Posted by Watch Warehouse Experts on Jan 5, 2021

2021 Watch Trend Outlook

A man wearing a suit with a watch and ring

The fashion industry is always evolving and watch trends are no different. While it’s impossible to predict what the future holds, we can certainly look to the past to get an idea of the various watch trends to see what 2021 might have in store.

Of course, you should never feel pressured to follow the trends unless you genuinely enjoy them, but it’s always fascinating to watch the industry’s movements, even if you’re fully satisfied with your current style. Without further ado, here are some predictions for how the pendulum could swing in 2021.

1. Minimalism

A watch with a minimalist design

Why over-complicate a beautiful thing? While many watch enthusiasts will always appreciate a timepiece that features all the bells and whistles, many others are gravitating towards streamlined designs and straightforward mechanisms. Minimalist watch trends are often popular among people who view their whole ensemble as one cohesive unit. A subtle watch can add the perfect finishing touch without attracting too much attention.

2. A Splash of Color

Colorful watches are another emerging trend that’s not likely to fade away anytime soon. That doesn’t necessarily mean the watches are loud or even vibrant. In fact, there are plenty of colorful watches that fit the minimalist aesthetic. In short, many watch enthusiasts have spent years wearing classic watches, and a bit of color can add a fun and refreshing look to an otherwise ordinary outfit.

3. Small/Large Faces

2021 watch trends seem to be moving towards extremes in sizing. While many folks are enjoying smaller faces (often with gorgeous framing), others seem to be going the opposite direction, proudly wearing oversized watches. Face size is largely a matter of preference, but pay attention to the rest of your outfit as you make your selection. Larger faces pair well with flashier attire, while a small watch would work great for a smart business casual look.

4. Ultra Retro/Modern

A retro style timepiece design

As we analyze the watch trends 2021 could bring, we can see that extremes seem to be popular in general. Many watch enthusiasts are loving designs that are either deeply rooted in the past or highly innovative and looking towards the future. For many, timepieces are more than a fashion accessory—they’re a hobby. Being able to show off something unique is just part of the fun.

5. Styling With Purpose

Finally, many fashion-inclined people are taking their watch decisions on a case-by-case basis. While you might not be ready to give up your go-to daily driver just yet, you might find that owning multiple timepieces really lets you customize your look every day. Fortunately, these days, there are some incredible luxury watches out there that are surprisingly affordable. Shop by price to find one that fits your budget!

Find the Latest Trends at Watch Warehouse

There you have it. These five watch trends should help you make an informed decision as you add new pieces to your collection. As always, if you have any questions or comments, we invite you to contact us to speak with one of our friendly experts. Browse our new arrivals to see our latest deals, and shop by brand to find your dream timepiece for less.