Sporty Chronographs Define Summer Cool
by roberta naas
FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: From 88 Rue du Rhone, this Double 8 Origin watch ($580) is crafted in stainless steel with black PVD and offers a quartz chronograph. This bold red Tissot T-Race watch ($650) is a quartz-powered chronograph with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and a red rubber strap. It’s also water-resistant to 100 meters. Powered by a Swiss quartz movement, the Steel Evolution Carbon watch ($950) from TechnoMarine is water-resistant to 200 meters. This durable, modern timepiece features a carbon fiber case and a silicone strap. Ritmo Mundo’s 221 Red IndyCar watch ($900) is crafted with a stainless steel case, carbon fiber dial, and rubber racing strap, and it’s powered by a Swiss Ronda 5040B quartz chronograph movement. This TW Steel Pilot Collection watch ($395) is a bold 45mm steel-cased chronograph with a black leather strap and red stitching.
Stay on the go—and on trend—without breaking a sweat this summer in one of the latest chronograph watches. These precise and practical timepieces—from makers as diverse as “accessible” Swiss newcomer 88 Rue du Rhone, St-Tropez’s flashy TechnoMarine, official NASCAR timekeeper Tissot, fashion-forward Ritmo Mundo, and the Netherlands-based chrono star TW Steel—let you time events. Meanwhile, their various dial designs (with sub-dials for measuring the hours and minutes) give them a sporty, edgy look, all for under $1,000.
“Chronograph” is synonymous with “cool” this summer, and considering the quality of these watches, it will be for seasons to come.
photography by jeff crawford/bigtop studio; styling by terry lewis