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MR PORTER x Haulogerie: Watch Picks of the Week #115

Welcome back to MR PORTER x Haulogerie: Watch Picks of the Week. In this edition, we've got some amazing watches from the likes of Roger Dubuis, Cartier, Vacheron Constantin and IWC. Happy shopping!

Bremont Supermarine Bamford

Bremont's 'Supermarine' collection is built to withstand professional dives – thanks to the brand's signature Trip-Tick® case construction, you'll find this 'Bamford' timepiece will look almost new, even after you've pushed it to its limits. Animated by a chronometer-tested movement, it has a midnight-black dial, illuminated by Super-LumiNova® hands and indices that'll remain visible at great depths. The 43mm diameter is suitably substantial, and the chunky lugs anchor a lightweight nylon webbing strap. It's configured with 50 bar water resistance, so you have all you need to tackle challenging underwater conditions.

Cartier Ballon Bleu de Cartier

Cartier's 'Ballon Bleu de Cartier' watch has a curved 18-karat pink gold case and sapphire cabochon crown - details inspired by a balloon floating through the air. It's been expertly crafted in Switzerland, powered by a calibre 1847 MC automatic movement with 42-hour power reserve, and secures with a sleek dark-grey alligator strap. The sunray-brushed dial features signature Roman numerals and sword-shaped hands.

Ulysse Nardin Blast Automatic Tourbillon Skeleton

Ulysse Nardin’s ‘Blast’ watch comes from its ‘Executive’ collection, and is a striking example of the kind of modern, innovative design with which Ulysse Nardin has become universally associated in recent years. Set on a rubber strap with a case made from 18-karat rose gold and titanium, it is powered by an in-house movement that is showcased beneath a skeletonised dial. It is certainly worthy of close inspection for the flying tourbillon at six o’clock (note the silicon balance spring, anchor and escapement wheel – Ulysse Nardin has always been at the forefront of silicon’s usage in watchmaking) and the micro-rotor at 12 o’clock, made from platinum and coated in rose gold. The two elements are highlighted within the X-shaped dial design, the brand’s signature motif.

Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921

The distinctive design of Vacheron Constantin's 'Historiques' watch is closely modelled after a style from 1921 that was specially made for Americans during the Roaring Twenties - it has a diagonal face that's readable without having to turn your wrist, and a crown at the top corner, rather than the side. Detailed with a railway dial-train, Arabic numerals and small seconds sub-dial, it's crafted from 18-karat pink gold and powered by a calibre 4400 AS hand-wound movement with a power reserve that lasts nearly 3 days.

IWC Portugieser Yacht Club Moon & Tide Chronograph

In creating the 'Portugieser Yacht Club' watch, IWC was able to capture the interplay the moon and the sun have on the earth's tides. Within its 18-karat red gold case, the blue dial features low- and high-tide indication and a double moon-phase aperture for the northern and southern hemispheres with integrated display of neap and spring tides. The rubber and textile strap underscores its maritime influences.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur EON Gold Flying Tourbillon

When it comes to skilled watchmaking, Roger Dubuis is certainly in a lane of its own - each timepiece is a mechanical marvel. Limited to just 88 pieces, this 'Excalibur' watch has been constructed in the brand's Genevan workshop and has a flying tourbillon at 7 o'clock floating above the model's signature skeleton dial. Cast from polished 18-karat pink gold and fitted on a sleek leather strap, it features the label's in-house D512SQ calibre movement that's made up of 194 components and stores an impressive twin-barrel 72-hour power reserve.


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