Happy New Year everyone, and welcome to the first MR PORTER x Haulogerie: Watch Picks of the Week instalment of 2021. In the year's first column we'll be featuring some of our favourite pieces from the likes of Panerai, IWC and Girard-Perregaux. Happy New Year and enjoy!
IWC Pilot's Mark XVIII Automatic
The cockpit instruments of the Royal Air Force's 1930s Junkers JU-52 planes serve as inspiration for IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN's 'Pilot's Mark XVIII' watch. Rendered from lustrous stainless steel and anchored by a leather strap, this version has a well-organised silver-plated dial, complete with a date window, Super-LumiNova hands and legible Arabic numerals. The Swiss-made calibre 30110 automatic movement and 42-hour power reserve make it a dependable choice for daily wear.
Montblanc Heritage Perpetual Calendar
Montblanc introduced its new 'Heritage' line - inspired by classic Minerva watches from the 1940s and '50s - at Watches & Wonders 2019 (previously SIHH). Built in Switzerland with an in-house calibre MB 29.22 automatic movement, this stainless steel reference features a perpetual calendar function with day, date, 24-hour, moon phase and leap year indicators. It comes with a black alligator strap and has an exhibition case back that reveals the inner workings.
TAG Heuer Autavia Automatic Chronometer
This is the third iteration of TAG Heuer's 'Autavia' model - it began as a dashboard timer for automotive and aviation purposes in the '30s before being re-imagined as a chronograph watch in the '60s. Updated as this three-hand version, it has features including a date window at 6 o'clock and interchangeable strap system so you can easily swap out the stainless steel bracelet. Its pared-back design, legibility and ease of use make it ideal for wearing day-in, day-out.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Moon Automatic
Any guy with a fondness for the traditional will love Jaeger-LeCoultre's 'Master Ultra Thin' series – the horologist describes the refined watches as "purity, and nothing else". This version is equipped with an elegant moon phase and date feature and powered by a 925/1 automatic movement with 30 jewels, which you can admire through the sapphire crystal case back. It’s housed in durable stainless steel with a leather strap and smart black dial.
Panerai Radiomir Mediterraneo Automatic PAM01078
The 'Mediterraneo' version of Panerai's iconic 'Radiomir' watch evokes the colours of the deep sea with a rich blue sunburst dial and matching alligator strap. Made in Switzerland with a polished titanium case, it's powered by an in-house P.4000 calibre automatic mechanical movement with 3-day power reserve and has a sapphire crystal case back detailed with a wave pattern.
Girard-Perregaux 1966 Infinity Edition Automatic
A master horologer since 1791, Girard-Perregaux is an expert in marrying complexity with elegance. This '1966 Infinity' watch is more minimally detailed than other models in the house's line, making it a true classic that exudes timelessness from every aspect. Crafted in Switzerland, it features a clean black onyx dial with rhodium-plated hands and baton-style indices that are complemented by a polished stainless steel case. Through the sapphire glass crystal back, you can appreciate the intricate workings of the GP03300-1402 automatic movement - built entirely in-house from 190 components and finished with an oscillating weight that bears the Côtes de Genève pattern. The smart black leather strap will go particularly well with evening attire.
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