Failproof, trendy (poppy hues are everywhere on the high-end and fashion watch scenes) and will last you a long time. There’s no more auspicious time to get a ticker in this hot shade.

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From left: The Portofino Midsize (from $8,150) from IWC is as classic and elegant as they come. Minimalist fans will approve of this Emporio Armani number ($569, Watch Station International). The Baker model by Marc By Marc Jacobs ($440, Watch Station International) says ‘towkay’, but in a good way. Need an art piece on your wrist? This Warholian dial by Proff ($3,072, www.luisaviaroma.com) will do the trick. The Buckle watch ($1,780) from Salvatore Ferragamo is Italian glamour in that ’70s way – the dial and case take its cues from the brand’s buckles and hardware. Ths limited edition Promesse by Baume & Mercier comes with a red lacquer dial and in a very lucky run of 88 pieces.