Welcome to the 60th edition of our weekly series where we pick out some of our favourite watches from the premier men's online fashion destination in MR PORTER x Haulogerie: Watch Picks of the Week. In this week's instalment, we'll be highlighting watches from IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre and Zenith. Enjoy!
IWC Pilot's Limited Edition Automatic Chronograph
IWC's '3705' watch, nicknamed the 'Black Flieger', was released in 1994 and holds rank as the first ceramic chronograph ever produced - it was only on the market for three years, making it an incredibly rare find. A tribute to that reference, this limited edition model has been manufactured in Switzerland with a sleek black Ceratanium® case and matching leather strap. The in-house automatic movement tracks the day and date and luminous hands make the dial highly legible, even if you're not at 40,000 feet.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Calendar
When it comes to the world's greatest watchmakers, Jaeger-LeCoultre is up there with the best of them - the brand still remains one of the only manufacturers to produce all the components of each calibre in house. Modelled on a watch that was released back in the 1940s, this 'Master Control Calendar' timepiece has been assembled in the label's historic workshop in Le Sentier, Switzerland and features day and month windows, as well as a moon-phase complication across the silvered sunray-brushed dial. Encased in polished 18-karat rose gold, the exhibition case back reveals the impressive workmanship behind the movement, while the supple alligator strap will age handsomely.
Zenith DEFY Classic Skeleton
Part of Zenith's 'DEFY' line, this highly technical watch is the manufacture's most innovative automatic model to date - the carbon fibre case is not only ultra lightweight but supremely comfortable on the wrist, too. It has a durable DLC-coated titanium buckle, while the rubber strap is engineered to resemble the woven texture of CORDURA®. The silicone escape wheel, lever and in-house manufactured Elite 670 SK movement are all visible through the skeletonised dial and exhibition case back.
Bell & Ross BR 01 Cyber Skull Limited Edition
Limited to just 500 pieces, this hand-wound version of Bell & Ross' iconic 'BR 01' watch has a 'cyber' sapphire glass case that's inspired by the Lockheed Martin F-117 Nighthawk, a stealth US Air Force craft. The ceramic skull and crossbones are engineered into the Swiss-made calibre BR-CAL.208 movement, which is held in place by four 'floating' screws and features a visible balance at 12 o'clock. As you wind the crown, the lower mandible moves up and down - creating the label's signature 'laughing' skull - to reveal part of the rhodium-plated barrel.
Oris Carl Brashear Limited Edition
Oris continues its collaboration with the Carl Brashear Foundation to create this third-generation watch inspired by the US Navy master diver's legacy. Limited to just 2,000, it's been manufactured in Switzerland with a bronze case and the new in-house calibre 401 - a highly anti-magnetic automatic movement that has a five-day power reserve. It's engraved with a helmet on the case back and fitted on an Erika's Originals MN™ strap made from comfortable stretch-nylon webbing.
Panerai Radiomir PAM00995
Panerai stays true to its military roots with this version of the iconic 'Radiomir' watch - the army-green dial nods to field-tested styles. Crafted from polished stainless steel, it's powered by a Swiss-made P.4000 calibre, which is the house's thinnest self-winding movement. It has easy-to-read luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers and a rich brown leather strap.
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