The latest 'MR PORTER x Haulogerie: Picks of the Week' column takes a pretty steep dive into the world of chronographs with some amazing examples from Zenith, IWC and TAG Heuer. We've also got some incredible openworked pieces from Girard-Perregaux, along with a handful of other goodies. Enjoy!
NOMOS Glashütte 'At Work' Metro Neomatik
Featuring a distinct silver-cut dial that underwent a meticulous nine-step process to achieve its unique look, the 'At Work' Metro Neomatik has a brilliant design well versed in being worn casually or in a more dressy environment. Dashes of colour adorn the dial, and the sleek skyscraper hands round off a super appealing package.
TAG Heuer Autavia Chronograph
A tried and tested classic in its own right, TAG Heuer's Autavia Chronograph is a revelation for the brand. Heralding in a new era of traditional watchmaking, the Autavia Chronograph blends modernity with heritage in a versatile and wearable ensemble.
IWC Portugieser Chronograph
Another iconic timepiece, IWC's Portugieser Chronograph is as loved as it is known. Subtle details, delicacy and purposefulness correlate in a package that is undeniably stunning. Available in a variety of colour variations, the white dial with blued steel hands is one of my favourites.
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster
Clad in 42mm of black ceramicised aluminium, the Zenith El Primero Chronomaster is a sight to behold, that's for sure. With its recognisable panda-style dial, the El Primero Chronomaster blends the worlds of high horology, luxury and sports effortlessly. The El Primero Chronomaster is a marvel of contemporary design and brilliant engineering.
IWC Pilot's Mark XVIII Heritage
From its robust 40mm wide titanium case to its bold luminescent hour numerals and hands, the Pilot's Mark XVIII Heritage is a crowning jewel amongst some megastarts within the IWC manufacture. Combining heritage with modernity, the Pilot's Mark XVIII Heritage is like a breath of fresh air and it's a watch that wouldn't look out of place regardless of where it's worn.
Girard-Perregaux Classic Bridges Skeleton
Boy am I happy we can finally feature Girard-Perregaux! It's easily one of my favourite watchmakers, and the Classic Bridges Skeleton is a highlight of the brand's extensive and super impressive collection of masterpieces. Clad in 45mm of rose gold, the Classic Bridges Skeleton features Girard-Perregaux's iconic 'bridge' architecture, holding the hands and balance spring in place. Virtually completely openworked, the Classic Bridges Skeleton is a beautiful piece of machinery that marries the worlds of tradition, class and opulence together in a stunning package.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Geographic
Jaeger-LeCoultre is full of exceptional timepieces, but one such watch that I feel is overshadowed by the likes of the Master Ultra Thin and the Reverso is the lovely Master Geographic. This particular example has a 39mm rose gold case, a brilliant asymmetrical dial and a beautiful personality about it that I find extremely appealing. It also offers an abundance of information that is useful for daily wear, too.
Girard-Perregaux 1966 Full Calendar
No two ways about it, Girard-Perregaux know how to make a watch. And the 1966 Full Calendar is no exception. Featuring a stainless steel case, a silver opaline dial and the bragging rights in winning the Neuchâtel Observatory Centenary Prize, the 1966 Full Calendar blends the romanticism of a moonphase with the real-world usability of a full calendrier timepiece.
Zenith Defy El Primero 21 Chronograph
With its ceramic case, skeletonised dial and sporty look, the Defy El Primero 21 Chronograph is perhaps the coolest watch on this list. Black on black with dashes of colour, Zenith's uber-modern Defy El Primero 21 Chronograph has an abundance of details and technique that quintessentially captures the notion of modern haute horlogerie. With nothing left to chance, Zenith has executed a contemporary masterpiece with the Defy El Primero 21 Chronograph.
Girard-Perregaux Laureato Skeleton
The acclaimed Laureato is back, and it's better than ever. Now boasting a skeletonised dial, displaying its supreme GP01800-0006 automatic movement, the Laureato Skeleton is one of my favourite pieces from Girard-Perregaux. Drawing from the original design inspiration of the mid 1970s, the Laureato Skeleton marries tradition with modern design and progressive engineering to create a watch that is absolutely scintillating.
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