Welcome back to MR PORTER x Haulogerie: Watch Picks of the Week. In this week's edition, we'll be featuring a handful of interesting watches, including pieces from Panerai, IWC and Cartier. Enjoy!
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli Automatic Skeleton
The 'Excalibur Spider' is the result of a partnership between the revolutionary Roger Dubuis and iconic Italian tire manufacturer Pirelli, who share a fearlessness in the pursuit of performance. It has a robust 45mm DLC-coated titanium case that houses the watchmaker's signature skeletonised dial and calibre 820SQ automatic movement, and an exhibition case back that means it can be appreciated from either side. The strap, meanwhile, is embossed with a tread pattern on the inside and made with rubber inlays from real Pirelli tires that have raced in some of the most prestigious competitions.
Hermès Slim d'Hermès Squelette Lune
Hermès' 'Squalette Luna' automatic watch is the latest design to join the house's 'Slim d'Hermès' collection and quite the feat of horological engineering. Housed in a polished titanium case, it has an open-worked dial that features a minimal take on the classic double moon-phase display and crisp typeface created by Philippe Apeloig. It's set on a graphite-hued leather strap that's stitched with blue threads to complement the grey tones of the movement.
Panerai Luminor Marina PAM01356
Identifiable by the signature square bezel, Panerai's 'Luminor' timepieces take their cues from watches used by the Italian Navy during the '50s. Refined and updated for today with a sleek Swiss-made construction and eSteel™ case, this 'Marina' iteration boasts all the original technical advantages including an impressive 30-bar water resistance. Behind sapphire glass crystal, hour and minute hands keep time to an automatic movement against easily legible Arabic numerals. Switch out the rubber strap for the recycled PET one if you're considering swimming or diving.
IWC Big Pilot's Automatic Perpetual Calendar
The 'Big Pilot's Perpetual Calendar' is one of the most technically complex watches IWC has ever made - the complication, developed by Kurt Klaus in the '80s, ensures reliability through leap years and months of different lengths. Powered by a calibre 52615 automatic movement, this Swiss-made reference has a 'Racing Green' dial with moon phase, day, date and month counters. It's fitted on a durable webbing strap to match the black ceramic case.
Cartier Ballon Bleu de Cartier
Cartier's 'Ballon Bleu' 40mm watch has an elegant circular bezel, which is reminiscent of a hot air balloon - hence the name. Powered by a precise automatic movement, it has a date window at 3 o'clock and blued sunray-brushed dial to match the spinel crystal cabochon. Both the case and bracelet are crafted from polished stainless steel, so it makes a most elegant choice of timepiece.
Panerai Luminor GMT PAM01279
Panerai's 'Luminor' watch has been expertly crafted in Switzerland with a cushion-shaped titanium case and a crown-protecting device. The sun-brushed blue dial is detailed with luminous hands and markers for visibility in low light, along with a seconds sub-dial and a GMT function to keep track of two time zones. It runs on an in-house calibre P.9010 automatic movement with a three-day power reserve and fastens with a sleek black alligator strap.
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