Welcome back to the latest edition of our regular series, MR PORTER x Haulogerie: Watch Picks of the Week. In this week's instalment, we'll be featuring some incredible watches from the likes of Vacheron Constantin, Jaeger-LeCoultre and Laurent Ferrier. Enjoy!
Cartier Tonneau XL Dual Time
Cartier's 'Tonneau' model was first introduced in 1906 and has now been revived with a few modern-day updates. The sleek open-worked 18-karat rose gold case is fitted with two curved skeletonised dials showing dual timezones, making it a great tool for frequent flyers. The in-house 9919 MC-calibre movement that powers both can be seen through the exhibition case back – though each is individually hand-wound using the angled blue sapphire-topped crowns. It may be titled as 'XL', but it's still a relatively slim and non-invasive timepiece, sitting at just 29.8mm in diameter with a narrow dark-grey alligator strap.
Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Tourbillon
This Vacheron Constantin timepiece is part of the 'Traditionnelle' line - a collection which "pays tribute to the craftsmanship and expertise passed on from generation to generation". It's engineered with an intricate hand-assembled tourbillon - tumbling the ticking escapement once every minute within its hand-finished Maltese cross cage - that could be the most effortless expression of watchmaking’s trickiest complication. It's housed in polished 18-karat pink gold and affixed to a handsome brown alligator strap.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon
From Jaeger-LeCoultre's elegant 'Master' collection, this 'Ultra Thin' watch measures just 11.3mm in depth – an amazing feat when you consider how much impressive engineering is contained within the slim 18-karat pink gold case. It holds a powerful Swiss-made 978G-calibre automatic movement with a 45-power reserve, in addition to a gold-bridged tourbillon visible both at the clean 'eggshell' beige dial and under the sapphire crystal exhibition case back. Finishing touches include a precise small seconds track, polished and brushed Dauphine hands and a smart alligator strap.
IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Boutique Edition
The 'Portugieser' watch is an IWC icon, and this 'Boutique Edition' combines classic design features from the original with some of the Swiss label's most impressive technical innovations. Housed in a durable, wear-resistant 18-karat Armor Gold® case, it's engineered with a perpetual calendar complication that displays the date, day, month and year, along with moon phase and power reserve indicators. It's powered by a calibre 52610 automatic movement and set on a midnight-blue alligator strap.
Laurent Ferrier Square Automatic
Laurent Ferrier subscribes to the philosophy that design requires a harmony of form and function, resulting in some really elegant timepieces. A model often lauded for its nuance and simplicity, this 'Square' watch is crafted with the signature stainless steel cushion-shaped case, which feels particularly comfortable against the contours of the wrist. It frames a red gold-toned dial, which is satin-brushed to accentuate the markers and indices and increase legibility. The movement is an in-house design, fitted with silicon components to enhance efficiency and the mechanics of the self-winding action.
Piaget Polo Square Diamonds
Piaget redefined the category of sport watches when it introduced the 'Polo' back in 1979 - this skeletonised model is the latest evolution of the now iconic style. Designed to showcase technical excellence, it's been engineered in Switzerland with an ultra-thin calibre 1200S1 automatic movement that's housed in an 18-karat white gold case and features an engraved coat of arms on the micro-rotor. It's framed with graduated prong-set diamonds along the bezel and fitted on a classic blue alligator strap.
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