At Marie Claire, we believe that watches are essential. But the watches of 2021, in some cases, are doing too much—tracking your steps, your texts, and the arrival of your firstborn. What if you want a watch that does less in the logistics department, and more in the style realm? Consider the watches in this round-up our gift to you. We've gathered the very best of luxury and budget, plus every material out there—from silicone and rubber to stainless steel and solid gold. And we've also tapped into current trends, like '80s throwbacks, tie dye, and colorblocked originals. While some timepieces are wildly lavish with the price tag to match, there are plenty of great everyday styles that won’t break the bank. Take a look at some of our favorites.
Soft iridescence and neon ticking stripes elevate this rubber piece from function to fashun.
A veined marble face and rose gold details come wrapped in a dove gray wrislet.
Pair this black diamond style from Vieren with a full black outfit for a monochromatic look.
What happens when your Y2K stainless Fossil piece gets dipped in a flashy blue silicone finish? A transparent showstopper.
The indigo print on the face is reminiscent of adire, a cloth made in southwestern Nigeria.
Minimalist, monotone, and under $100? Sign us up.
Who needs a smart watch when you can have this '80s gem, complete with an alarm, stopwatch, and perpetual calendar?
A black mesh watch dripping with sex appeal.
A timeless timepiece with a nod to antiquity, thanks to its Roman numerals and tapered hands.
If a traditional Movado feels stodgy but you still crave sparkle, try this blush ceramic bracelet, complete with the signature museum dot.
The 1979 classic was re-released this year with a cool analog date feature.
This piece's gold brushed dial and sleek edges make it a classic, but stylish, addition to your wardrobe.
A gender-neutral showpiece designed and assembled in the U.S.
A Gorpcore staple that plays well with cashmere.
In a year when tie-dye reigns supreme, why stop at your watch?
A seriously stylish chronograph, with matte black hardware and a soft fawn band.
If you want a Cartier watch (because you are a human), the Santos is the go-to. It's especially nice with contrasting metallic rivets.
A delicate woven metallic piece that's reminiscent of intrecciato.
Pair this two-toned Tory Burch watch with a stack of bangles for a serious jewelry moment.
This silver and rose gold pavé style pairs perfectly with an all-black look.
Your go-to gym look. This unisex white silicone wrist-piece is the perfect sports watch.
This rectangular black piece with enamel dial is the perfect evening style.
This thin gold watch with mother-of-pearl dial is a timeless piece (no pun intended).