Declaration: We overlook the presence of a date function when we talk about ‘minimalist’ pieces here, thus slackening the very strict rules by a bit. Else, it’s just the basic timekeeping function that you will find in a true minimalist watch costing at least, a few thousand dollars.

The Minimalist design, as deemed by notable watchmakers around the world, invariably brings to the mind a thin case and strikingly simple aesthetics; it could be modern, vintage or retro. And certainly, there are a multitude of colors and straps to choose from in the Minimalist domain; including some of the silicon, rubber and ceramic types.

Still, somehow; the white dialed gold finished three-hander with a black or a tan/ brown leather strap image unfolds whenever we hear the word Minimalist. For minimalist watches started that way. Later on, colors and materials changed; the actual Minimalist types were classified further under minimalist dress watches. It is not to be confused with dress watches; a dress watch might have more than one complication into it and therefore; not a minimalist watch in its truest sense.

Compare the Presage above with a Hamilton American Classic Intra-Matic; the differences are clear. The Seiko Presage; however, I find it more appealing. I would also give a few grace points to the Citizen Super Titanium Automatic and include it into my very own minimalist repertoire.

The Fossil Groups’ Skagen brand introduced a modern interpretation of minimalist watches, some of which are pretty interesting and are not confined to formal clothes or atmospheres only. In fact, the Skagen Signatur – for example – is more suitable to business casuals than with a proper business suit. There is a black version  to it too, which goes very well with dark, dinner clothing. The black stainless-steel case is remarkable for its combination of a large diameter and a thin profile, barely thicker than the strap it comes with. It’s got a solid build and a completely uncluttered design.

Owning a minimalist watch; therefore, is no more a costly affair today as it’s not only Patek or Permigiani or Lange that create minimalistic watches; to be precise, minimalistic dress watches. Many more attractive and reliable timepieces in this particular category are available today and many among them are built to serve over multiple generations, acting as a family heirloom. There’s no fancy stuff involved with these; just the essential timekeeping function and at the most, a date. Added with other complications like a power-reserve or a GMT or chronograph functions, it might become one of the classiest dress watches around, but never a minimalist! Always remember: A minimalist watch will never pretend to be anything than it is, just like gentlemen of yore.

Watches mentioned in this post are listed below.  Click to see details and buy them: