Long the domain of men, chronograph watches are making strong inroads with women who love an active life and look.
FROM LEFT: 1. From Alor watches, 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 165 feet. Chas Schwartz & Son, Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-363-5432.
2. Omega’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. Omega at Tysons Galleria, 2001 International Dr., 571-633-9710
3. From Tissot, this PRC 200 Quartz Chronograph watch ($550) is crafted in stainless steel and features a white mother-of-pearl dial. The screw-down back and crown offer water-resistance up to 660 feet. The watch also offers Super-Luminova hands for easy readability, date indication, and tachymeter to measure speed. Bloomingdale’s Tysons Corner, 8100 Tysons Corner Center, 703-556-4600
4. This Bulova Accu-Swiss Masella ladies’ chronograph ($1,850) is a quartz-powered Swiss-made watch that offers a calendar function in addition to chronograph and time-telling functions. The watch features 90 diamonds individually hand-set on the case. It is water-resistant to 98 feet. Real Jewelers, Crystal City Shops, 1659 Crystal Sq., Arlington, 703-413-7117
ACCESSORIES: L’Art Indien des Plaines scarf ($435) and Pliplat clutch ($5,000), Hermès. Tysons Corner, 703-506-4546. Sunglasses, Emporio Armani ($160). Sunglass Hut, 3251 M. St., 202-965-1012
With a compelling combination of style, craftsmanship, and functional design, chronographs have surged in popularity, providing split-second timing for the busy lives of Washington women. For work and play, chronographs are coveted not only because they time individual events (while continuing to track hours and minutes), but also because of their sleek 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 women’s chronographs in all price ranges.