Long the domain of men, chronograph watches are making strong inroads with women who love the active life—and the look.
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Chronographs have recently surged in popularity with women who want a watch that not only offers style and craftsmanship but also provides split-second timing for their busy work-and-play lives. These watches are coveted as much for their ability to time individual events (while continuing to track the hour and minute) as for their sleek and chic appeal. The harmony of a dial complemented by two or three subdials in color-coordinated designs has an eye-catching cachet all its own. With such great demand for these stylish and functional pieces, watch brands are responding with equally great selections in all price ranges.
FROM LEFT: 1. From ALOR, this Forte Chronograph ($2,495) is crafted in stainless steel with a mother-of-pearl dial and sapphire crystal. It is set with 1.04 carats of diamonds and features a steel cascade bracelet. It is water resistant to 50 meters. Jay Roberts Jewelers, 515 New Jersey Rte. 73, Marlton, NJ, 856-596-8600
2. This TAG Heuer Formula 1 Steel & Ceramic Chronograph ($2,500) houses a quartz movement and offers a minutes counter and date window. The hands and markers are luminescent, and the watch is water resistant to 200 meters. King of Prussia Mall, 610-491- 8801
3. The Carl F. Bucherer Patravi ChronoDate watch ($15,100) houses a custom-made automatic caliber that offers chronograph and big date functions. The 40mm stainless-steel case is set with 48 Top Wesselton diamonds and features a mother-of-pearl dial and sapphire crystal. Bernie Robbins Jewelers, Radnor Hotel, 595 E. Lancaster Ave., St. Davids, 610-971-2446
4. From Omega, this women’s Speedmaster Chronograph watch ($5,100) is crafted in stainless steel with a white tachymeter bezel to measure speed. The 38mm chronograph also offers date indication. King of Prussia Mall, 610-337-0296