Welcome to the next instalment of our MR PORTER x Haulogerie: Watch Picks of the Week series, where every seven days we highlight some of our favourite watches available on the premier men's online fashion destination, MR PORTER. In this week's column, we'll be featuring pieces from the likes of Panerai, IWC and Oris. Enjoy!
Panerai Luminor Marina TuttoGrigio PAM01662
Panerai has a long history of innovation in watchmaking, from the namesake material developed for its 'Luminor' line to the 3D-printing technique used in this 'Marina' watch. Powered by an in-house P.9010 automatic movement with a three-day power reserve, it has a titanium and Carbotech™ case that's formed 30 microns at a time in a Direct Metal Laser Sintering process, more commonly used to make aerospace parts. The Sportech™ strap is made from rubberised woven canvas for durability and the all-grey palette complements the signature luminous markings nicely.
HYT H1.0 x MR PORTER
HYT only produces around 500 watches a year, but this 'H1.0' model is even more exclusive, with only five created specially for MR PORTER. A domed sapphire crystal lens reveals the intricacies of the label's NASA-approved piston movement and a coated glass capillary that ensures the seamless glide of precious black liquid dye around each marker. For an even more accurate time reading, the face has two sub-dials that record minutes, running seconds and the 65-hour power reserve. It is secured with a titanium folding-buckle clasp and resilient black rubber strap.
Laurent Ferrier Classic Micro-Rotor Automatic
There's much to appreciate about Laurent Ferrier's 'Classic Micro-Rotor' watch, from the understated and refined sunray-brushed dial and 18-karat white gold case, to the intricate inner workings of the automatic FBN 229.01 calibre. The latter showcases the house's technical mastery, with hand-polished details and natural escapement, which is often deemed one of the truest to Mr Abraham-Louis Breguet's creation in modern times. The brown leather strap complements the blue and silver palette.
IWC Pilot's Mark XVIII
IWC created the prototype that would shape its iconic 'Mark' series back in the 1930s and became the official supplier of military-grade references to the British Ministry of Defense in 1948. The latest to join its long legacy of pilot's watches, this stainless steel 'XVIII' model has been built in Switzerland with sapphire glass crystal that's secured against drops in pressure and a soft-iron inner case to protect against magnetic fields. It's engineered with a precise calibre 35111 automatic movement and fitted on a black leather strap.
Oris Aquis Calibre 400
Oris engineered its new anti-magnetic calibre 400 with a high-efficiency escapement design and twin mainspring barrels that offer a five-day power reserve. Built in Switzerland from polished stainless steel, this best-selling 'Aquis Date' watch has Super-LumiNova® hands and indices for reliable visibility at night and a blue ceramic unidirectional bezel to match the sunburst dial.
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.
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