Amsterdam-based Clause may have only been running since 2014 but the watchmaker has become a firm favorite with bloggers and Instagram influencers. We can see why: the pieces are minimalist-looking – its mantra is “simple is not about being plain” – yet have out-of-the-ordinary touches and interchangeable straps in Insta-worthy hues. Plus, most models are under £80. If you have slightly more to spend, the La Roche caught our eye, with a large 38mm marble dial. Each one is different thanks to the qualities of the natural stone. The rose gold finish glams it up but the grey leather strap keeps things sufficiently muted and cool.
2. Olivia Burton Women’s Enchanted Garden: £82, John Lewis
Olivia Burton’s pretty floral watches are eye-catching amid the sea of more minimalist dial designs (indeed, there are plenty of those in its collection, too). The nature-inspired patterns are part of the British brand’s Enchanted Garden collection. Here, soft purple hues are offset by the dark 38mm face and slim navy strap. It has gold-plated casing and there are versions in lighter colors if that works better for you.
3. Fossil Jacqueline Three-Hand Date Leather Watch: £105, Fossil
The reliable US maker has a huge range of women’s watches but our favorites are those with the quality leather straps. The Jacqueline comes in 14 different colors and styles, ranging from a pearly dial with a pretty, pale pink strap to this more unusual green. You can also interchange it with any of Fossil’s 14mm straps. The rose gold tone and numerals keep things simple, but we like the little interesting touches, such as the distinctive red second hand. The Jacqueline can take a very brief dunk but don’t wear it in the bath or swimming. best expensive wrist watch for women trending
4. Larsson & Jennings Norse Gold-Plated Watch: £265, Larsson & Jennings
Looking for something elegant you can wear with everything? Try Larsson & Jennings. Its Swedish and British roots come together in a minimalist but classic-looking package. The rectangular Norse is made from gold-plated stainless steel, there are versions with a leather strap, but we like this new all-gold version. It works with the superior Swiss quartz movement.
5. Rotary Petite Stone Bracelet Watch: £173.58, Amazon
This watch feels as much like jewelry as it does a timepiece, thanks to the sparkly Austrian crystals set around the 25mm dial and the slim stainless steel bracelet. It works with Japanese quartz movement and, like many watches from the Swiss maker, is waterproof (you can swim in this one) and comes with a lifetime guarantee.
6. Daniel Wellington Classic Glasgow: £149, Daniel Wellington
After a classic-looking watch with a twist? Try Daniel Wellington’s timepieces. The Swedish founder was inspired by a meeting with a British traveler (can you guess his name?) who wore a watch with a stripy Nato strap, the tough nylon bands issued by the MOD. You get a clean-looking, minimalist dial – choose from slimline rose gold or silver casing – contrasting with the textured strap, which comes in five different color combos including this navy and white. If Nato colors don’t work, then all the straps are interchangeable and there are six sleek black or brown leather options to choose from.