At Marie Claire, we believe that watches are essential. But the watches of 2021, in some cases, are doing too much—tracking your steps, your texts, the arrival of your firstborn. What if you want a watch that does less in the logistics department and more in the style realm? Consider the watches in this round-up our gift to you. We’ve gathered the very best of luxury and budget, plus every material out there, from silicone and rubber to stainless steel and solid gold. And we’ve also tapped into current trends, like ’80s throwbacks, tie dye, and colorblocked originals. While some timepieces are wildly lavish with a price tag to match, there are plenty of great everyday styles that won’t break the bank. Take a look at some of our favorites.
Swatch Swiss Quartz Dress Watch
Soft iridescence and neon ticking stripes elevate this rubber piece from function to fashun.
MVMT Boulevard Beverly Marble
A veined marble face and rose gold details come wrapped in a dove gray wristlet that screams sophistication.
Vieren BLACK DIAMOND
Pair this black diamond style from Vieren with a full black outfit for an ultra-chic monochromatic look.
Solios Rose Gold Mesh & Rose Gold Case
This solar powered watch recharges with both natural and artificial light, plus it’s water resistant up to 30 meters.
The indigo print on the face is reminiscent of adire, a cloth made in southwestern Nigeria.
Gucci G-Timeless YA1264075
Being extra is a good thing. Go for it with this silver and gold two-tone design.
SKAGEN Aaren Kulør Rubber Strap Watch
Minimalist, monotone, and under $100? Sign us up.
Casio Vintage LA670WGA
Who needs a smart watch when you can have this ’80s gem, complete with an alarm, stopwatch, and perpetual calendar?
Fossil Carlie Mini Mesh Watch
A black mesh watch dripping with sex appeal.
Raymond Weil Toccata White Leather-Strap Watch
A timeless timepiece with a nod to antiquity, thanks to its Roman numerals and tapered hands.
MOVADO Bold Ceramic Bracelet Watch
If a traditional Movado feels stodgy but you still crave sparkle, try this blush ceramic bracelet, complete with the brand’s signature museum dot.
Timex Stainless Steel Watch
The 1979 classic was re-released this year with a cool analog date feature.
Breda Virgil Watch
This piece’s gold-brushed dial and sleek edges make it a classic, but stylish, addition to your wardrobe.
Cartier Tank Solo Watch
If you want a Cartier watch (because you are a human with taste), this sleek Tank Solo watch is the go-to for everyday and special occasion wear.
Waldan Heritage Professional
A gender-neutral showpiece designed and assembled in the U.S.
Timex T2N651 Weekender
A Gorpcore staple that plays well with cashmere.
Movado Bold Chronograph Leather Strap Watch
A seriously stylish chronograph, with matte black hardware and a soft fawn band.
Tissot Lovely Dress Watch Rose Gold
A delicate woven metallic piece that’s reminiscent of intrecciato.
Tory Burch Tilda Watch
Pair this two-toned Tory Burch watch with a stack of bangles for a serious jewelry moment.
Michael Kors Pyper Rose Goldtone & Leather Strap Watch
This rose gold and leather style adds a little something extra to an all-black look.
This rectangular black piece with enamel dial is the perfect evening style.
Citizen Watch Bianca
This thin gold watch with mother-of-pearl dial is a timeless piece (no pun intended).