If you’re planning on buying a new watch for the spring, opt for a colourful one as bright coloured watches will continue to be in fashion for a while to come.

Such is the opinion of a spokesman from specialist watch and clock consumer electronic group Peers Hardy, who gave his predictions for watch trends this year.

He said: “Bright colours continue to dominate the fashion market and the trend for the ‘boyfriend-size’ watches shows no sign of abating.

“The use of alternative materials, such as titanium, will give consumers more choice and more brands will offer matching costume jewellery to complement their watches.”

An alternative to bright coloured watches, boyfriend watches first emerged as a hot trend when the likes of Miley Cyrus, Susan Sarandon and other stars started wearing them.

One of the best manufacturers of this type of watch is Fossil so keep an eye out for this brand when shopping for watches online.

When shopping for one, look for watches that are over-sized as if you were wearing your boyfriends watch so it should not be tight.

Black watches will go with anything, while silver ones are great for wearing on a night out. Alternatively invest in a number of coloured watches to match the shades of your favourite outfits.

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