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Let’s be real here. With our cell phones never far from hand, the days of needing a watch for strictly practical purposes are over (unless you have an Apple Watch, which is essentially an iPhone on a bracelet and therefore doesn’t count).
But when you think of the watch as an aesthetic accessory rather than a necessity, there seem to be more contenders now than ever — especially at the lower end of the price spectrum. The newest designs are stylish and streamlined without all of the now-unnecessary bells and whistles of their function-first predecessors. From all-over-velvet and denim (yes, really) to classic shapes with an unexpected touch of color, these are the watches of right now.
Even those abstract, numberless pieces are fair game now, since you won’t actually be counting on them to tell time. Below, find our favorite timepiece updates, all under $200.
Cluse La Bohème Denim Watch, $99
Aark Collective Classic Tortoise Watch, $199
Komono Mirror Estelle Blush Watch, $99.95
Daniel Wellington Classic Reading Watch, $199
Toywatch Velvet Wristwatch, $125
Skagen Gitte Steel Mesh Watch, $125
May28th 5:37PM Watch, $49
Shore Projects St. Ives Watch, $125