Easy, Cool Wristwatches

by Fashion Dude on February 17, 2013

Those of us who saw the Grammy awards past Sunday night undoubtedly caught wind of the dapper minimalism dominating celebrity style right now.  Everyone from Jay-Z and Tyrese Gibson to the guys from Fun, was decked out in their city-bests: tailored jackets, narrow lapels, mute-colored skinny ties, and pocket squares.  The lesson we learned is that, right now, stars are keeping accessories to a minimum, often opting only for the one indispensable menswear accessory – a nice wristwatch.

Tyrese Gibson red carpet

For the rest of us, copping the look of the clothes is easy enough, but what about adding a cool timepiece that fits the trend while still getting noticed?  Here’s a quick look at three wristwatches that work well in sharp, modern, stylistically simple ensembles, at prices that will work for any budget!

Stuhrling Original Belmont

Stuhrling men's watch

The Stuhrling Original Belmont nails down the minimalist look with a healthy dose of urban smarts.  Add points for the crocodile strap, black dial, and white numbers.  There’s something really metropolitan about this watch’s dressy vibe with clean, slightly-elongated numerals.  You’ll be hard pressed to find a sub-$100 watch from a more respected watchmaker that has as much timely sophistication as the Belmont.

Fossil Swiss Made Automatic Tan

casual men's watch

Fossil has entered the Swiss watch marketplace with a series of striking watches under $1000 each.  All four of the timepieces in the maker’s current lineup are great, but the tan model (which might as well be called light brown) stands out for its blend of modern minimalism and throwback style.  The dial of the Fossil Swiss Made Automatic Tan has cool hands and numbers at 12 and 6, contrasted against a black dial.  The watch gets extra points for nicely putting black and brown together.

Seiko Automatic Spring Dive

black seiko men's watch

The Seiko Spring Dive is another watch with a croc strap, and this one has a definite air of originality.  The black and silver design of the Spring Dive adds a modern spin to the traditional dive watch format – with welcome effect.  The old rules say that we should not wear our divers with our suits, but that’s a rule that is regularly broken, and this Seiko is an ideal watch to bend the rules with.  Seiko is known for making solid timepieces, and at $2800, you get what you pay for with the Spring Dive – quality.

red carpet photos via Just Jared


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