Another week has come and gone, and that means another MR PORTER x Haulogerie: Watch Pick of the Week instalment. In this week's round-up we'll be featuring watches from Vacheron Constantin, Jaeger-LeCoultre and IWC. Enjoy!
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Calendar
Jaeger-LeCoultre launched its first 'Calendar' watch in 1945 and added the 'Master' edition to the range in 2013. Powered by an in-house calibre 866/1 automatic movement, this reference is engineered with highly legible complications, including a date hand, day and month windows and moon phase sub-dial. The sleek stainless case is a nice complement to the silver sunray dial, while the brown leather strap makes it suitable for everyday wear.
IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar
IWC's popular 'Portugieser' model has nine notable functions, including Kurt Klaus' perpetual calendar mechanism that's built to track the days, month and date, as well as a moon indicator that shows both the northern and southern hemispheres. Coupled with the Pellaton 52615 calibre movement's impressive week-long power reserve, and you've got a fuss-free watch with minimal need for winding. The 18-karat white gold case houses a deep midnight-blue dial and clear exhibition back that showcases the inner workings. It has a handsome black and brown alligator strap from Santoni that brings each element together.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Quantième Lunaire
This 'Duomètre Quantième Lunaire' watch is one of the highlights of Jaeger-LeCoultre's collection because it showcases the brand's mastery of precision horology and exquisite design. Crafted from 18-karat pink gold, it has a half-open silvered dial that houses sub-dials for hours and minutes, flying seconds, date and moon-phases, and reveals the innovative 381 hand-wound movement. This dual-wing calibre is built from silver with two independent barrels to power the timekeeping and complications, each with a 50-hour power-reserve and indicators that are on display. You can appreciate even more of the mechanical workings through the exhibition case back, where the Côtes de Genève seal, jewels and gear trains are in view.
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony
Vacheron Constantin's 'Patrimony' timepiece was first designed in the '50s and has a handsome simplicity to its rounded dial and 18-karat pink gold case that feels timeless. It houses a 2450 Q6 calibre movement that functions with a 22-carat gold oscillating weight, and bears the Hallmark of Geneva to intimate its meticulous, Swiss-standard quality.
Cartier Santos de Cartier Skeleton Noctambule
Cartier's 'Santos' skeleton watches are defined by instantly recognisable Roman numerals in the bridge and mainplate - in this sleek diamond-like ADLC-coated stainless steel 'Noctambule', or night owl, version, the feature really stands out thanks to vivid luminescent detailing. The Swiss-made calibre 9612 MC hand-wound movement consists of 138 parts, including 20 jewels, and a 72-hour power reserve.
Panerai Luminor Blu Mare PAM1085
Though Panerai's 'Luminor' watch dates back to the 1950s, it wasn't until the early 1990s that it became available to the public, up until then it was supplied only to the Royal Italian Navy. Now it's one of the horologer's most sought-after models and the collection includes a number of variations on the original design, like this 'Blu Mare' one. Inside the polished stainless steel cushion case is the brand's P.6000 calibre hand-wound movement, which is made in-house at its Neuchâtel-based workshop. The right side is fitted with the patented crown-protecting device to keep this piece sealed should you venture under water - the luminous hands and indices ensure the time is visible, too.
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