One of the beautiful things about smartwatches is the ability to change watch faces to your heart’s content. You can have a feature-packed watch face with information from edge to edge, a clutter-free watch face with only the time displayed, or any watch face in between. Today, we’re taking a look at five stark watch faces that are as beautiful as they are minimal. Most of the watch faces we feature will be free; however, there will be a few paid options here and there for the millionaires among us.
Spotlight Watch Face
First on our list is one of the most simple and unique watch faces I have come across. Spotlight, from developer Maize, does away with the majority of a standard analog clock by focusing on a single part – the hour hand. The entire watch face is zoomed in on an hour hand that moves around an analog watch face.
Since there is no minute or second hand, it is difficult to tell the exact time with this watch face; however, I found I could estimate the time within a couple of minutes anyway. If you need precise time on your smartwatch, there are better watch faces in this list, but if you are looking for a cool and unique watch face, I cannot think of many better than Spotlight.
The concept of the Orbits watch face, from developer Zuhanden, is something that I have seen a few times before. The hour and minute hands of the watch are replaced by gradient bars that wrap around the inside. However, I was particularly drawn to Orbits due to just how stark it was. There is no date, no second hand, no digital readout of the time – just those two bars.
The background is off-white and the bars are different colors of blue. One of my main complaints with Orbits is the complete lack of customization. I would have loved the option to change the bar colors or at least the background color. That being said, it is a free watch face so tons of features shouldn’t be expected.
Watch Face Holo
Watch Face Holo, from developer RichFace, is a horrible name for such a simple watch face. This face more closely resembles a traditional analog clock than any other watch face on this list. With an hour hand and a minute hand, you can quickly gauge the time at a glance, and the numberless tick marks add to the overall simplicity of the design. Again, there are no customization options available for the Watch Face Holo, which means you are stuck with the red minute hand and dark background. That being said, it is free to download, too.
Just A Minute Watch FaceJust A Minute is from developer Sparkistic and might be the most robust watch face on this entire list. Why? Because it features a date readout. GASP! As the name would imply, Just A Minute focuses more on the minute than the hour and has the minute displayed boldly in the middle of the watch face. The current hour is highlighted white to contrast against the other blue numbers. If you would like to change anything on the watch face, you’re out of luck because there are, of course, no customization options for this watch face. Thankfully, I think the face is beautiful on its own and would definitely look great on any smartwatch.
Tymometer Watch Face
We’re ending this list with a paid watch face. Tymometer, from developer The Design Cycle, is my favorite watch face from the list and also the one currently chilling on my Moto 360. Tymometer has a simple and minimal design with a colored bar in the background that moves to the right as the hour passes with the exact time displayed digitally. There is even a dot that goes around the entire face as a second hand.
There is no need to worry about notifications covering up the minute portion because it will move to the top of the watch face when a notification arrives. What I love most about Tymometer is how quickly you can get information from it. By just looking at the colored bar, you can tell how much of the hour has passed making it easy to check with a quick glance.
Also, this watch face does come with customization options. You can choose between eight presets with different colors for the bar and background along with the option to use 24-hour time. However, all of this luxury is going to cost you $0.99 right away. While paying for a watch face might not be your thing, I think Tymometer is worth it thanks to the unique and simple design.
What do you think of our list? Are you going to check out any of the watch faces we recommended? Did we miss one of your favorite minimal faces? Let us know in the comments!