The smartphone has made many previous technological advances obsolete. Remember when you used to carry around a camera and an iPod with your trusty old flip Razr? However, we don’t think the wristwatch has had its day just yet. After all, it replaced the pocket watch because it was so much more wearable and practical. So, take a lesson and stop fumbling in your pocket for the time. Until you can wear your smartphone screen as an implant on your wrist, here are some stylish time-telling pieces to tide you over:
La Mer Here’s some fun fashion history for you: the wristwatch was originally thought to be only for women, since it was similar to a bracelet, and men were reluctant to make the switch from the pocket watch for this reason. Ironically, today the wristwatch has a more masculine connotation. This piece by La Mer will make you rethink that. It draws inspiration from the layered bracelet trend by hiding an analog watch face in pretty layered leather and chain straps.
Skagen Clean white leather and a minimalist, round face design make this watch an easy-to-wear accessory. Use it to add a subtle pop of color to a neutral ensemble. It comes in a ton of bright colors -- turquoise, pink, orange, purple, and green -- so you can wear it as a staple piece in your favorite hue, or pick up a few to accent colors you wear often.
May 28th Watches don’t have to be stark and blank-faced. Check out May 28th, a watch line that sells fun and affordable watches with unusual patterned faces and whimsical colorblock straps, from abstract geometrics to florals and animal sketches. They’re water-resistant, graphic, youthful, and only $39.00! Bonus: you can order a customized watch face with any image you’d like, which gives self-expression a whole new dimension.
Karl Lagerfeld People have always been innovating new ways to wear timepieces -- in necklaces, as pocket watches, as wristwatches. Karl Lagerfeld has cleverly unified function, utility, and fashion in this innovative design. It’s a stylish, punky cuff bracelet with an analog face hidden in one of its studs, but unzip the leather and you get a slimmer wristwatch and matching bracelet.
Nixon We’ve already talked about how the resurgence of retro fashion trends is bringing some whimsy and fun to this season’s style. Check out these eye-popping unicolor watches. Their bold, raised numeral font and chipper, rounded shape are modeled after vintage phones. Pick the brave, bright hues for a summery upgrade to your outfit, or go for the neutrals for a still-mesmerizing graphic accessory. Super bonus: they’re water resistant for up to 50 meters, so you can wear it poolside once the weather warms up.