Welcome to the next edition of MR PORTER x Haulogerie: Watch Picks of the Week. In this week's instalment, we'll be featuring some amazing watches from the likes of Panerai, Cartier and Jaeger-LeCoultre. Enjoy!
Panerai Luminor Marina Carbotech PAM1664
From the blue ocean-inspired dial and matching alligator strap to the 30-bar water resistance, Panerai's 'Luminor Marina' is a true diving timepiece. It's been crafted in Switzerland from Carbotech™ with a matte black appearance and uneven grain, so each watch has a unique look. Powered by an in-house calibre P.9010 automatic movement with an impressive three-day power reserve, it has a sandwich dial which allows the luminescence to shine through the cutout Arabic numerals and indices.
Girard-Perregaux 1966 Infinity Edition
A master horologer since 1791, Girard-Perregaux is an expert in marrying complexity with elegance. This '1966 Infinity' watch is more minimally detailed than other models in the house's line, making it a true classic that exudes timelessness from every aspect. Crafted in Switzerland, it features a clean black onyx dial with rhodium-plated hands and baton-style indices that are complemented by a polished stainless steel case. Through the sapphire glass crystal back, you can appreciate the intricate workings of the GP03300-1402 automatic movement - built entirely in-house from 190 components and finished with an oscillating weight that bears the Côtes de Genève pattern. The smart black leather strap will go particularly well with evening attire.
Panerai Luminor Yachts Challenge Chronograph PAM00788
Maritime activities are deeply rooted in Panerai's watchmaking – the maison has supplied timepieces to navies around the world since the '40s and has strong ties with the annual Classic Yachts Challenge, which gives this watch its name. An updated, sportier version of the much-loved 'Luminor' model, whose iconic form was coined in the '50s, this ceramic and rubber edition is equipped with a nautical tachymeter for on the fly speed calculations plus a flyback stopwatch function – invaluable to regatta skippers timing manoeuvres down to the wire.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Moon
Any guy with a fondness for the traditional will love Jaeger-LeCoultre's 'Master Ultra Thin' series – the horologist describes the refined watches as "purity, and nothing else". This version is equipped with an elegant moon phase and date feature and powered by a 925/1 automatic movement with 30 jewels, which you can admire through the sapphire crystal case back. It’s housed in durable stainless steel with a leather strap and smart black dial.
The 'Santos' watch was originally created in 1904 by Mr Louis Cartier when Brazilian aviator Mr Alberto Santos-Dumont requested a timepiece he could use while flying. Recognised today by the signature curved horns and exposed screws, this squared model has a 39.8mm 18-karat pink gold case that houses an opalescent dial detailed with Roman numerals. This style is expertly crafted with the innovative 'QuickSwitch' feature, which allows you to easily alternate between the chain link bracelet and alligator strap depending on the occasion.
IWC Pilot's Le Petit Prince Edition
Since 2006, Swiss horology expert IWC has honoured the life's work of pilot and poet Mr Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, who is most famous for his 1943 literary classic The Little Prince. A pioneering blend of legibility, precision and chronograph utility, this 'Pilot's' watch has a robust 79320 calibre automatic movement housed in a stainless steel and soft-iron case - the combination protects against external magnetic field interference to maintain accuracy. The back is engraved with an image of the Little Prince sporting his coat and sword, the same way Saint-Exupéry drew him.
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