Having a good looking timepiece on your wrist is pretty much essential to your overall style. But getting a good looking piece can be tricky in terms of budget/choice if you're a novice to the world of watches.
There's a lot of choice out there, but it's knowing where to look and how much to spend.
I'm a bit of a magpie when it comes to shiny pretty things and that's especially true when it comes to watches.
If you're not a fan of flashy and want a solid low-ostentation watch that's stylish and fits in with the trend of today 'minimalistic', then you really can't go wrong with one of these five following watches (or at least brands).
These five watches all have a clean, simplistic and beautiful design and they will go with pretty much every outfit you can imagine and help make you look more stylish while doing so.
Out of the five listed, I have four of them (Skagen's on the list) and I've purchased cheap watches in the past and from experience I've found you're better to spend a little bit extra up front to get the quality that will last.
So with that being said, here's a list of my top 5 watches for under $400NZD that will pretty much go with every imaginable style (casual/preppy/business/classic/etc.) and are in no particular order.
1. Brathwait Classic Slim Wrist
You can pick this bad boy up for $319 delivered and it's a beautiful slim line classic watch that will go with anything.
It's lightweight, versatile and you can customise the case material/finish/strap colour on Brathwait's website.
Link here: https://www.brathwait.com/products/the-classic-slim-wrist-watch-top-grain-italian-calf-leather-straps
Features: quartz movement, case diameter: 40mm, anti-scratch dome sapphire glass 1.9mm thick, stainless steel case with leather band, water-resistant 10 BAR (328ft).
2. Paul Hewitt Signature Line
Coming in at the same price as the Brathwait ($319 delivered), but a very different style/look/feel.
Again - this is an uber cool versatile watch that will pretty much look good with anything ... and I love the navy blue face.
Link here: https://www.paul-hewitt.com/Watches/Sailor-Line/Gold/Watch-Sailor-Line-Blue-Lagoon-IP-Gold-Leather-Watchstrap-Brown::1573.html
This one can be customised in terms of material case/strap and in my opinion looks good in each and every combination.
Features: quartz movement, case diameter: 39mm, anti-scratch sapphire glass, stainless steel ion plated gold case with leather band, water-resistant 5 BAR.
3. Skagen Hagen Leather Watch
The very cool Skagen Hagen Leather Watch comes in at a very reasonable $209NZD including free delivery from the NZ Watch Store: https://www.nzwatchstore.co.nz/collections/skagen-watches/products/skagen-skw6215-watch
This is an absolute beaut and I love the simplicity of the face design. The red/blue/yellow number colours just give it that quirky little feature that makes it stand out too.
Check out: http://www.skagen.com & see the many many beautiful options wrist attire wise these guys have up for grabs.
Features: quartz movement, case diameter: 40mm, mineral crystal, stainless steel case with leather band, water-resistant to 50 meters/165 feet/5 ATM.
4. Nixon Porter Leather Watch
Retailing at between $220 - 280NZD dependant on what type of case material/strap you go for but you can get one delivered in NZ for $232 from the NZ Watch Store: https://www.nzwatchstore.co.nz/products/nixon-a105019-watch
This is a watch very much made for everyday use and it's a sturdy design that will last for a long time! I've had one of these for the past six years as my day to day watch & I'm still absolutely in love with it.
Features: quartz movement, case diameter: 38mmm mineral crystal, stainless steel case with leather band, water-resistant to 100 meters/330 feet /10 ATM.
5. Daniel Wellington Classic
You can pick this absolute beaut up for $379 including free delivery direct from Daniel Wellington: https://www.danielwellington.com/uk/classic
This is a very functional, high quality and beautifully designed watch that feels both sturdy for its weight and very cool on your wrist. This is one I would be highly recommending if you were looking to buy one every day piece that won't age and will go with absolutely any occasion.
Features: quartz movement, case diameter: 40mmm case, stainless steel case with leather band, water-resistant to 3 ATM, interchangeable straps.
I know this has absolutely nothing to do with interior design, construction, quantity surveying or anything else ... but I like watches.