose gold-toned details for a romantic and classic style.
Barcelona-based MAM was founded in 2014 by a group of young entrepreneurs hoping to combine a dedication to the environment with a love for fashion and design. The result is a series of sustainable timepieces built from wood that are both elegant and functional. The Plano 661 is built using FSC certified ebony wood with a white dial and matte rose gold details. It’s the thinnest watch in their collection and extremely light, but also quite durable and waterproof.
Named for the Norwegian word for ‘lines’, Linjer was created to provide minimalist, luxury timepieces at an affordable price. Their delicate, minimalist Petite Watch is perfect for everyday use, especially for those with small wrists. It’s built with premium materials like a sapphire crystal and Italian vegetable-tanned leather straps that quiet-scream understated luxury.
Another Casio classic, the G-Shock S Series is basically the $20 watch on steroids. It’s the perfect throwback, sportswear inspired piece for athleisure devotees, and comes programmed with the bells and whistles that will make you feel like it’s 1998 and you’re wearing a beefcake Tamagotchi on your wrist. Equipped with an Auto LED light, Magnetic Resistance, four daily alarms, 1/1000th stopwatch and a speed indicator, The G-Shock is a hardcore performance wristwatch. Not for posers.
The Verdict: Best watches
For an investment in a classic design, an all-occasions staple that will never go out of style, we highly recommend Linjer’s Petite Watch. It’s still quite a bargain when compared with luxury prices and maintains standards of materials and design. For a piece with a bolder piece, Raymond & Pearl’s Horizon line comes in an array of colors that will elevate your daily look.
Of course, The Casio remains a classic suited for the sporty and fashionable.
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