Welcome to the tenth instalment of our regular series highlighting the best watches available on the world's best men's fashion destination, 'MR PORTER x Haulogerie: Picks of the Week'. In this week's column we have pieces from Vacheron Constantin, Girard-Perregaux, Piaget and Cartier. Enjoy!
Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix Complete Calendar
A seamless combination of style, heritage, relevance and usability makes Vacheron Constantin's Fiftysix Complete Calendar a complete winner in our book. And the addition of a discreet moonphase adds a touch of romanticism that is certainly appreciated.
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Automatic
Time-only perfection in the form of the Patrimony Automatic. Clad in 40mm of 18k pink gold and featuring a blue sunray dial, the Patrimony Automatic is the quintessential classical dress watch.
Girard-Perregaux Laureato Skeleton
The Laureato Skeleton represents an adventurous and bold direction Girard-Perregaux. Complete skeletonisation of the dial, coupled with the stainless steel case and bracelet makes for an audacious yet super appealing attempt at creating a sports haute horlogerie timepiece.
Piaget Altiplano Small-Seconds
Piaget is renowned for creating masterpieces. And the Altiplano Small-Seconds is no exception to that. This micro-work-of-art is captivating, beautiful and supremely interesting. I particularly love the contrast between the thickened bezel and super thin hands and hour numerals.
Cartier Santos de Cartier Skeleton Noctambule
From Cartier comes the charismatic Santos de Cartier Skeleton Noctambule. Another skeletonised wonder, the Santos de Cartier Skeleton Noctambule epitomises the boundaries of which the Santos can be pushed without looking too 'out there'.
Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Qualité Fleurier
With its guilloche-bevelled dial, Parmigiani Fleurier's Toric Qualité Fleurier certainly makes a statement. The dial and machined case make for an abundance of textures which may be a touch busy, but all in all still quite appealing and something I could definitely wear.
Bell & Ross BR V2-94 R.S.18 Renault Limited Edition Chronograph
Fans of Formula 1, Daniel Riccardo and a smooth-talking French team manager can extend their connection with the whole genome of motor racing with the BR V2-94 R.S.18 Renault Limited Edition Chronograph. The standard platform of Bell & Ross' chronograph is seen here, and while it is due for an update it definitely works well with Renault's distinguishable colour scheme.
Oris Aquis Hammerhead Limited Edition
Oris' Aquis Hammerhead is one of my all time favourite affordable watches. It has a very interesting colour palette to it that is broken up by the single blue minute hands. The addition of a day-date indicator is welcoming, but it is fairly large at over 45mm in diameter.
IWC Portugieser Automatic
IWC's Portugieser Automatic is brilliant. Available in a multitude of dial colour and case variations, the blue dial on steel case is still the prime choice for many. Large, distinct, legible and super wearable, the Portugieser Automatic just ticks so many boxes.
Zenith Elite Moonphase
Zenith can produce the absurd with the Defy, but it can also produce the classical with its Elite collection. The Elite Moonphase combines the beautiful brilliance of a moonphase indicator, along with a small-seconds dial placed unconventionally at 9 o'clock, along with an oddly placed date window just after 1 o'clock. The result is something that is very interesting and makes you look twice.