I love the look of the Panerai watches with the little dials on the face but everyone seems to have one. Can you suggest another style that is similar but less common? Style Watcher, Dubai The Dictator rules: Not really. You are obviously showing off (but not about your watch knowledge; we believe you mean 'chronographs'). 'Common' is hardly the word for a watch that is expertly crafted in limited numbers. Informed salesman Jin Chan at Time Galleria (G/F, Central Building, 1 Pedder Street, Central, tel: 2526 7070) told us plainly that there could be no direct alternative to the brand's distinctive oversized case and style. We love the look of the Officine Panerai's Luminor and Radiomir watches (Officine Panerai, G/F, Prince's Building, Central, tel: 2522 9373; www. panerai.com), a marriage of Italian design and Swiss technology originally made for the Italian Navy. The appeal is heightened by their limited supply; you might have to wait several months for your choice of watch. What's more, Chan says they have good resale value should your good times turn bad, along with Rolexes and Patek Philippes. Our suggestion? Just get it! Otherwise, consider IWC's Da Vinci Chronograph (HK$99,000 and up; IWC, G/F, Prince's Building, tel: 2525 5323; www.iwc.com ). Others to check out: Girard-Perregaux, Bell & Ross, Hublot, U-Boat and Van Der Bauwede. Or, go classic with the Tag Heuer Monaco, famously worn by Steve McQueen or the stunning Cartier Roadster. We went shopping in Cat Street about two years ago and my wife saw a bead carved out of almond or walnut seed (it had been intricately carved into a scene with small figures) that she'd like to wear as a pendant. However, I haven't been able to find it again. I would love to surprise her with one of these for an anniversary gift. Do you know anyone who sells them? Going Nuts, Central The Dictator: What? No strange little carved nuts with boat scenes on the market? Shocking, isn't it? Well, not really. It's a sweet, romantic thought but if we were your wife, we'd prefer something, um, shinier. Your best bet is Yue Hwa's main store (301 Nathan Road, Jordan, tel: 2384 0084), where you'll find olive kernels carved with scenes from Chinese legends, as well as the more commonly found nuts carved in the shape of faces. Prices vary widely according to workmanship; from HK$100 to HK$2,280 per piece. We only found the Eighteen Buddhas and various scary-faced nuts along Cat Street Bazaar (Upper Lascar Row, Sheung Wan). Even the Jade Market in Yau Ma Tei was devoid of these odd treasures. However, some old curio shops on Kowloon side have the odd piece, such as Timmy Art Company (HK$55 and up; G/F, 220 Shanghai Street, Yau Ma Tei, tel: 2770 2759), should you wish to explore your options.