MR PORTER x Haulogerie: Watch Picks of the Week #51
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!
You can check out last week's picks here.
And don't forget to head to The Haulogerium for our specially curated content.
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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