In the latest instalment of our regular series where we go watch spotting with MR PORTER, we've put together a handful of seriously interesting calendar watches. With pieces from H. Moser & Cie, Chopard and Jaeger-LeCoultre, we're sure that there's something here for everyone.
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.
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.
Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix Complete Calendar
This Vacheron Constantin 'FiftySix' watch is inspired by an archival mid-century style updated with a sleek navy dial and matching alligator strap. Certified with a Geneva Seal, it's been manufactured in Switzerland from stainless steel and powered by an in-house calibre 2460 QCL/1 automatic movement with a 40-hour power reserve. The complete calendar complication includes the day, date and month along with a moon phase indicator.
Bovet Récital 21 Perpetual Calendar
From the perpetual calendar to the five-day power reserve, there is so much to appreciate about Bovet's hand-wound 'Récital 21' watch. The indicator is decorated with elegant Côtes de Genève engravings and traced with a French motto that translates to "masterfully handcrafted - to serve punctual gentlemen - whereby we certify lasting value". Then, there's the double coaxial seconds feature, which is masterfully engineered to turn clockwise whether viewed from the front or back. All are housed in the lightweight titanium 'Writing Slope' case and anchored by a croc-effect leather strap rendered in blue to match the hand-lacquered features.
Chopard L.U.C Perpetual Twin
Paying homage to Mr Louis-Ulysse Chopard himself, the 'L.U.C' watch showcases the mastery of watchmaking that his Maison has cultivated in the century and half since its foundation. Entirely assembled at Chopard's Swiss workshop down to the smallest parts, this stainless steel 'Perpetual Twin' timepiece is named in reference to its perpetual calendar complication (a union of the practical and the poetic, to borrow the Maison's description), and the Chopard power reserve's twin-barrel technology. The calibre is COSC-certified, and its date-keeping complication even takes leap years into account - as such you won't need to adjust yours until the year 2100.
H. Moser & Cie Endeavour Perpetual Calendar
H. Moser & Cie.'s watches might appear simple on first look, but technically speaking, that couldn't be further from the truth. Take this 'Endeavour Perpetual Calendar' timepiece - the Cosmic green fumé dial alone requires over 200 different steps to achieve the gradient sunburst effect. Encased in 18-karat white gold, it's powered by an in-house calibre HMC 800 hand-wound movement and boasts a 168-hour power reserve. A date window sits at three o'clock, while the hour indices double as months of the year, with a small arrow signifying the calendar function.