Welcome back to the next instalment of MR PORTER x Haulogerie: Watch Picks of the Week, our weekly series where we feature some of the most amazing watches from the premier men's online fashion destination. In this week's round-up we'll be highlighting pieces from Roger Dubuis, Vacheron Constantin and HYT. Enjoy!
MB&F HM7 Aquapod
Pushing the boundaries of how a fine watch can be constructed in the most spectacular way possible, the HM7 is MB&F's first aquatic-themed timepiece. Part of a limited edition of 66, the automatic Aquapod takes inspiration from a jellyfish with its impressive vertical architecture and high dome that sits at 21.3mm above the wrist. Surrounded by a floating ceramic unidirectional rotating bezel, the 18-karat rose gold casing houses an automatic movement with a flying tourbillon - the centrepiece of this design - positioned at the top for maximum visibility. The tentacle-like winding rotor is machined from titanium with both satin and polished finishes and tipped with fluorescent Super-LumiNova like the numerals and markers. For the full glow-in-the-dark effect, three panels of AGT (Ambient Glow Technology) surround the tourbillon.
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Blacklight Skeleton
After dark, the impressive architecture of Roger Dubuis' 'Excalibur Blacklight' watch is illuminated by neon streaks of light. They're crafted from lab-grown sapphire crystal - the same material typically used as bearings in a movement - innovatively engineered into fine tubes interlacing the skeletonised dial, making it all the more dynamic. It's certainly worth admiring - the movement takes no less than 530 hours to produce, including 170 alone for the Poinçon de Genève engraving. Set on a bracelet strap, this 18-karat pink gold limited edition is set with diamonds, rubies and sapphires tracing the lines of its bezel and micro-rotor.
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin Automatic
Vacheron Constantin's 'Overseas' watch has been meticulously crafted in Switzerland with an ultra thin 18-karat pink gold case and sapphire crystal exhibition back – you can see the matching rotor through it, which almost resembles a setting sun, along with the Côtes de Genève, perlage and satin finishes. Awarded the prestigious Geneva Seal, it houses the horologer's calibre 1120 QP/1 automatic movement that powers the captivating moon-phase window and perpetual calendar, which takes into account leap years.
Ulysse Nardin Blast Automatic Tourbillon Skeleton
Ulysse Nardin’s ‘Blast’ watch comes from its ‘Executive’ collection, and is a striking example of the kind of modern, innovative design with which Ulysse Nardin has become universally associated in recent years. Set on a rubber strap with a case made from 18-karat rose gold and titanium, it is powered by an in-house movement that is showcased beneath a skeletonised dial. It is certainly worthy of close inspection for the flying tourbillon at six o’clock (note the silicon balance spring, anchor and escapement wheel – Ulysse Nardin has always been at the forefront of silicon’s usage in watchmaking) and the micro-rotor at 12 o’clock, made from platinum and coated in rose gold. The two elements are highlighted within the X-shaped dial design, the brand’s signature motif.
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Huracán Automatic 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.
HYT H0 Hand-Wound
Every HYT watch is a lesson in horological innovation – "our ambition is to make sense of time by offering new perspectives", Creative Director Mr François Nunez explained to us. One of the house's more minimal designs, this DLC-coated stainless steel 'H0' model showcases the patented micro-fluidic module, in which orange and transparent liquids progress through a glass capillary as the hours go by. It's just one of the house's impressive feats of engineering and required a state-of-the-art glass-bending machine to produce, as well as the development of a special coating to ensure that no liquid sticks to the inside of the tube. It's powered by the calibre 101 hand-wound movement and features minute and second sub-dials, along with power reserve display. The premium rubber strap ensures that this substantial 48.8mm timepiece sits securely and comfortably on your wrist.
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