In the last edition of MR PORTER Watch Picks Of The Week, I featured a selection of watches that really embodied the notion of a timepiece you can wear day in and day out. Watches like Jaeger-LeCoultre's fantastic Polaris Perpetual Calendar, Panerai's Submersible QuarantaQuattro PAM01229 and Cartier's Pasha de Cartier Chronograph all encompassed that all-for-one package kind of deal.
This week I'll be featuring watches that are kind of the cream of their own respective crops. These watches might be restrictive in practice, but played at their own game and they truly excel. Much like the brilliant Master Control Date from Jaeger-LeCoultre. And Roger Dubuis' incredible Excalibur MB Skeleton. And the peculiar Baume & Mercier Ocean II.
Roger Dubuis Excalibur MB Skeleton
Roger Dubuis has a penchant for creating avant garde masterpieces, much like the Excalibur MB Skeleton. With its ceramic case and tonal leather strap, there already seems to be a super contemporary flow to the timepiece. Then you're hit with that bold and openworked dial, showing off the equally as impressive RD720SQ automatic movement, with its 178 hand-finished components and Roger Dubuis stylised star-shaped bridge. Riveting stuff, this.
IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph
Last week I featured the IWC Portugieser Automatic 40 in green. This week I have for you the IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph, also in green. The IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph reference IW378005 is one of the most practical and user-friendly watches in IWC's roster. Its chronograph is simple to use and wonderful to engage with. Its day-date function is legible and as easy to configure as the chronograph is to use. And that green dial is just absolutely beautiful. IWC really has found a winning formula for the Pilot's Watch Chronograph.
Baume & Mercier Ocean II
An oddity especially amongst the other watches here, yes. But the Baume & Mercier Ocean II has a deserving place on this list and for your consideration. Featuring a case made partially from recycled plastic pollutants recovered from the ocean by NGO Waste Free Oceans, and a SEAQUAL® canvas strap made from 100% post-consumer marine liter, the Baume & Mercier Ocean II is an environmentally conscious watch that packs a whole lot of punch.
Panerai Radiomir Eilean PAM1243
The Panerai Radiomir Eilean PAM1243 is a timepiece created to commemorate the yacht designed by William Fife named the 'Eilean'. The tell-tale signs of this yacht-inspired watch is its brown dial, modelled after the 'Eilean's' teak decks, as well as a strap with the 'Eilean' insignia, case inscriptions and an inscribed closed caseback. A very cool watch through and through.
Covering that tonneau shaped white gold case are diamonds as far as the eye can see. From the bezel to the dial, from the case to the bracelet and even the crown -- every bit of surface area of the Piaget Limelight is adorned with the most beautiful diamonds. The white gold case actually has 1.80 carats worth of brilliant-cut diamonds, the crown has a rose-cut diamond which weighs 0.10 carats, the bracelet is covered in brilliant-cut diamonds weighing 6.90 carats and the dial has 0.80 carats of brilliant-cut diamonds. Ultimate bling.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Date
This limited edition Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Date reference is a lovely easy to wear dress piece that you can pair with almost anything. I love that sunray finished blue dial, the lighter blue chapter ring and the cold look of the case which compliments the blue aesthetic of the dial. Top it off with a manufacturer movement and a navy leather strap, and what you have here is a divine piece of horology from the watchmakers' watchmaker.
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