Welcome back to the next edition of MR PORTER x Haulogerie. In this week's instalment, we'll be highlighting some amazing pieces, including a few watches from Jaeger-LeCoultre, something out of the ordinary from Girard-Perregaux and a delightful bank-breaking Panerai to tempt you. Enjoy!
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Calendar Chronograph
There isn't much in terms of complications that Jaeger-LeCoultre hasn't already accomplished, but the 'Master Control', with its triple threat of a chronograph, treble calendar and moon phase, is a first. Resembling the round watch cases produced by the house in the mid-20th century, this 40mm model is crafted from non-tarnishing Le Grand Rose Gold® and has a contrasting brown alligator strap. The dial displays calendar functions at six and 12 o'clock, while the graduated chronograph scale for pulsations can measure heart rates.
IWC Big Pilot's Perpetual Calendar
The 'Big Pilot's' watch is one of IWC's flagship models with a military heritage that stretches back to WWII. Equipped with a perpetual calendar complication, this edition combines the house's technical expertise with the purity of the original timepieces - the triangle at 12 o'clock, simple Arabic numerals and conical crown are all lifted from the 1940s version. With a polished and brushed stainless steel case and blue leather strap, it'll sit well against relaxed suiting and almost any casual outfit.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Calendar
Jaeger-LeCoultre launched its first 'Calendar' watch in 1945 and added the 'Master' edition to the range in 2013. Powered by an in-house calibre 866/1 automatic movement, this reference is engineered with highly legible complications, including a date hand, day and month windows and moon phase sub-dial. The sleek stainless case is a nice complement to the silver sunray dial, while the brown leather strap makes it suitable for everyday wear.
Panerai Luminor Marina PAM01112
Panerai's Laboratorio di Idee in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, is where its master watchmakers and engineers develop, innovate and fine-tune their exclusive technologies, inspired by the brand’s heritage as a tool diving-watch pioneer at the service of Italian WWII frogmen. Encased in the label's durable Goldtech™, resistant to oxidation thanks to the addition of platinum, this 'Luminor Marina Sole Blu' watch is powered by an in-house-built calibre P.9010 automatic movement. Signature design details include a crown-protecting safety lock and sun-brushed sandwich dial that matches the dark-blue alligator strap.
Girard-Perregaux Laureato Perpetual Calendar
Inspired by the original 1975 'Laureato' model created by architect Adolfo Natalini , Girard-Perregaux's 42mm timepiece fuses modern proportions with time-honoured craftsmanship. This reference is carved from polished and satin-finished stainless steel and features a distinctive octagonal bezel framing a blue dial adorned with the house's 'Clou de Paris' pattern - the date windows and hour indications stand out in contrast allowing for easy reading. It's powered by an in-house automatic movement with a useful perpetual calendar complication that requires manual correction only every century.
Polo Polo Skeleton
This skeletonised 'Polo' watch is Piaget's latest interpretation of the iconic style it launched in 1979. Fitted on a blue alligator strap, it's been manufactured in Switzerland with a satin-finished 18-karat pink gold case and has a signature cushion-shaped dial with a recessed minute track. It's powered by an ultra thin calibre 1200S1 automatic movement that's visible from all angles, thanks to the exhibition case back - notice how the micro-rotor is engraved with the label's historic coat of arms.
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