Keeping Time

Shrinking violets may have a problem with this season’s ode to color showing up on the wrists of women everywhere. Watches don’t have to be formal anymore; they can be eye-popping accessories in sun burst hues unleashed for day or night.

1. Cellini Cellissima watch by Rolex. $10,250 at Julianna’s Fine Jewelry (Corte Madera). 415.924.9711,

2. Ladies Thoroughbred watch by David Yurman. $3,700 at Saks Fifth Avenue (SF). 415.986.4300,

3. Retrograde Bring Back unisex watch by Swatch. $210 at Swatch (SF). 415.296.7883,

4. Agathon Medium Lady in three new colors by Faberge. Price upon request at Amir Mozaffarian (SF). 415.391.9995,

Whether it’s a thin, understated black strap for a formal affair, a bulky chronograph for the weekend, or a sleek steel piece for the office, the watch has been said to be the most important accessory in a man’s wardrobe.

1. Swiss Gents watch by Skagen Designs. $175 at Time After Time (Sausalito). 415.332.8821

2. Master Compressor Diving GMT designed to withstand extreme conditions by Jaeger-LeCoultre. Starting at $8,200 at Shreve & Co. (SF). 415.421.2600,

3. Seamaster NZL-32 Chrono watch by Omega. $4,600 at Rafael Jewelers (San Rafael). 415.453.3580,

4. Tiffany Mark 18k gold automatic Tri-Retrograde perpetual calendar on black alligator strap by Tiffany & Co. Price upon request at Tiffany & Co. (SF). 415.781.7000,

Mimi Towle

Mimi Towle has been the editor of Marin Magazine for over a decade. She lived with her family in Sycamore Park and Strawberry and thoroughly enjoyed raising two daughters in the mayhem of Marin’s youth sports; soccer, swim, volleyball, ballet, hip hop, gymnastics and many many hours spent at Miwok Stables. Her community involvements include volunteering at her daughter’s schools, coaching soccer and volleyball (glorified snack mom), being on the board of both Richardson Bay Audubon Center. Currently residing on a floating home in Sausalito, she enjoys all water activity, including learning how to steer a 6-person canoe for the Tamalpais Outrigger Canoe Club. Born and raised in Hawaii, her fondness for the islands has on occasion made its way into the pages of the magazine.