Investment watches are classic (and every snob deserves at least one that will stand the test of time in her collection), but there’s something about a frugal timepiece taken from the wrists of the guys and tailored to fit you that is irresistible. It says, “Layer me! Toss me on and go!” Nixon has nailed the casually stylish watch: unfussy, sleek, and carrying just enough bulk.
Their choice of monochrome black ceramic makes it – a solid, colorless hue classes it up and ceramic is such a nicer material than plastic, which can have a way of evoking an eighth-grader’s prized Baby G (not that there’s anything wrong with that!). This grown-up design makes it look more expensive than it is. With nothing but “Nixon” quietly lettered on the face – yes, of course, I wish even that wasn’t there, but at least they cast their logo in dark gray – this is a totally minimalist and slightly sporty watch that will help you keep a discreet eye on time all day long. On Net-a-Porter for $450.
Pair with: An all-black watch like this is ideal for stacking with bangles. Keep it sharp and clean with Jules Smith’s selection of sterling silver-plated Surf bracelets, each just a tad asymmetrical for interest. On ShopBop for $98 (for a set of five).