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Best minimalist watches made of wood

It can’t be denied that style has faced a massive transformation throughout the decades. From the prim and proper dress of the 50s and before, to the hippy-dippy countercultural fashion of the 60s, to the glitz and glam of the 70s-80s, to the uber-casual if not grungy fashion of the 90s-2000s and beyond, the only think that has remained consistent in fashion is that it always changes. Our current trend of minimalism seems to be holding on pretty strong so far. With 2020 fast-approaching, why not embrace this today by treating yourself to some of our best minimalist wood watches?  

What are Minimalist Watches?

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While it may seem rather straightforward, sometimes it’s difficult to recognize whether a watch is minimalistic, simple, or just bland. Minimalist watches (including those of the wooden variety) are characterized by sleek lines, monochromatic colors, and uncomplicated/streamlined designs. They are also often made out of higher-quality materials because minimalist watches strive to be classic, refined, and easily wearable rather than loud, flashy statement pieces. In other words, minimalist watches are kind of meant to be elevated basics. They’re the watch equivalent of a classic, black t-shirt or a perfectly fitted suit. It isn’t particularly earth-shattering, and it doesn’t shake up the fashion or accessory world as we know it – but it does take someone’s style game up a few notches while staying classic and familiar.   

Why are Minimalist Watches Trendy?

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One of the main reasons behind minimalist watches trendiness is largely built into the product. Minimalist watches are built to be stylish basics. Because of this and because they’re not particularly “out there,” they can be worn in just about any context. No matter whether someone’s style is casual or formal, down-to-earth or cutting edge, traditional or uber-modern, minimalist watches can fit right in. Their versatility is also great for extending the life of the watches, which makes them extra trendy and popular. After all, nobody wants to spend money on a product that will quickly become irrelevant, unstylish, or immature. With their timeless sophistication, the odds of minimalist watches suffering from any of these is extremely low. In other words, accessorizing with them is a perfect way to add a little flair and individualization to an outfit while still keeping things low-key, sleek, and timeless.

The Difference Between Simple Design and Minimal Design

While minimalism and simplistic are often conflated these days, there is a difference between the two. Minimalism is a defined style and as such implies that a certain level of design is indeed necessary. Simple designs, whether justly or unjustly, are instead more about the absence of design. It’s often marketed as such and as form over function whereas minimalistic designs very heavily care about form as much as function. That form just takes a different stylistic approach. Additionally, good minimalism is all about a central message or theme – part of why monochromatic minimalist watches are so prevalent. Its main goal is to be just as distinctive, attractive, and original as other styles, while achieving this with fewer bells and whistles. Simple watches, clothes, etc. once again don’t follow this equation. They aren’t looking to achieve equal stylishness or personality as other design types. They’re actually trying to escape this by ignoring the aesthetics and promoting utility. Seems like a big difference, doesn’t it? It absolutely is, but few pick up on it. 

Our Top Watch Picks

So now that we know what minimalist design and watches are and are not, we can get into some of the best minimalist wood watches at Urban Designer. Here’s our list for the top 5 you can buy today!

1. UD Classic Mens Zebra Wood Square Face Watch

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With sleek, clean lines and a beautiful square face, this minimalist wood watch is a modern spin on a classic look. It’s definitely not your dad’s square wristwatch! It has an eye-catching but light wood grain that looks great with just about any outfit, and a smooth wood band that guarantees all day comfort. It also features a gorgeous, satin-y looking sapphire watch face that gives it the perfect pop of color. Minimalists may love their monochromatic aesthetic, but they also know when (and how) to turn up the heat a bit.

2. Minimalist Round Zebra Wooden Watch Luxury Wood & Stainless Steel Combined Watch Band

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If you’re looking for a watch that perfectly demonstrates how minimalism doesn’t mean boring and basic, this is the perfect wooden watch for you. Like all UD watches, it has an impressive and uniquely rich wood grain that will no doubt get even better with time. As amazing as the wood tones are, the watch face really steals the show here with an edgy, sheet-metal gray face adorned that is sure to impress even the pickiest watch-lovers among us. The combined zebra wood and stainless-steel band pulls the look together while remaining easy to wear and durable. It’s one of our personal favorites for a good reason. 

3. UD Personalized Mens Minimalist Dark Faced Multi-Function Watch

Personalized Mens Minimalist Dark Face Multi-Function Chronograph Round Wooden Watch with Premium Leather Band

This next watch is a little dark and moody while staying classically cool. If you are seeking a wood watch that will compliment whatever you choose to wear, this is the ticket. With an almost-black wood grain face and a dark matte bezel, it always comes off as effortlessly cool. It also features considerable visual appeal with its asymmetric dials, date and with its warm tan, premium leather wristband. It’s a watch that puts style before practicality and we honestly love it for it. We think you will, too!

4. Round, White Marble Stone Face Wooden Urban Designer Watch

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In the lands of yesteryear, marble was associated with only the most powerful and grandiose. Well, this watch subverts that by combining a beautiful white marble face with a more minimal and earthy wood bezel and band. It’s not a combination you’d expect, but it’s one you’re going to easily fall in love with. Who knew marble could go minimal? With indices (you know, those little time lines/markers) instead of cluttered numbers and with a back-to-basics watch band, it perfectly straddles the line between toned-down and turned-up. It’s minimal fashion at its best.

5. UD Ladies Personalized Wooden Watch with Premium Leather Strap

Personalized Mens Minimalist Dark Face Multi-Function Chronograph Round Wooden Watch with Premium Leather Band

For anyone who is looking for something a little smaller and more delicate, we can’t recommend this wood watch enough. It is laid-back and comfy casual with a cute but straightforward millennial pink face and a natural wood bezel. Combined, all its parts add up to a watch that feels equal parts beachy and cozy. That vibe is only further enhanced by the watch’s no-fuss leather band and sustainable, reclaimed wood material. Basically, it’s the perfect minimalistic wood watch for those who believe in cute and comfy above all else.

So, how do you feel about the watches we included? Have we missed any of your favorites? Reach out and let us know! Also while you’re at it, check out  our Minimalist Wooden Watches  designs.

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