Another week down, another MR PORTER x Haulogerie: Watch Picks of the Week, where we pick out our favourite watches from the premier men's online fashion destination. In this week's round up, we'll be highlighting watches from Vacheron Constantin, Cartier and Jaeger-LeCoultre. Enjoy!
Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix Day-Date Limited Edition
Made in collaboration with MR PORTER, this latest iteration of Vacheron Constantin's revered 'Fiftysix' watch was celebrated at London's Abbey Road recording studio - the design has an elegant, retro influence in keeping with the original mid-century timepiece. Manufactured in a limited run of 30, each model is engraved with its edition number on the stainless steel case, and has an exhibition case back that gives view to the self-winding 2475 SC/2 calibre. There's plenty to be admired - housed inside is an open-worked 22-karat gold oscillating weight inspired by the Maltese cross, and a power-reserve indication and day-date complication that can be observed on the petrol dial. In true form for the watchmaker, every piece of the movement is decorated - even parts not visible. Aesthetics aside, longevity is also benefited by the use of ceramic in the rotation system, minimising the need for upkeep.
Panerai Luminor Marina Sole Blu PAM01112
Panerai's Laboratorio di Idee in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, is where its master watchmakers and engineers develop, innovate and fine-tune their exclusive technologies. Encased in the label's durable Goldtech™ that's resistant to oxidation, this 'Luminor Marina Sole Blu' watch is powered by an in-house-built calibre P.9010 automatic movement. Signature design details include a crown-protecting safety lock and sun-brushed sandwich dial that matches the dark-blue alligator strap.
Cartier Santos de Cartier
When Brazilian aviator Mr Alberto Santos Dumont asked Mr Louis Carter to design him a watch that he could use while flying, he likely had no idea he'd be changing the world of horology. Named after the aviation pioneer, this timepiece is crafted from steel with an ADLC bezel and a coordinating dark-grey dial. It comes with a matching bracelet and a black rubber strap that can easily be changed thanks to the 'QuickSwitch' system.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Memovox
Jaeger-LeCoultre originally introduced its pioneering 'Memovox' reference in the 1950s - the house created one of the first wrist watches that featured a built-in alarm and it quickly became popular with collectors. The newest addition to the 'Master Control' family, this timepiece has been masterfully crafted in Switzerland with a polished stainless steel case. The exhibition case back showcases the elegant workings of the new-generation calibre 956AA while the supple leather strap will age gracefully over time. Twist the crown at two o'clock to set the alarm which chimes with an iconic school bell sound.
Montblanc 1858 Monopusher Chronograph
Montblanc's '1858' line references professional Minerva watches from the '20s and '30s that were developed specifically for military use and mountain exploration. Manufactured in the Swiss Alps, this polished stainless steel monopusher chronograph has a vintage-inspired black dial with large Arabic numerals and luminescent 'cathedral' hands for optimal legibility. It's powered by a calibre MB 25.12 automatic movement that shows elapsed time with the seconds hand and 30-minute counter.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Mariner Memovox
Part of the watchmaker's 'Polaris' diving range, Jaeger-LeCoultre's 'Mariner Memovox' is created for "men who like to live life to the fullest". It comprises a robust 42mm stainless steel case with a matching bracelet strap, which makes a handsome contrast to the blue dial and luminescent hands and indices. Powered by the 956AA automatic movement with a 45-hour power reserve, it is ISO 6425-compliant, with a 30-bar water resistance and three crowns - one for the movement, one for internal dive time and the third, a Memovox alarm that alerts divers when it's time to surface.
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