WATCHES are a favourite choice of gift to the bride from her parents and there are now a number of attractive models on offer. Maurice Lacroix has recently launched the stylish Prado line of quartz dress watches named after the famous museum in Madrid because the design is a little more arty than its previous models, such as the popular Calypso. Whereas the Calypso is characterised by the claws on the case, Prado's bezel is slightly chiselled and its pattern continues down the middle of the bracelet and around the wrist. Prado comes only in bracelet execution. 'The factory developed it partly based on the input from our region, and particularly Hong Kong, because we've always said the Chinese prefer bracelet watches,' said the marketing manager Martin Bachmann. Besides its subtle design, the new watch boasts smoothly-finished components. It comes in the usual three options of high grade stainless steel, steel/gold plated, or fully gold plated. 'It's placed in quite an interesting price range, between roughly $5,000 and $8,000, which is more or less in line with Calypso,' Mr Bachmann said. 'In today's less buoyant market environment, price ranges like that are more and more attractive to people who are looking for value for money and sometimes get tired of paying a lot just for a famous name,' he said. Equally stylish is Longines' new quartz Golden Wing collection. 'This is a more contemporary look compared with Longines' previous style of basic simple elegance,' said marketing manager Ada Au. 'The dial still has a classic look but the bracelet is a bit different, more shiny and projects a younger image,' she said. The case and integrated bracelet of fluid curved links come in highly polished steel, steel and 18-carat gold, or all-gold with a choice of smooth or diamond-set bezel. Coloured leather straps are optional.