Come See A Topical Panel Debate At Esquire Townhouse

Howard Jacobson on Trump and much more besides

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This October 12-15, Esquire is taking over 10-11 Carlton House terrace in St James's for the second annual Esquire Townhouse with Dior – a pop-up members' club featuring four days of live interviews and masterclasses which you're very much invited to.

Another feature of the line-up is a series of topical and lively panel debates featuring key figures from the worlds of style, politics, watches, science and comedy as you can see from the line-up below. All tickets also include access to the Esquire Townhouse club, bar, spa and other benefits well worth leaving the house for. Find out more and book your tickets here.

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Everything You Wanted To Know About Watches But Were Afraid To Ask

From which vintage watches should be at the top of your wishlist, to the new brands you should be investing in now, our expert panel is on hand to answer your questions and offer a unique insight into the current state of the luxury world's most complex but compelling industry and what its future might look like. Featuring Brian Duffy, CEO of Aurum holdings, Toby Bateman, Managing Director of Mr Porter, George Bamford, Founder of the Bamford Watch Department and Danny Pizzigoni, the founder of The Watch Club.

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Thursday October 12th, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Hype, Hoodies and H@ndles: How Men Shop In 2017

2017 has been the year of the male shopper. Traditionally considered less interested and engaged than women, the value of the UK menswear market is expected to increase to £16 billion by 2021. This growth is partly down to how retailers, marketers and journalists are engaging with men in increasingly new and innovative ways. From the drop phenomenon, to the rise of streetwear and internet shopping, we speak to industry experts including Damien Paul, Head of menswear at Matches Fashion, Atip Wananuruks of Highsnobiety, Ben Banks of Four Marketing and Terry Betts of Thread.

Friday October 13th, 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Trump vs Tech. Who's The Biggest Threat Right Now? - with Howard Jacobson, Franklin Foer and Jacques Peretti.

Which is the greatest threat to the West in the post-truth era? Where does the real power lie in America? As global tensions and social instability feverishly soar what or who poses the biggest threat to our future? As Trump appears to feed our chaotic state with his overt politics four giant corporations have slowly positioned themselves as a beacon of hope, free speech and individuality. Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple have imperceptibly penetrated every level of our existence; what we once believed to be a platform for social change and solidarity has, in fact, become a catalyst for misinformation, conformity and the homogenisation of social, political and intellectual life. How did this happen, what does the future look like and can we prevent an impending crisis? A lively and captivating debate with Man Booker Prize winning author Howard Jacobson, Atlantic Magazines National Correspondent Franklin Foer and investigative journalist and filmmaker Jacques Perretti.

Sunday October 14th, 11:00am - 12:00pm

Blade Runner Special - The Science(ish) Behind the Movie

As Blade Runner 2049 hits our screens this October, it's at a time when many of us are asking questions about artificial intelligence, robots and whether machines will one day be able to think and even feel like humans. The perfect time then for a special Esquire Townhouse edition of the popular Science(ish) podcast which looks into the latest science behind our favourite movies, with regular hosts Rick Edwards and Dr Michael Brooks joined by special guest and AI expert Alex Flamant for what is sure to be a lively and revealing discussion about film, science and the future of life itself. Is that enough for you?

Sunday October 15th, 1:15pm - 2:15pm

Comedians Solving the World's Problems in an About An Hour

We've assembled a crack team of comedians for a live panel show with a difference as Adam Kay, Angela Barnes, Dane Baptiste, Matthew Crosby, and Glenn Moore attempt to solve the world's problems, oh in a bit less than an hour. So join some of the country's finest comedy talent (and less immediately obvious world problem-solving abilities) for a lively Sunday panel debate which you can also join in with via an audience Q&A.

Sunday October 15th, 1:30pm - 2:30pm