Welcome back to another instalment of our regular series, MR PORTER x Haulogerie: Watch Picks of the Week. In this week's round up, we'll be featuring some superb pieces from the likes of Cartier, HYT and Roger Dubuis. Enjoy!
Cartier Tonneau XL Dual Time Skeleton
Cartier's 'Tonneau' watch was first launched back in 1906, but this version takes its cues from the dual time model from the '90s. The original was developed with a separate movement for each time zone, but this skeleton style is powered by a single Swiss-made calibre 9919 MC hand-wound movement that's visible through the sapphire glass crystal in both the front and the back. Designed in the iconic curved oblong shape, it's crafted from platinum and has more house-defining features like Roman numerals and sapphire cabochons in the crowns that complement the sleek blue alligator strap.
Bovet Récital 27 Limited Edition
As the appetite for more functional and intuitive timepieces grew among Bovet's collectors, the Maison responded by creating its first modern-day traveller's watch, the 'Récital 27'. It features the signature inclined 18-karat red gold 'writing slope' case and has three displays with different time zones - each one can be aligned to a corresponding city name and adjusted, thanks to two sets of correctors. It has a double moon-phase indicator that shows the lunar cycle for both the Northern and Southern hemispheres - a mechanism so precise that it only requires correction once every 122 years. The leather strap is embossed with a croc-effect finish.
HYT Soonow Limited Edition
HYT's craftsmanship is unlike any other horologer – made up of PhD graduates, the Swiss team has spent years developing and testing scientific techniques to reinvigorate traditional watchmaking. This limited edition 'Soonow' reference features the brand's impressive borosilicate glass capillary that's hand-worked to resemble a skull and filled with blue fluid that floats through as the hours go by. The macabre motif, a reference to the experience of time, is punctuated by two eye sockets that house the seconds and power reserve indicators, while the 18-karat gold pins are arranged to resemble a cityscape when viewed side-on. NASA-grade bellows ensure precision while the stainless steel case and domed sapphire crystal recall the smooth texture of pebbles after water has formed them. This exceptional piece will make quite the highlight of any collection.
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Huracán Skeleton
Part of the ongoing collaboration with Italian automaker Lamborghini, Roger Dubuis' Excalibur Huracán is the perfect accessory for fans of both motoring and horology. As well as a skeletonised dial, this 45mm titanium timepiece features a few subtle nods to the motor-racing world - note the fluted crown reminiscent of a wheel nut or the leather inlay in the strap that's made from Alcantara; the same material that lines the car's interiors. Inside, the brand's in-house RD630 calibre movement is made up of 223 components and is fitted with two barrels to store the impressive 60-hour power reserve.
IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Boutique Edition
The 'Portugieser' watch is an IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN icon, and this 'Boutique Edition' combines classic design features from the original with some of the Swiss label's most impressive technical innovations. Housed in a durable, wear-resistant 18-karat Armor Gold® case, it's engineered with a perpetual calendar complication that displays the date, day, month and year, along with moon phase and power reserve indicators. It's powered by a calibre 52610 automatic movement and set on a midnight-blue alligator strap.
Cartier Santos Automatic
The 'Santos' watch was originally created in 1904 by Mr Louis Cartier when Brazilian aviator Mr Alberto Santos-Dumont requested a timepiece he could use while flying. Recognised today by the signature curved horns and exposed screws, this squared model has a 39.8mm 18-karat pink gold case that houses an opalescent dial detailed with Roman numerals. This style is expertly crafted with the innovative 'QuickSwitch' feature, which allows you to easily alternate between the chain link bracelet and alligator strap depending on the occasion.
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