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Watches may have been designed as instruments for telling time but given the centuries of evolution, they are now valued for their engineering and aesthetics. Complications like heavy-duty tourbillons, detailed chronograph dials, and exacting annual calendars undeniably add to one’s style. But with so many mechanisms, how does simplicity come to the fore? Minimalism is increasingly becoming a way of life, and it’s reflecting in timepieces as well. Taking this into consideration, here are a few minimalist watches that we’ve been eyeing for a while. Here’s a look at understated elegance.

IWC Da Vinci Automatic

IWC Schaffhausen has a penchant for crafting elegant timepieces, and catering to the minimalist is their Da Vinci line. The one featured above is a stainless-steel cased automatic timepiece with a tiny date window at 6 o’clock. The steel strap contrasted with the silver dial not only gives off a casual vibe but is perfect for Monday morning meetings as well.

Price: Rs 4,24,000

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Omega De Ville

With dauphine hands set against a white dial, this Omega De Ville is all about vintage appeal. Its stainless steel case, Calibre 2500, and alligator-accent leather strap, all come together to create an old-school charm.

Price: Rs 2,17,000

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Panerai Radiomir

As far as dials are concerned, Panerai seems to have understood the minimalist watches aesthetic best. Keeping it simple in this design, the watchmaker employs dots and dashes as hour indicators, with a large ‘Radiomir Panerai’ branding at 12 o’clock. Underneath is a Calibre P3000 for this manually wound watch.

Price: Rs 4,84,000

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Grand Seiko Heritage

Grand Seikos have always had an unmatched allure, and we love its creative dials and ultra-efficient Quartz 9F83 movement. The honeycombed detailing on its dial might lead you to believe that it’s contradicting the appeal minimalist watches would have, but it’s only prominent upon close inspection.

Price: Rs 2,40,000

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Nomos Glashutte Orion

Definitely the most minimalist watch on this list, its grey dial bears a small seconds sub-dial with white and black indicators contrasting the dial’s tone. Being manually wound, this Nomos timepiece boasts an Alpha calibre.

Price: Rs 2,14,000

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master features a case of rose gold, and an automatic 899 calibre. The dial is a unique, metallic off-white, and once you flip it over, your eyes are treated to an open caseback. We’d stick with the classic rules of style with this one – match your leathers and sport a dress shirt with a black or blue jacket to pair with it. 

Price: Rs 9,86,000

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Mikhail Gomes
Senior Features Writer
A watch aficionado, Gomes also enjoys learning about fine whiskies, and one day hopes to establish his own menswear label. At Lifestyle Asia India, he writes on watches, menswear, auto and tech.