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!
Have a look at last week's picks right here, too.
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.
Buy here: Bremont Supermarine Bamford
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.
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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.
Buy here: Ulysse Nardin Blast Automatic Tourbillon Skeleton
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.
Buy here: Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921
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.
Buy here: IWC Portugieser Yacht Club Moon & Tide Chronograph
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.