By Maria Doulton in London
I am sure I am not the only woman who thinks that buying for men is so much harder than choosing a present for a woman. So what to do as Christmas approaches and once again the big "what shall I get him" question looms like a dark cloud on the fast approaching horizon?
A good place to start would be to head over to Harrods to the The Man by Cartier pop-up selling exhibition, where there are watches, cufflinks, accessories, leather goods and other man-pleasing luxury items galore. The event runs until 19 November, giving you ample time to choose the perfect gift for the man in your life.
Cartier has been making watches for 110 years and the exhibition celebrates some of the maison's most iconic designs, including the Santos, the very first wristwatch by Cartier made for Brazilian aviation pioneer Santos-Dumont, and the enduringly elegant Tank watch.
The Man by Cartier salon has the feeling of a gentlemen's club with its comfortable chairs, contemporary wood panelling and mini library - a luxurious setting in which you can browse a range of watches that span the watchmaking history of Cartier. Starting with the early timepieces created by the intrepid Cartier brothers right up to the brand new Calibre de Cartier Diver watch, the history of horology at Cartier is succinctly brought to life at Harrods. There is even a film, called Shape Your Time, to help tell the story as well as Cartier's knowledgeable staff on hand.
Don't miss the ID One and ID Two, Cartier's groundbreaking concept watches, which are a rare treat to see in London. And if you are really going to push the boat out, ask to see the Fine Watchmaking Collection with its mechanical marvels that will delight watch connoisseurs.
In fact, I have an even better idea for you: send your man to Harrods. I am sure he will enjoy this thoroughly male affair and emerge immersed in the wonderful world of Cartier. He may well come back with a wish list of Christmas gift ideas that will make your life so much easier. Merci beaucoup, Cartier!