Welcome to the next instalment of our regular series, MR PORTER x Haulogerie: Watch Picks of the Week, where we pick out our favourite watches for the week. In this week's round up we'll be featuring pieces from Vacheron Constantin, Panerai and Cartier. Enjoy!
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Hand-Wound
The Vacheron Constantin Patrimony is a gorgeous time-only watch that captures the quintessential look and feel of a classical dress watch. Minimalistic in nature, the Vacheron Constantin Patrimony does away with the addition of any other added functions, instead focusing on having a clean and tidy aesthetic.
The Vacheron Constantin is available in a variety of different metals, but in its pink gold and creamy coloured dial guise, I find it the most appealing and beautiful of all the variations.
Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921
Next up is the Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921. Closely modelled after the 1921 model specifically made for the American market during the Roaring Twenties, the Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921 has the distinct look of a diagonally oriented face. This means that you can read the time without turning your wrist.
This level of ingenuity, while dumbfounded in the 21st century, was unheard of during the early 20th century, giving the Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921 a somewhat cult status that continues to resonate to this very day.
Panerai Radiomir GMT PAM00998
Panerai's Radiomir GMT PAM00998 is where form ultimately meets function. Measuring 45mm across, this is not a small watch by any stretch of the imagination, but with thanks to the continued use of Panerai's iconic cushion-shaped care, it does wear smaller than its dimensions portray.
I love the look of the army-green face which contrasts well with the brown leather strap and cold steel of the case. With respect to daily functionality and something you can easily travel with, the Panerai Radiomir GMT PAM00998 makes for a hard case to beat.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Réserve De Marche
Moving on and we have the highly technical Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Réserve De Marche. Subjected to 1,000 hours of rigorous testing, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Réserve De Marche is a mark of prestige and quality.
Its neat and simplistic dial is well thought out and highly legible without being too obvious. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Réserve De Marche is packaged really well in totality. All in all, a fabulous timepiece from the watchmakers' watchmaker.
Cartier is a watchmaker that makes some of the finest, most delicate timepieces, and the Santos-Dumont is no exception to that fact. Crafted here in rose gold and featuring the maison's iconic sapphire crown, the Cartier Santos-Dumont is a beautiful example of not having to reinvent the wheel at every opportunity.
The Cartier Santos-Dumont actually has a very rich history, having originally been made for the Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont in 1904 to reference during flight. Very cool.
Bell & Ross BR 05 Limited Edition Skeleton
And finally we have the Bell & Ross BR 05 Limited Edition Skeleton. Part of the series that began with the BR 01 model some fifteen years ago, the Bell & Ross BR 05 Limited Edition Skeleton draws inspiration from the precision and functionality of on-board flight instruments.
The Bell & Ross BR 05 Limited Edition Skeleton has a distinct blue-tinted transparent dial showing the skeletonised movement beneath it. This is a very novel, very avant-garde method of openworking a watch, but it's one that seems to work really well for the Bell & Ross BR 05 Limited Edition Skeleton.
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