Our latest obsession? Watches. Wearing a timepiece seemed to become a thing of the past when everyone started carrying a cellphone in their pocket, but lately we’ve noticed a huge resurgence of stylish men and women keeping time the old-school way – and looking oh-so-chic doing it. There’s just something about wearing a watch that feels stylish, classy, and pulled-together. While they can be an intimidating purchase, we promise the right watch is worth the investment! Choose wisely, and you’ll wear it for years to come. Whether you’re into gold or gunmetal, feminine or utilitarian, we’ve narrowed down the prettiest styles that won’t break the bank.
Michael Kors Leather Strap Watch
Why we love it: Talk about your hard worker! This Michael Kors watch is one of the most versatile accessories out there, and can easily be worn day or night. The luxe leather band stands out – but is casual enough to not overwhelm your style.
How to wear it: Where couldn’t you wear this watch? This piece would go equally well with your favourite jeans on the weekend, or your best business-casual look for the office. (Hudson's Bay, $235)
Nixon Gunmetal Watch
Why we love it: This watch shines by being understated. Its monochromatic palette sets it apart from the rest and the multicolour rim adds interest to an otherwise simple face. This watch definitely has an edge, and we can’t get enough.
How to wear it: Gunmetal looks especially striking at night. Try pairing this piece with dark colours, ripped jeans, and a colourful purse for added oomph. Elevate the look with a mix of colourful bracelets. (Boathouse, $200)
Skagen Mesh Watch
Why we love it: Skagen is a Danish brand that is well-known for its minimalist, design-led pieces, and this watch is Scandinavian influence at its finest. It’s feminine but not dainty and feels like the ultimate cool-girl accessory.
How to wear it: Embrace the less-is-more vibe and keep the rest of your jewellery simple to let this piece shine. (Spareparts, $205)
Guess Silver Jewelled Watch
Why we love it: It’s big, shiny, and sparkly – what’s not to love? This watch definitely demands to be seen, with bold roman numerals, a chunky band, and a face rimmed in flashy crystals.
How to wear it: To keep your look from feeling too over-the-top, give it a casual spin with boyfriend jeans, a mockneck tee, and a chic leather jacket. (Hudson's Bay, $165)
Slender Citizen Watch
Why we love it: This sleek gold watch is a refreshing alternative to the chunky menswear-inspired styles that have dominated in the past few years. The smaller size feels feminine and refined, and this specific design has a charming vintage quality.
How to wear it: This watch shines when worn alone, but looks equally great with a stack of bangles and bracelets. Try pairing it with skinny denim, a graphic button-up, and bomber jacket for a youthful look. (W.K. Chan Jewellers, $350)
Nixon Time Teller Watch
Why we love it: Athleisure is huge right now (thanks to stars like Gigi Hadid), and this watch is the perfect way to embrace the sporty trend. The hint of neon pink is a fun touch, and this is a great choice if you’re looking for something smaller and understated.
How to wear it: Think like a Hadid and mix your sportswear with dressy pieces to create a playful, mismatched look. This watch would go perfectly with a maxi dress and Adidas Superstars. (Spareparts, $125)
Guess Leaf Pattern Watch
Why we love it: This watch is extremely feminine, and that’s why we love it. The unique leaf pattern was made to sparkle on your arm. What more do you need in an accessory?
How to wear it: Think of this piece as more of a bracelet than a watch. It’s dainty enough to wear on formal occasions, while still feeling practical. It would look stunning with a little black dress and red lipstick. Hello, bombshell! (Hudson's Bay, $135)
Which watch do you like the best? Let us know in the comments!