Where should you be looking if you’ve got a slightly higher budget of, say, £3k to £6k?
Beth: Brands such as a IWC, Panerai and Breitling are all strong in this bracket, spanning sporty, elegant and highly technical styles.
And if you can stretch to £10k?
Beth: For real investment-worthy pieces, Rolex is always going to be near the top of the wish list, with Jaeger-LeCoultre, Hublot and Cartier following closely behind.
Are there any watch trends worth knowing about at the moment?
Beth: There’s certainly a continued reinvigoration of historic styles and this can be seen either as inspiration or as direct relaunches. Alongside the ever popular blue and silver dials – and increasingly green too – there is also a trend for unique dials, like Moser’s iconic Fumé dial or the eye-catching Cruz-Diez collection from Hublot.
Which styles or brands never go out of fashion?
Beth: Forever in style is the stainless-steel professional or sports watch, with a number of new models entering the race this year, including Chopard’s Alpine Eagle and the Odysseus by A Lange & Söhne.
Do you go for a small or large face?
Beth: Choosing the size of the case is extremely important and can change the look and feel of the watch, but it’s completely down to personal taste and the readability of the chosen complication. A pilot, for example, will always need to have a more substantial case size than a simple date function.
And what about the strap?
Matthew: Strap prices depend on the type and quality of the material. Leather straps are generally less expensive than alligator straps.
Beth: Outside of the more expensive metal bracelet models, more and more brands are creating watches with straps that can be easily interchanged, allowing greater flexibility in the look of your watch.
Where should you go to buy a luxury watch?
Matthew: A great place to start looking is online and social media. To actually buy though you’re best going to a shop and trying on the watch to see it on your wrist. How does it make you feel when you wear it, what does it look like on you, how comfortable is it? All of these are important questions and things you can’t answer from buying online.