Fine timepieces with athletic prowess and aesthetic appeal are taking the growing market for women's watches by storm.
CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: The Rolex Yacht-Master 35 Rolesium ($10,500) has a case and bracelet made from rugged 904L stainless steel and a bezel of 950 platinum to provide extra luminosity and luxury. The 35mm case contains a perpetual movement that is a certified Swiss chronometer manufactured by Rolex. James & Sons Fine Jewelers, 1457 N. Halsted St., 773-327-8800
Patek Philippe created the Ladies’ Nautilus (price upon request) in stainless steel with a blue opaline dial as well as gold applied hour markers and numerals with luminescent coating. The mechanical, self-winding movement has a minimum 35-hour power reserve. Razny Jewelers, 1700 Green Bay Road, Highland Park, 847-432-5300
Boasting a white mother-of-pearl dial set with 11 Top Wesselton diamonds, the Aquaracer by TAG Heuer ($2,050) has a case and bracelet of alternate fine-brushed and polished steel. The faceted hour and minute hands offer luminescent markers for ease of reading in low light. C.D. Peacock, 172 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, 630-571-5355
According to Euromonitor International, the global market for women’s luxury watches was estimated at $10.3 billion last year—a 60 percent increase since 2005. With the demand for serious and stylish women’s timepieces, watchmakers are now putting more sporty pieces into play. Designed with the versatility of bracelets, these multifaceted timepieces incorporate helpful functions that make them useful tools from the locker room to the boardroom.