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best men watches trends

Wristwatches are the only thing men can wear everyday and never go out of style.

As tech starts becoming a bigger role in your life, wearing a watch can fall in second. Luckily, there are still men who appreciate the craftsmanship and quality of an exquisite timepiece and are interested in the latest trending styles in fashion!

For you, we narrowed down the best trends in men’s watches for 2017 to try right now. Let’s dive right into it and discuss this year’s newest, most current wristwatches designer trends, from the hottest trendsetting styles, colors and brands to what celebrities are making popular in 2017!

Strap yourself in for some of the nicest watches for men, from high end, luxury  watches to affordable models. Half the fun is finding the perfect one. Enjoy the hunt!

Watch Design Trends: Most Popular Fashion Styles

From casual watches to dress watches, these are all good styles to have in your arsenal. However, there are some distinct designs you should get your hands on if you want to be in the know.

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KENNETH COLE NEW YORK’S SPORT ANALOG DISPLAY QUARTZ

This year sees the comeback of several trends, but 2017 will still surprise you with some entirely new ones. As the consumer’s taste in wristwatches diversify and become more refined, watch brands constantly come up with beautiful designs & surprising twists!

So, what watches are in style this year? Here are some current watches to try – they’re going to be this year’s spotlight!

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SKAGEN’S ARCHER BLACK DIAL BAND STAINLESS STEEL MESH BRACELET WATCH

1. Minimalistic Watches, with No Complications

2017 is the comeback year for minimalism – one of the best watches trends.  Minimalist timepieces have been very popular, and the trend has seen a resurgence in the recent year.

Simplistic timepieces with non-pretentious slim designs are very popular right now. The preference for watches that show the bare minimum and don’t draw too much attention has actually led some brand to designing new lines and collections.

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DANIEL WELLINGTON’S CLASSIC ST MAWES WHITE DIAL WATCH

The minimalistic trend can be divided into retro/classic minimalism and modern minimalism.

The classic influences are especially noticeable in watches that have a monocolor background, simple numbering and discreet arms.

Watches with roman numerals, black background, sharp, slim hands and simple leather waistband fall directly into the minimalistic trend category.

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CITIZEN’S BLACK DIAL STAINLESS STEEL BRACELET WATCH

Ideal for the elegant man, this timepiece fits a relevant contemporary current that will dominate this year’s trends in the watch industry.

On the extreme you will find the minimalistic designs with futuristic features and plenty of avant garde influences.

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DANIEL WELLINGTON’S CANTERBURY ROUND STRIPED BAND WATCH

Unorthodox designs that fascinate through originality and yet simplicity are currently taking over the market. The use of monochrome colorways, such as all black, maybe painted with a bit of silver have started to become popular ever since the launch of the smartwatch.

2. Textile Wrist Strap Bands

One of the biggest watch strap trends is textile.

The textile wristband, widely associated with the hot season, is another design trend you’ll see everywhere this year. Colorful and easy to replace, the textile wristbands are a defining part of watches as accessories.

The advantage is the ability to individualize your personal timepiece and also match it with your outfits. Textile wristbands come in never ending variations so you will never lack in originality.

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CITIZEN’S ECO-DRIVE ANALOG JAPANESE QUARTZ GREEN WATCH

The three stripe pattern is probably the best known model of textile wrist bands, but they can also come in a monochromatic colorway.

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DANIEL WELLINGTON’S ANALOG QUARTZ MULTI-COLOR WATCH

A new player on the market, known specifically for its minimalistic design and mostly textile wristband, is watch brand Daniel Wellington. The simplistic approach to watchmaking has brought it much consideration and appreciation from watch connoisseurs, so we recommend you take a good look at it.  

3. Visible Mechanics Luxury Watches 

Step inside the mechanical details of a watch!

Great for getting attention, these conversation starters are one of the coolest watches trends you’ll see this year. 

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FOSSIL’S GRANT SILVER SKELETON DIAL AUTOMATIC LEATHER WATCH

When you wear a watch, you’re wearing a marvel of human ingenuity and engineering on your wrist at all times. A mechanical watch is made up of hundreds of tiny gears and springs, all working together in concert to tell the time.

A new player on the market that is gaining more and more recognition is the visible mechanics watches. A young and hot watch trend, visible mechanics implies being able to directly see the mechanism that power your watch.

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BULOVA’S AUTOMATIC ANALOG BLACK DIAL LEATHER STRAP WATCH

The ticks and tocks, turning of the wheels and the rest of the moving system animates your wrist drawing attention to it.

The visibility of the mechanism can vary depending on the design and manufacturer, so you can go fully visible or just detailings.

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SWATCH’S SILVER GLAM ANALOG DISPLAY QUARTZ BLACK WATCH

A tribute to the mechanical watch, this see through trend represents an unexpected result of the blending of classic with modern!

You will see visual mechanism watches become significantly popular in 2017 as the feature can be designed into elegant, sporty, dress or casual watches.

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FOSSIL’S GRANT CHRONOGRAPH BLACK DIAL AUTOMATIC WATCH

4. New, Innovative Watch Materials

Leather band watches are still in style and here to stay, but new materials are taking over fashion accessories.

Especially noticeable this year in the luxury watch field is the trend of creating timepieces from new and innovative materials. Well known designers like Tissor, Invicta and Skagen craft watches from Carbon, Ceramic, Porcelain, Titanium and even Bronze.

Here are some cool trendesetting watches materials:

Titanium watches

This rejection of the conventionalism of stainless steel has not gone unnoticed by watch enthusiasts and has subsequently attracted a lot of interest.

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INVICTA’S ‘SEA HUNTER’ QUARTZ TITANIUM CASUAL WATCH

The use of new materials suggests progress and modernism.

Hard materials are recommended for long usage and the possibility of impacts. Tissot has dedicated an entire collection to titanium, while other manufacturers, such as Skagen, has experimented with even more radical alloys.

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SKAGEN’S BALDER CHRONOGRAPH GREY DIAL TITANIUM WATCH

Ceramic watches

The use of ceramic, in particular, is to be noted as a bold and unusual and cool choice. It’s an instant attention grabber. Contrary to popular belief, it’s quite resistant and also highly fashionable!

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SKAGEN’S BLACK CERAMIC WATCH

In 2017, we will see a prominence of the trend of innovative materials for watches. For material-focused watches, it looks like it will be an interesting year!

5. Flat Watch Cases

While the trend of big watches is still going strong, chunky wristwatches no longer enjoy their previous popularity.

The flat case watch is now popular, and we totally understand why. The slim silhouette case flattens out to incredible thinness, which gives the case a considerable amount of aesthetic value. They are prefered by those with classic and elegant taste.

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SKAGEN’S ANCHER CHRONOGRAPH GREY DIAL BROWN LEATHER WATCH

This trend is also noted for its versatility, allowing you to easily integrate the watch as an accessory.

Flat case models are one of the lightest watches you can find; and if you choose a version with a textile wristband, then you’ll forget you’re wearing it.

6. Oversized, Big Watches Designs

The size watch trend – one of the best selling and most popular trends.

If minimalism isn’t to your taste, another nice watch trend in 2017 is large, funky and complicated designs that offer several features. Watches with a general aesthetic of avant garde, with daring detailings or futuristic looks.

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FOSSIL’S NATE CHRONOGRAPH SMOKE GREY DIAL ION-PLATED WATCH

A bold Fossil with kinetic drive or an imposing Invicta will capture attention and serve as an special wrist accessory. Large buttons on the side add to the design, while also helping to calibrate unique features.

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INVICTA’S LUPAH QUARTZ STAINLESS STEEL BLACK LEATHER WATCH

Powerful and suggestive geometrical shapes are also a characteristic of this year’s funky watches trend.

Straight lines might replace the classical watch circle. Also, don’t be surprised to see a prominence in square watches.

The Hottest Watch Color Trends

In terms of watch colors, timepieces are having a interesting year in 2017. Inspired by modernism, technology, in the form of smartwatches, have gone all out on coloring. They are, however, also a contradictory tendency, such as rejection of the mainstream watch designer brands.

1. Rose Gold Watches

One of the hottest color trends in men’s watches is rose gold.

The rise of the rose gold in multiple product branches, especially smartwatches, has paved the way for this color’s popularity. Although some men may find it hard to sport this rose gold style, watch brands have shown they can easily integrate the trend.

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MICHAEL KORS’ DYLAN CHRONOGRAPH BLACK DIAL BLACK STRAP WATCH

If you are a male fan of the rose gold watch trend, you should know that the right way to sport this color is by choosing watches that feature detail. An all rose gold watch might look too feminine, so choose a version that features it discreetly.

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FOSSIL’S GRANT MULTI-FUNCTION NAVY DIAL NAVY LEATHER WATCH

Rose gold goes wonderfully with nuances of blue, black and brown.

Stainless steel straps are ideal for a rose gold contrast. Meanwhile for leather, you should choose black or brown.

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BULOVA’S PRECISIONIST ROSE GOLD TONE BROWN LEATHER WATCH

2. Black Watches

Probably the color of the moment, black is the go-to watch version for a lot of people. Be it cases, bracelets or dials, whatever comes in black will be regarded as elegant and exquisite.

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MICHAEL KORS’ DYLAN CHRONOGRAPH BLACK SILICONE STRAP WATCH

The black timepiece trend applies especially for suit watches from major designer brands.

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GUESS’ GUNMETAL CHRONOGRAPH STAINLESS STEEL WATCH

Guess watches are wonderful timepieces and they have also developed their own variety black watches.

3. Blue Watches

Popularized by Rolex and Omega’s famous Seamaster, blue timepieces are still a major watch trend in 2017.

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FOSSIL’S GRANT CREAM DIAL GOLD-TONE CHRONOGRAPH QUARTZ WATCH

A predominantly luxury watch trend, blue dials are a signature feature of the Omega Seamaster. If you are planning to make a serious investment into a lifelong watch, then this is your best bet.

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SWATCH’S IRONY CHRONOGRAPH BLUE DIAL LEATHER WATCH

If the standard deep sea blue is not your thing, then a shade of cobalt might capture your attention. Working beautifully on stainless steel cases, blue and cobalt are great colors to have on your watch.

A downside of the blue watch trend is that it is mostly attributed to sports and casual style timepieces. However, there are a few designers who manage to pull off an elegant blue watch!

Most popular brand watches of 2017

Some of the most popular brand watches this year are well known players who keep innovating and bringing you trendsetting designs.

Here are a couple of designers to watch out for this year:

  1. Michael Kors
  2. Tag Heuer
  3. Invicta
  4. Citizen
  5. Movado
  6. Omega
  7. Seiko
  8. Bulova
  9. Gucci
  10. Fossil
  11. Diesel
  12. Cartier
  13. Breitling

What these brands will say about your style is clear: you know your stuff.


So here they are, 2017’s top watch trends: all you need to know about choosing a brand new timepiece that’s current and stylish.

Now that you’re up-to-date with the latest in watches, don’t miss out on our latest men’s watches collection!

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