It’s time to ditch the leather straps for one of these best luxury vegan watches instead!
By Lora O’Brien
It can be tough for vegans to shop for accessories; after all, everything from shoes to belts, and yes, even watches, are mainly made from leather. But it needn’t be the case today – especially given the myriad of great vegan leather alternatives, and the rising popularity of veganism.
When it comes to timepieces, sure, there are loads of styles with metal bands, but frankly, they can be a bit irritating on the skin – sometimes, they can even turn your skin green!
Luckily, there are plenty of skin-and-planet friendly materials like wood, cork and Piñatex, which not only look luxurious, but they feel amazing, too. In fact, some of the best watches in the world are now made from vegan materials!
And if you’re thinking: why wear a watch when my phone has the time on it, consider this: keeping your phone in your pocket or anywhere beside your body emits some amount of radiation. This can potentially damage the body at a cellular level, and many researchers say not enough attention has been paid by smartphone users to the damage that the radiation from these devices can cause. If you need to have something nearby to check the time a few times every day, a watch is your safest bet!
From sweet and girly styles to ones with a touch of rock chick chic, here are some of the best luxury vegan watches for women – and men – that I’ve found.
10+ Luxury Vegan Watches With Timeless Style
Ksana is a vegan, cruelty free and eco-friendly watch brand that’s all about colour! They offer a whole rainbow of band hues, ranging from subtle navy to outrageous neon lime green.
Their designs are Scandinavian inspired, and rather minimalistic – no wonder they suit both men and women so beautifully! Constructed from medical grade, waterproof stainless steel, scratch resistant sapphire crystal glass (which, by the way, is as hard as diamonds) and silicone, these accessories are built to last, and are practically indestructible!
These are special watches that are made in limited runs, and each one is engraved with a unique serial number. And the best part? Ksana are members of 1% for the Planet, meaning for every watch they sell, 1% of the sale value is donated towards environmental causes. Customers can even suggest local projects for the brand to support!
This sleek Danish brand isn’t yet fully vegan, but they do have loads of gorgeous mesh and vegan leather straps to choose from. What we love most about Nordgreen is the fact that that the company is so socially responsible.
Specifically, their Giving Back Programme allows you to choose to donate to one of three great causes:
- 2 months of clean water to a child in Central Africa
- 2 months of education to a child in India Preserve
- 200 square ft of rain forest in Latin America
A unique serial number etched on the back of each watch allows Nordgreen to track the impact that each donation makes. You can rest assured that if you’re wearing a Nordgreen watch, you’ve also helped to make a small positive impact in the world!
Perfect for: the socially conscious fashionista
Olivia Burton kicked off in 2012 when two ex-fashion buyer BFFs struggled to find a luxury vegan watch brand they wanted to wear. Finding none, they co-founded Olivia Burton, a brand that is overflowing with personality, chic understatement, and femininity.
I love this pretty daisy watch – it allows you to have a bit of the great outdoors on your wrist at all times! Not keen on daisies? Bees, lilies and other flower designs are on offer, too. In short, this is one of the best luxury vegan watches for those who like a bit of whimsy!
Perfect for: Anyone who loves a unique accessory.
Votch strives to create unisex timepieces that not only inflict no harm to animals and have little impact on the environment, but also make a positive social impact. Every three months, they partner with a different charity, such as an animal shelter or anti-poaching NGO, and donate 10% of their profits as a thanks to them for helping animals and encouraging a kinder way of living. Chic and compassionate!
Perfect for: big hearted folks who love a minimalistic look.
5. DAN & MEZ
DAN & MEZ makes an ethical statement against the mainstream fashion industry, which seems unconcerned about animal violence or spewing out pollution and harmful toxins.
The watch brand uses a super eco-friendly material to create its chic bands: Piñatex. In case you’re unaware, this is made from pineapple leaf fibers which are a byproduct of the fruit harvest; no extra land, water, fertilizers or pesticides are required to produce this perfect leather substitute.
Perfect for: adding a touch of rock chic to any outfit
Cleverly named watch brand Time IV Change (TIVC) was born in 2016 in a small garage with a Kickstarter campaign set up to bring a vision to life. Their concept was so popular, they raised enough funds to launch their first range of watches just seven days into their campaign!
Fast forward to 2020, and now they’ve handcrafted a clean-lined collection dedicated to cruelty-free fashion and classic style.
Perfect for: the modern girl who loves elegant fashion.
This is a watch brand that was launched way back in 2002 by Shaun and Joe Neff in Southern California. Capturing the essence of sporty style, Neff has dozens of colour and style options that allow these watches to appeal to just about anyone.
Perfect for: the active people who like to stand out in the crowd.
Looking to take a more relaxed approach to time – quite literally? The UNO Automatic from BOTTA is providing just that: one hand, and twelve hours, on a natural rubber band. That’s all you’ll need to navigate through the day with confidence!
The unconventional and intuitive designs by Botta are a symbol of both individuality and aspiration. This is unquestionably one of the best luxury vegan watches, thanks to its precise Swiss movement, which is handmade in Germany by a small family business.
Perfect for: those with a strong sense of individuality.
Behind the alluring aesthetics of Eone, there’s a whole heap of compassion. Founder Hyungsoo Kim created the label to solve a very real problem – visual impairment. Having friends and family who are blind, Hyungsoo was only too aware of the lack of watches available to the blind, so he began to collaborate with designers and individuals with vision impairments to create a timepiece that everyone could use – whether they were sighted or not.
After Eone’s initial crowdfunding campaign, Hyungsoo was surprised when their initial goal was surpassed fifteen times over – a true testament to the fact that there is a market of shoppers calling for a watch to suit their needs.
Perfect for: anyone looking to make an investment in a classic timepiece, and of course, anyone with vision problems
This highly eco-friendly brand was born with the vision to take sustainable watches to the world to prove that vegans can be stylish, too!
WeWood’s sophistication and understated elegance ensures their customers not only have excellent timepieces, but are also doing their bit for the planet: a tree is planted for every purchase, and in just their first three months, the company planted 5,000 trees with American Forests, and they plan to keep on smashing those numbers year after year.
Perfect for: true eco-warrior princesses (and princes)!
VOID is a Swedish design company that remains true to their clean, minimalistic design heritage. They’re all about simple geometric shapes, basic colours and simple materials. Unfortunately, not all of their styles are vegan friendly, but they do offer a specific range that is free of silk, animal skin, fur and hair – much like the Classic Black Analogue Watch, below.
Perfect for: the sportier guy or gal who loves to accessorize.
Sprout Watches is dedicated to providing the world with eco-forward timepieces constructed from the highest quality materials. With their gems and other embellishments, Sprout watches may resemble wasteful luxury brands, but rest assured each piece is constructed from sustainable elements, such as biodegradable corn resin, bamboo, cork, and organic cotton.
Oh, and as for the abovementioned bling, it’s mainly lead-free Swarovski crystals, not mined stones.
Perfect for: the luxury lover who enjoys a bit of glamour.
When Robert, based in Germany, shared his watch designs halfway across the globe with his pal in Hong Kong, ZIIIRO was born. In 2010, the duo launched ZIIIRRO with the mission of creating fun watches with a bold, futuristic vibe. Each piece is designed to survive the test of time, whilst also being unique in appearance and style.
Comprised of stainless steel and silicone, this watch displays two swirls that move inside the dial: the inner swirl represents the current hour, whilst the outer swirl displays the minutes, so there’s a continuous gradient movement going on with this watch.
Perfect for: lovers of science fiction and minimalist design.
14. Mens & Mez
This is a vegan, sustainable and ethical German brand creating high-quality, beautiful, classic watches for men and women. MENS & MÉZ stands for compassion, sustainability, and fashion: every single one of their unique timepieces is handmade in Germany featuring a vegan leather strap made from Piñatex, a truly sustainable material made of pineapple leaves..
Perfect for: those who love a classic style.
15. Jason Hyde
This Miami based watchmaker believes that “the best way to communicate with current customers in a new fashion watch brand is to do it in a sustainable, eco conscious way.” And that’s why their watch straps are made of recycled PET plastic, recycled waterproof paper, and cork.
These are the most vegan-friendly materials, but they also use recycled wool, if you’re not against that. But zero – absolutely zero – leather is used to make these beautiful, accurate and luxurious watches.
Perfect for: modern elegance with great ethics
Loving the rose gold hair trend? Here’s a luxury vegan watch to match your ‘do! These wood watches by Jord are stylish enough for the wrists of CEOs and executives, and yet sustainable enough for activists and environmentalists.
This is one of the best luxury vegan watches to gift, as JORD really does incredible presentation! The watch comes in a wood box, on a hemp cushion.
Perfect for: trendy professionals
Designed and crafted with people and planet in mind, Time IV Change has created the perfect cruelty-free, PETA-approved timepieces. A TIVC watch is a perfect accessory for those aspiring to be conscious about their style, and who wish to leave a minimal footprint on the environment.
Representing all seasons of change, the watches are fitted with quick release straps, making it easy to change the style of your watch in a way that reduces waste. The slim gold, rose gold and silver cases are made from stainless steel, while the black Piñatex band is made from a zero-waste by-product of pineapple harvests.
Whatever style you choose, you can be confident knowing that you’re supporting a business that supports fair pay, minimal waste and who puts the planet first.
Perfect for: those who like to wear their values in a minimalist style.
First and second images: Ksana
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