Smartwatches are great for tracking your steps and setting goals, but there are times when you want a proper watch on your wrist: one with exquisite detail, sharp dials, and sleek quarter movements. While you can change out the strap of a smartwatch, the rest of the design is pretty standard and a little clunky, especially if you’re dressing up for a night out. Analog watches, on the other hand, come in all sizes, shapes, and colors, giving you the flexibility to wear a different one every day, depending on your mood or look.
There’s also something to be said for unplugging for a moment and freeing yourself from the constant pings and alerts of a smartphone. Instead, you can focus on the essentials – the date and time – and take advantage of fashion possibilities. Try a sporty-chic look, a sleek digital option, a retro G-Shock in a fun color, an ultra-shiny design that doubles as a strap. Or consider investing in an heirloom quality piece that adds instant polish and will never go out of style. If you can’t quite give up the tracking, there’s even a low-key smartwatch that’s sophisticated enough to pair with cocktail dresses or party dresses.
The beauty of chic watches is that you can rotate them with your other watches and create a versatile collection that will serve you well. It’s also a great time to shop, to start the year with a new appreciation for craftsmanship, style (and punctuality). Here, 11 of the best watches for every price point and every fashion taste.
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Paris-based Briston specializes in modern sports watches, like this Clubmaster style with an olive-colored double wrap bracelet, sword-shaped hands and domed sapphire crystal dial. It’s sleek and versatile for drinks or weekend brunch.