Welcome to the next installment of our weekly series where we highlight our favourites picks of the week from the premier online men's fashion destination in MR PORTER x Haulogerie: Watch Picks of the Week. In this week's round-up, we'll be covering pieces from Vacheron Constantin, Girard-Perregaux and Ressence. Enjoy!
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Tourbillon
A new addition to Vacheron Constantin’s ‘Overseas' collection, this watch pays tribute to one of the most renowned complications in watchmaking - the tourbillon, which fights gravity's pull and enhances time-telling precision. Housed in a 42.5mm stainless steel case, the model's automatic calibre 2160 features a lengthy 80-hour power reserve and mesmerising 60-second mechanism in the brand’s iconic Maltese cross carriage. It's hallmarked with the prestigious Geneva Seal, visible through the exhibition case back, and while fitted on a brushed stainless steel bracelet with polished edges, it can also be worn on the included alligator and rubber straps. Find out more here.
Ressence Type 3X Limited Edition
Limited to 40 pieces and the third of four models created for Ressence's tenth anniversary 'X' collection, this 'Type 3X' watch has been designed in collaboration with typographer Mr Stefan Sagmeister, who reworked the dial graphics. Inside the grade 5 titanium case are two chambers separating the movement and gears, with a magnetic transmission connector between. The upper half is filled with precisely 35.7ml of oil to create the illusion of floating hands and indicators, while ensuring legibility from every possible angle. Each day at midnight, the date ring, which is composed of 280 coloured lines, switches from blue to orange - one line is always inverted to indicate the day of the month. In place of a traditional crown, the re-engineered case back can be used to adjust the time, keeping the overall profile of this piece minimal and unique. The olive-green shade of the Barenia leather strap is the common thread that links each model from the limited edition collection.
Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute Light
For over two centuries, Girard-Perregaux has maintained a reputation for artful movements that require painstaking handwork and mathematical precision to perfection. Fittingly, this 'Laureato Absolute Light' is handcrafted from sapphire crystal and has an openwork dial that invites a closer look. Limited to 88 pieces, it's inspired by the Swiss maison's original 'Laureato' of 1975, whose calibre and form took architectural inspiration in Italian facades and domes - the intricate assemblage is executed via an octagonal sapphire bezel and a skeletonised movement comprised of 172 parts.
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Huracán Skeleton
This 'Excalibur Spider Huracán' watch from Roger Dubuis' ongoing partnership with Lamborghini Squadra Corse features a geometric skeleton design and impressive calibre inspired by the Huracán sports car. Manufactured with a 45mm GreyTech titanium case, it's powered by a Swiss-made RD630 automatic movement that has a 12° angle balance escapement, rim-like rotor and twin-barrel power supply. The neon-green numerals and second hand match the stitching on the rubber and Alcantara® strap.
IWC Big Pilot's Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Limited to 250 pieces, IWC's 18-karat red gold 'Big Pilot's' watch pays homage to journalist and aviator Mr Antoine de Saint-Exupéry - the tobacco-brown leather strap is inspired by his flight suit, while the tonal dial is etched with his initial. Powered by a precise 52850 calibre mechanical movement, this piece features an annual calendar displaying the month, date and day in three separate windows, and has a power reserve that supplies seven days worth of energy. The sapphire-glass back showcases the internal rotor, which is exquisitely crafted to resemble a plane.
Girard-Perregaux Laureato Skeleton
Girard-Perregaux's 'Laureato' watch has been part of its lineup since the mid-'70s, proving its timeless appeal. This stainless steel edition features an intricate, hand-decorated skeleton dial and suspended hands, indices and a small seconds counter that showcase the horologer's expertise. It's encased in sapphire glass crystal on the front and back so you can appreciate the craftsmanship from every angle. The reliable Swiss-made calibre GP01800-0006 automatic movement was first introduced back in 2016 and features a rhodium-plated gear train and rose gold oscillating weight.
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