Minimalist, Bauhaus-Inspired Watches

By Roberta Naas | March 28, 2019 | Watches & Jewelry

The Bauhaus movement, which started in Germany in 1919, was all about combining fine arts and industrial products for a clean, sensible style. Witness the simple luxury that ensures when the watch world turns to minimalistic, Bauhaus-influenced design.

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Longines Record Chronometer

Part of the Longines Record Collection, this 40 mm Record Chronometer with date aperture at 3 o’clock is crafted in stainless steel with an integrated steel bracelet featuring both brushed and polished links. The silver sun-ray dial is finished with simple bar indexes. The watch houses a mechanical self-winding movement equipped with a single-crystal silicon balance spring, is COSC-certified and offers 64 hours of power reserve. $2,025, Hyde Park Jewelers, Denver, longines.com

Movado Museum Classic

An iconic timepiece, the Movado Museum dial was first created by Nathan George Horwitt in 1947 and was the epitome of minimalism. In its original form, the single dot at 12 o’clock was meant to symbolize the sun at high noon. Today, the look continues in many iterations, including the Movado Museum Classic 40 mm stainless steel watch with steel bracelet and classic Museum dial with coordinated silver-toned dot and hands. $795, movado.com

Slim d’Hermès

Focusing on aesthetic purity and delivering only the essentials, the Slim d’Hermès watch brings together a large dial and a slim case for a beautiful balance. The watch, designed by La Montre Hermès Creative Director Philippe Delhotal, features the original typography by Philippe Apeloig that has become iconic for the brand. This 39.5 mm rose gold watch houses the Manufacture Hermès H1950 ultrathin automatic movement. $18,500, The Shops at NorthCreek, Denver, hermes.com

Nomos Glashütte Tangente Neomatik 41 Update

German watch brand Nomos Glashütte offers Bauhaus-inspired timepieces, and the Tangente Neomatik 41 Update is a prime example. Crafted in stainless steel, it is equipped with the brand’s new automatic caliber DUW 6101 and has a minimalistic galvanized white silver-plated dial with date ring. $4,100, Oster Jewelers, Denver, nomos-glashuette.com

Porsche Design 1919 Datetimer 70Y Sport Car

Porsche Design watches continue to feature the minimalistic look Ferdinand Porsche first conceived for his watches in 1972. This black titanium 1919 Datetimer 70Y Sport Car limited-edition watch, which celebrates the 70th anniversary of Porsche and pays homage to the 356 roadster (the precursor to the iconic 911), has simple markers and Arabic numerals in classic white on black. A partial silhouette of the car, along with the date of its design, 1948, is discreetly displayed on the dial. $3,248, porsche-design.com



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