Welcome to the next edition of MR PORTER x Haulogerie: Watch Picks of the Week, our weekly instalment where we trawl through the coffers of MR PORTER to pick out our six favourite watches. In this week's instalment, we'll be featuring pieces from Laurent Ferrier, IWC, Roger Dubuis and Vacheron Constantin. Enjoy!
Laurent Ferrier Traveller Automatic
Laurent Ferrier's 'Traveller' watch is revered for the unusually intuitive and practical functioning of the dual time zone complication; home time is kept via the aperture at 9 o'clock, while the main dial keeps local time, which can be jumped swiftly via two pushers at 10 and 2 o'clock. The design itself is in-keeping with the watchmaker's typical refinement - it's made from 18-karat red gold, which emphasises the smoky satin-brushed dial and lets the hands and indices stand out. The Maison is known for its particularly beautiful movements, and the Swiss-made LF 230.02 calibre can be admired through the exhibition case back.
H. Moser & Cie Endeavour Perpetual Calendar
H. Moser & Cie.'s watches might appear simple on first look, but technically speaking, that couldn't be further from the truth. Take this 'Endeavour Perpetual Calendar' timepiece - the Cosmic green fumé dial alone requires over 200 different steps to achieve the gradient sunburst effect. Encased in 18-karat white gold, it's powered by an in-house calibre HMC 800 hand-wound movement and boasts a 168-hour power reserve. A date window sits at three o'clock, while the hour indices double as months of the year, with a small arrow signifying the calendar function.
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.
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.
IWC Big Pilot's Automatic
Reflecting IWC's fascination with the aviation world, the 'Big Pilot's' watch nods to a military observation timepiece from the 1940s - note the cockpit instrument-inspired design and oversized conical crown, two elements that stayed true to the original design. The 43mm stainless steel casing houses a blue dial and hour, minute and second hands powered by a precise calibre 82100 automatic movement, whose Pellaton winding system has been reinforced with ceramic components to protect it from wear and tear. The matching stainless steel bracelet is fitted with the watchmaker's EasX-CHANGE system so you can easily swap it for a leather or rubber one.
Bovet Récital 21 Limited Edition Perpetual Calendar
From the perpetual calendar to the five-day power reserve, there is so much to appreciate about Bovet's hand-wound 'Récital 21' watch. The indicator is decorated with elegant Côtes de Genève engravings and traced with a French motto that translates to "masterfully handcrafted - to serve punctual gentlemen - whereby we certify lasting value". Then, there's the double coaxial seconds feature, which is masterfully engineered to turn clockwise whether viewed from the front or back. All are housed in the lightweight titanium 'Writing Slope' case and anchored by a croc-effect leather strap rendered in blue to match the hand-lacquered features.
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