Free of such distraction as tachymeter scales, moon phases, and power reserves, these watches’ minimalist aesthetics are a breath of fresh air. No, you can’t time a lap on them or use them to calculate airspeed, but what they offer instead is just as useful. In addition to hours, minutes, and seconds, these watches display something that we’d all be well-served to remember: in timekeeping as in life, sometimes less is more.
Panerai Radiomir 8 Days
The essential design of this watch remains unchanged since it was created for the Royal Italian Navy in the 1930s. It was designed to be easy to read underwater or in a gale, but its clean face and simple Arabic numerals look just as good on land.
Rado True Thinline Les Couleurs Le Corbusier Spectacular Ultramarine 4320K
In addition to being a master of modern architecture and furniture design, Le Corbusier was also a pioneer of colour theory. This watch, part of a nine-piece limited-edition set in high-tech ceramic, is a tribute to this legacy.
Nomos Club Sport Neomatik
Nomos is all about marrying contemporary design with traditional watchmaking. This piece, with its bold contrasting sans-serif numerals and a German-made in-house movement, hits on both levels.
Created in honour of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus, this piece adopts geometric shapes and primary colours inspired by the iconic designs of alumni like Wassily Kandinsky, Marcel Breuer, and Josef Albers.