You need to know what time it is. That's why, watches are one of the few truly universal accessories in menswear. And they alone can shift the feeling of any outfit. If you're in the market for something that looks sophisticated—but without the budget to support a truly pricey take—there are enough simple, streamlined, affordable watches that can keep you on point. Here are 10 of the best.
1| Timex Fairfield Leather Strap Watch
Timex is the affordable watch. Look for a streamlined face and strap if you're elevating your day-to-day look.
2| Leonard & Church Varick Mesh Watch
Many mesh-bracelet watches can be bulky, which can lessen their refinement. But this Leonard & Church take is only 7mm thick. In case you're wondering: That's impressive.
3| Instrmnt 01 Watch
Understated black and white is all you need for something refined.
4| Emporio Armani Luigi Black Watch
For business meetings and beyond.
5| Kapten & Son Campus Midnight Mesh
Never underestimate the power of a good band.
6| Komono Walther Chronograph Watch
Belgium-based Komono has a cool, pared-down approach to accessories. When it comes to making something look more expensive than it actually is, that's the name of the game.
7| Skagen Jorn Watch
This Skagen watch is minimalism done very well. The gray leather strap is complemented by the pale gray face—something unexpected for those accustomed to white or navy.
8| Nixon Porter Watch
An all-black watch is an easy way to elevate the look of a moderately priced option. Monochrome is just inherently more sophisticated.
9| Daniel Wellington Mesh Watch
The streamlined look and easy shape makes this one work for dressed-up situations—but won't push you out of place in a casual one.
10| Ted Baker James Chronograph Leather Watch
You know how no one ever knows what to wear for something "business casual?" Here is your answer.
This story originally appeared on Esquire.com. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.