Mention the words “sports” and “watches” in the same sentence and garish images of chunky digital watches in exaggerated proportions may immediately come to mind. As luxury watchmakers today recognise a market for sports watches that are highly functional — but stylishly so — there’s been an influx of high-end models that boast both versatility and character, with performance that rivals mens’ watches. 

Of course, if you’re looking for a watch for the leading lady in your life, you’d want to make sure it can withstand her busy schedule. Far from the basic “shrink it and pink it” design ethos that once ruled the drawing board for ladies’ timepieces, these sports watches have mechanical movements that are just as capable as the men’s, despite their pretty façades of precious materials such as diamonds, rose gold, and mother-of-pearl.

With Mother’s Day around the corner, you’ll want to make sure you get her something that not only sits pretty on her wrist, but is also functional enough to become a mainstay in her daily routine. These timepieces below take top spots in our hearts for nailing both athleticism and elegance.