Simple, clean designs are often thought to be the easiest to create. Unfortunately, the opposite is true. The cleaner the design of the watch, the more weight the individual details have on the overall appearance. The trick is to incorporate just the right elements, and not one more, and to create synergy between them. This is also a must-have otherwise your clean design would be boring. The following four watches are good examples that have succeeded perfectly.
NOTomos Orion 33 Duo
nomos is a brand that takes particular pleasure in perfecting all the details of its watches. The Orion 33 Duo is as simple as a mechanical watch, with just two hands and a hand-wound movement. It draws its character from the fine gold hands and indexes and the long lugs. The sapphire crystal of the domes further adds to its personality. The icing on the cake is the fact that you cannot see the beautifully finished in-house Alpha.2 caliber due to the closed back. As already mentioned, sometimes less is more.
Grand Seiko SBGY007 Omiwatari
That a more understated design often results in a sleeker watch is something Grand Seiko proves it with the SBGY007 Omiwatari. The dial is inspired by the frozen water of Lake Suwa and features an almost delicate texture. Due to the sleek look of the case, it becomes a focal point, but one that is best enjoyed up close and personal. This highlights another aspect of watches that privilege the philosophy of “less is more”, they are almost always a private pleasure.
Max Bill de Junghans
The Max Bill, created by the legendary Swiss designer of the same name, is a true design icon. It’s not a term to be used lightly and comes with its own set of challenges. We are now six decades after its introduction, and keeping it relevant to the market all this time is quite an achievement. junghan achieved this by respecting Bill’s work, while playing with the details. While the model above has the same 34mm diameter as the original, it now comes with an automatic movement, sapphire crystal and even a date function.
Chopard LUC XP
Chopard gave the traditional dress watch a more contemporary look with the LUC XP. The brushed blue dial isn’t as formal as the silver or black, while the red gold hands, numerals and indexes provide an attractive contrast. A stainless steel case can surprise, adding a casual touch that your suit won’t object to. The virgin wool strap plays an additional role, while Chopard underlines its reputation as a fine watchmaking brand by having an alligator leather lining. This creates the perfect understatement, purely for the enjoyment of the owner.
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