MR PORTER x Haulogerie: Watch Picks of the Week #48
Welcome to the next instalment of our weekly series, MR PORTER x Haulogerie: Watch Picks of the Week, where we feature some of the most incredible mechanical works of art from the premier online men's fashion destination, MR PORTER. In this week's round up we'll be featuring watches from Roger Dubuis, Vacheron Constantin and Montblanc. Enjoy!
You can check out last week's picks here. And don't forget to head to The Haulogerium for our specially curated content.
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Blacklight
The 'Excalibur Blacklight' watch is Roger Dubuis' first automatic skeleton watch engineered with a micro-rotor. One of just 88 produced, this diamond-encrusted reference is powered by an RD820SQ movement made up of 167 hand-finished parts - it required 530 hours to build and features sapphire microtubes throughout that glow under UV light. It's housed in a 42mm DLC-coated titanium case and fitted on a sleek black alligator strap. Find out more here.
Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Complete Calendar
Vacheron Constantin's 18-karat pink gold 'Traditionnelle' watch has been engineered in Switzerland with a complete calendar complication, making it a fine example of Genevan Haute Horlogerie. Detailed with a date ring around the dial, it features apertures for the day and month, along with an accurate moon phase indicator that will only need to be adjusted every 122 years. It's powered by an in-house Calibre 2460 QCL/1 automatic movement that has a 40-hour power reserve and is visible through the exhibition case back.
Montblanc Heritage Pulsograph Chronograph
Made in Switzerland in a limited run of 100, this rich brown version of Montblanc's 'Heritage' watch is inspired by vintage styles from the '40s and '50s. The Pulsograph complication was used by doctors to measure a patient's heart rate, while the indications at three, six and nine minutes nod to a time when payphones kept track of the length of a call. It's crafted from polished 18-karat rose gold, secured with an alligator strap and is powered by an MB M13.21 Manufacture Monopusher Calibre with a column-wheel chronograph that you can see through the exhibition case back.
Girard-Perregaux Laureato Skeleton
Girard-Perregaux says its all-black 'Laureato' timepiece is "an ode to fine mechanics" - the skeleton dial allows you to see the impressive open-worked components that are all hand-detailed at the watchmaker's Swiss workshop. It's powered by a precise calibre GP01800-0006/022/1041 automatic movement with a 54-hour power reserve and housed in a sleek 42mm ceramic case with a matching bracelet strap. View the oscillating weight through the anti-scratch sapphire glass crystal on the case back.
Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter
Manufactured in a limited run of just 100, this watch is part of Montblanc's '1858' collection that reinterprets the revered Minerva chronographs from the 1930s. The vintage-style bronze case is a first for the brand, and it houses a champagne dial with a sunray finish and historical 'cathedral' hands – the decorative cloisonné design on the two markers is filled with Super-LumiNova® for exceptional readability. Powered by a precise calibre MB M16.29 automatic movement, this piece has undergone the 'Laboratory Test 500', a programme that simulates the first year's lifecycle to guarantee reliability.
Ulysse Nardin Skeleton X Hand-Wound
Ulysse Nardin has specialised in marine watches since the very beginning, and innovates in the field like no other. Part of its 'Skeleton X' line, this model is crafted from Carbonium® Gold - a revolutionary compound derived from the aerospace industry, which mixes carbon elements with gold to produce a handsome marble effect. It's fitted with a full-grain leather strap to complement the organic texture and features an exhibition case back, so you can view the UN-371 movement from every angle. It's built to withstand 50 bar water-resistance, and has an impressive four-day power-reserve.
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