One important lesson that I learned from the Minimalism movement (it’s all the rage ever since the invention of Instagram, no?) is this:
“Boring now equals timeless later.”
When you come to think of it, it’s actually true. I think minimalist can be boring at first, but the long-term benefits that we can reap later from practising this form of abstinence is somewhat rewarding, if not trouble- (and money-) saving. It is something that I’ve come to appreciate recently.
Why “simple” design often can withstand the test of time?
It’s because simple design focuses on showcasing the natural beauty of the subject itself instead of needing additional man-made ornaments to build “beauty” into the subject. Usually, the added ornament is a reflection of what’s “beautiful” at that point of cultural time in human history. With less man-made ornaments, a simple design shows less sign of aging as there’s less time-sensitive elements and relation attached to it.
Okay, before I manage to confuse you (with my oh-so-Aristotle self-definition haha,) think about the difference between a nude portrait and a street style photo. Which one is easier for you to find out the year it’s shot? You get the drift.
But that’s not to say minimalist design is boring boring, as evidenced by these 11 minimalist watches that I’m currently mulling over. While we’re at the beginning of the year when it’s all about goals and resolutions, why no a minimalist watch?
Let’s put Rolex, Patek Philippe and big fashion houses aside and check out these quality (and some are very affordable!) minimalist watches made by startups, lifestyle brands and artisan.
Minimalist, M1 Gold & Black
Komono, Magnus Black Black
MVMT, Classic in Brown & Rose Gold
Projects, “Sometimes” by Denis Guidone
AARK, Eclipse Silver
What’s cool: They even provide a “Digital Try-on” app!