Find the right watch, and you'll never have to accessorize your lower half again, if you don't want to. It's a piece that's really all you need to look pulled together. But beyond that, and more importantly, wearing a watch will make your life feel more pulled together—you'll start being on time, early even, and all around start seeing more of the world since you won't be hunched over looking at a phone all day. iPhones die, watches (with working batteries) are forever. Consider the following:
Nixon K Squared Watch : This big modern rectangular face doesn't like to be crowded. Don't let a bangle or bracelet or anything like that get in its way, and instead let it go solo on your wrist.
Larsson & Jennings Lader Watch : If this watch were a refrigerator, it'd be a really sleek stainless one, free of ugly handles or distracting notes left on its doors. There's no clutter here, just moody grey and clean design. Serve chilled.
Isabel Marant Stainless Steel Watch : All black err-thang. This candidate feels more like a cuff but gets the job done and does so with flying colors. There's also the benefit of this being something you could wear every day and not tire of seeing it.
Shinola The Gomelsky Watch : The nicest of nice, the buck stops with Shinola. We're talking top o' the line with an intriguing green strap made of football leather.
Timex The Weekender Watch : A classic and, at under $50, a good choice for those with commitment anxiety...but just give it a week or two with this one and you'll be able to write listicles like “82 Signs You're In A Committed Relationship' in your sleep. Productivity at its purest.
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