Welcome to the next edition of our regular series 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, Roger Dubuis and Piaget. Enjoy and happy shopping!
Roger Dubuis Excalibur EON Gold Double Flying Tourbillon
Extreme technical ingenuity is the creed of Roger Dubuis. With a substantial 45mm ‘EON gold’ case that’s resistant to tarnish for a lifetime, this ultimate iteration of the 'Excalibur' watch showcases the feat of the 108-SQ double flying tourbillion carriages within a dramatically skeletonised dial, while chamfered edges sharpen the graphic lines of the architecture. Equally impressive in performance as in visuals, it's certified with the Poinçon de Genève, whose seal takes 360 hours of hand-finishing to make the grade.
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.
Chopard Alpine Eagle
After observing his grandfather's stainless steel 'St. Moritz' watch, Chopard Copresident Mr Karl-Fritz Scheufele was inspired to reissue it with a few variations - the resulting 'Alpine Eagle' is a timepiece that combines sports functionality with elegant aesthetics. This version features the classic configuration of an integrated 18-karat rose gold bracelet, a balanced 41mm case and galvanic-treated Aletsch blue dial recalling the icy plains of the Alps' famous Glacier. The Roman numerals and indices are coated with Super-LumiNova® Grade X1 for superior legibility over time, while a window between 4 and 5 o'clock displays the date.
Piaget Polo Skeleton
Piaget had some notable wearers back in the '70s - Messrs Roger Moore and Andy Warhol favouring the original editions of the fine watchmaker's entry to the disco jetset, 'Polo', while Mr Miles Davis was an early adopter of the house's skeleton styles. A slick and contemporary fusion of both, this model is crafted from stainless steel, which complements the displayed mechanisms of its 1200S automatic movement. It's impressively slim by virtue of the embedded micro-rotor, and each component has been chamfered to sharpen the lines of their striking architecture.
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.
Panerai Luminor Chrono Automatic Chronograph PAM01110
As day fades from dusk to night, the cutout numerals and indices of Panerai's 'Luminor Chrono' timepiece begin to glow - the Florentine watchmaker's founder pioneered Radiomir, the first substance of its kind to give luminosity to dials. Cast from sturdy brushed stainless steel, it's built with a crown-protecting safety lock and left-hand chronograph pushers. A Swiss-engineered P.9200. chronograph movement turns behind the elegant sun-brushed blue dial, which features hollowed minutes and seconds chronograph dials for precise timekeeping.