Welcome to this week's instalment of our regular series where we highlight some of our favourite watches from the esteemed online men's fashion destination in MR PORTER x Haulogerie: Watch Picks of the Week. In this week's round up, we'll be featuring an eclectic assortment of timepieces from the likes of Vacheron Constantin, Piaget and Cartier. Enjoy!
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph
Vacheron Constantin chose the Maltese cross as its logo back in 1880, and it's the Maison's sporty 'Overseas' models that truly embody the symbol - both in terms of mechanical application and through the collection's design language. This 18-karat pink gold chronograph features the emblem on not just the dial, buckle, crown and inner workings of the calibre 5200 movement, but on the bezel, too, which is notched to resemble the arrowheads. The interchangeable alligator and rubber straps can easily be swapped, making this classic piece suitable for any dress code.
Cartier Santos Dumont
Pilot watches date back to 1904 when Mr Louis Cartier created one for Brasilian aviator Mr Alberto Santos-Dumont to reference during flight. Named in his honour - and modelled after the original - this 33.9mm style has been manufactured in Switzerland and is powered by a calibre 430 MC hand-wound movement that's housed in a polished 18-karat rose gold case. It's fitted on a supple charcoal alligator strap and has classic house signatures, including blued-steel sword-shaped hands, a sapphire crown and eight screws surrounding the dial.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Geographic
"For the well-travelled, time saved is always precious," says Jaeger-LeCoultre, dubbing its 'Master Control' the "ultimate travel watch". This 40mm model has a signature 'Geographic' calibre which simultaneously reads time at home and zones abroad on a disc inside the sloping bezel, each denoted in blue letters. Classic and elegant, it's housed in a stainless steel case, with a sunrayed silver dial and elongated dauphine hands.
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Huracán Skeleton
Roger Dubuis' 'Excalibur Huracán' watch is a complex feat of horology. Designed with a skeleton dial and exhibition case back, it's engineered with a RD630 automatic movement developed specifically for the Swiss manufacture's ongoing partnership with Lamborghini Squadra Corse - the impressive calibre has a 12° angle balance escapement, twin barrel power supply and strut-bar bridge inspired by the the V10 engine. It has a sleek 45mm DLC-coated titanium case and comfortable rubber and Alcantara® strap.
Measuring just 3.65mm thick, courtesy of its innovative "calibre to case" construction where the movement is integrated in the caseback, Piaget's Swiss-made 'Altiplano' is the world's thinnest automatic watch. The black and silver sun-brushed dial is partially skeletonised, revealing some of the 145 intricately crafted parts below. This hand-wound, 18-karat white gold timepiece is water resistant to 30 metres and finished with a glossed alligator strap.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph
What immediately strikes you about this Jaeger-LeCoultre watch is the elegant and refined combination of brushed rose gold and dark-brown alligator. A perfect extraction of the house's enduring style and innovation, this 'Polaris Chronograph' model has a 751H automatic movement expertly engineered with 262 individual parts. The black dial holds easy-to-read Super-LumiNova® hands and a seconds sub-dial. This timepiece is also fitted with a tachymeter that measures your average speed over a given distance, so couldn't be more suitable for those with an affinity for motoring.
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