Italian design firm Alessi is known for producing consumer products that are both functional and stylish. Alessi Watches — a joint project between Alessi and the Seiko Watch Corporation — features that same combination of whimsy and practicality.
The company’s watches are available for men, women, and kids. Only a handful are specifically made for women but because most of the men’s watches aren’t aggressively masculine and the case sizes are small they’d also work well for women.
Clearly the main selling point of these watches is their striking contemporary design. But that doesn’t mean they’re lacking as timepieces. Seiko, known for quality watchmaking, provides the movements; cases are stainless steel, and bands are real leather.
Each Alessi watch collection is conceptualized by a different prominent product designer: although they all have the same modern aesthetic each series has its own unique look. The Neko has a one-piece cat-shaped polyurethane band, while the Record series features the usual round stainless-steel case, leather strap, and chronograph. The Luna, with a multicolored round case and leather strap, falls somewhere between the two on the design spectrum.
The watches range in price from just under $100 to about $400, with most costing between $100 and $200. Several series feature lighthearted designs made of colorful polyurethane–they’re near the lower end of the price range. The higher-priced watches are more traditional, characterized by clean, uncluttered faces and muted colors.
Alessi watches aren’t super cheap, but they’re affordable and they appear to be worth the asking price. Owners rave about the beautiful design and don’t have any negative comments about the watch functions. They seem to be reliable and sturdy enough for light daily use.
It’s hard to say where you would wear a bright-colored cat watch—the brand’s more abstract designs are probably best for people in creative industries. But the conventional watches have a minimalist look that would make them a great accessory when you want to show off your good taste but be subtle about it.
Alessi Watches Review Summary
What makes these watches perfect for you?
1. You prefer a clean, modern, minimalist design
2. You would like a fun and well-crafted watch
3. You want a business watch with Euro style
Alessi Watch Buying Guide
We have researched all the available Alessi watches to bring you our top recommendations for both mens and womens watches.
We have selected the following based on a combination of popularity, ratings and uniqueness in style.