|  29 may 2014

Maria Doulton: We are now going to find out which are the top picks from men's watches. I'm leaving this to two experts and two men. One of them is James Gurney who is the editor-in-chief and director of QP magazine in England.

James: Hello. Thank you, Maria.

Maria Doulton: You're welcome. The other is Simon de Burton, who is a freelance journalist, specialising in watches, who has been writing about watches for quite a few years.

Simon: The new Nautilus from Patek Philippe; it's one of their two steel, semi-complication watches. I think it's really interesting.

James: The first piece is from a friend called Jacob, which has been known for its bling, jewellery-encrusted watches. Jacob has created a quite incredible tourbillon on this watch, in which the tourbillon revolves around the dial.

Simon: I very much enjoyed Maurice Lacroix. I saw them yesterday. There is just a really ambitious design going on there. They have nothing terribly new. There is a nice take on the Breguet tradition where the escapement is sat above the dial.

My next one again is another brand I think is really on the move. Jean Richard, which is a name well known in watch cognoscente circles for a long, long time. But, has really failed to make any impact in the wider world. You can really see the heavyweight effort put into the design and branding. The end result is watches with real interest. There is a terrascope with a dial that takes its pattern from Hokusai's wave.

James: Another choice, well, it's a fairly obvious choice I'm afraid, but it is probably the Rolex Oyster, with a new grape coloured dial.

Simon: If we are going for dial choices, I'll go for something I saw this morning which is from Glashütte.They have got a new chronograph calibre with some nice technical details. It's got a screw balance etc. They have put it in their seventies case, their seventies retro case.

Maria Doulton:  You're a bit of a seventies man, aren't you?

Simon: I have a leaning in that direction!

Maria Doulton: So you have heard it from the experts; that's what's going to be hot for men this year. Thank you James.

James: Thank you Maria.

Maria Doulton:  Thank you Simon.

Simon: Thank you very much.

Maria Doulton: While James and Simon may differ in their choice of favourite men's watches for this year, my choice is very clear. It's a Chopard fairmined gold watch because it's the first of its kind to be made from a gold that comes with sustainable and ethical qualities.

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