Welcome to this week's instalment of our regular series MR PORTER x Haulogerie: Watch Picks of the Week, where we highlight some of our favourite watches from the men's online fashion destination. In this week's round up we'll be featuring watches from Cartier, Piaget and Vacheron Constantin. Enjoy!
Piaget Polo Skeleton Automatic
Piaget had some notable wearers back in the '70s - Messrs Roger Moore and Andy Warhol favoured the original editions of the 'Piaget Polo', while Mr Miles Davis was an early adopter of the house's skeleton styles. A fusion of both, this model is crafted from stainless steel, which complements the displayed mechanisms of its 1200S automatic movement. It's impressively slim by virtue of the meticulous assembly of the calibre's parts, and each component has been chamfered to sharpen the lines of their striking architecture.
Cartier Santos-Dumont Hand-Wound
Mr Louis Cartier created the first version of this watch for his friend Mr Alberto Santos-Dumont back in 1904 - the Brazilian aviator was struggling to read his pocket watch while in the cockpit and so the first purpose-built timepiece was born. Specially designed with an extra large case for clarity, this one has been made in the brand's Swiss atelier from steel with an 18-karat rose gold bezel. The finer details take inspiration from the house's storied French history, like the screws, which are said to be modelled on the Eiffel Tower's supportive legs and the radial layout of the Roman numerals, which mirror Paris' streets and wide boulevards.
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Huracán Skeleton
This 'Excalibur Spider Huracán' watch from Roger Dubuis' ongoing partnership with Lamborghini Squadra Corse features a geometric skeleton design and impressive calibre inspired by the Huracán sports car. Manufactured with a 45mm GreyTech titanium case, it's powered by a Swiss-made RD630 automatic movement that has a 12° angle balance escapement, rim-like rotor and twin-barrel power supply. The neon-green numerals and second hand match the stitching on the rubber and Alcantara® strap.
IWC Big Pilot's Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Limited to 250 pieces, IWC's 18-karat red gold 'Big Pilot's' watch pays homage to journalist and aviator Mr Antoine de Saint-Exupéry - the tobacco-brown leather strap is inspired by his flight suit, while the tonal dial is etched with his initial. Powered by a precise 52850 calibre mechanical movement, this piece features an annual calendar displaying the month, date and day in three separate windows, and has a power reserve that supplies seven days worth of energy. The sapphire-glass back showcases the internal rotor, which is exquisitely crafted to resemble a plane.
Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix Automatic Complete Calendar
"They have a talent that no machine could ever replace," says Vacheron Constantin of its master watchmakers - expertise has passed down from generation to generation since the maison was founded in 1755. Manufactured in Switzerland, this polished 18-karat pink gold 'FiftySix' watch features luminescent hands and indices, a calendar with displays for date, day and month and a precision moon-phase indicator. It's fitted on a leather strap and has an exhibition case back revealing the calibre 2460 QCL/1 automatic movement that's engraved with the Hallmark of Geneva.
Panerai Luminor Marina PAM01118
Panerai celebrates the 70th anniversary of its revolutionary 'Luminor' material with this special-edition 'Marina' watch that's limited to just 270 models. Built in Switzerland from the label's robust yet lightweight Carbotech™, it's powered by a P.9010 calibre automatic movement - developed at the label's Neuchâtel manufacture - and features a signature Sandwich™ dial. The water-resistant Sportech™ strap has white stitching that glows in the dark to match the luminescent numerals, markers and crown-protecting bridge.
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