Another week down, another instalment of MR PORTER x Haulogerie: Watch Picks of the Week. In this week's edition, we'll be featuring some of our favourite watches from the likes of IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre and Panerai. Enjoy!
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Moon Phase
Jaeger-LeCoultre's 'Master' timepieces are prized for their design complexities and ultra-thin cases. Crafted in Switzerland from stainless steel, this reference features a clean silvered-grey sunray dial with the label's signature blue steel seconds hand and a moon-phase aperture surrounded by 31 date markers. It's powered by an automatic calibre 925AA movement that's on display through the sapphire crystal case back and secures with a sleek black alligator strap.
IWC Big Pilot's Automatic
Early 'observation watches' from the 1930s were simple in that they packed three hands against a dark dial inside a large case, which naturally made for great legibility. IWC's latest 'Big Pilot's' model stays true to those of yesteryear but scales down the original 55mm proportions to 46.2mm. Made from stainless steel with a 'Racing Green' face, it employs an in-house automatic 52110 calibre and stores an impressive 7-day power reserve. The soft-iron inner case protects against magnetic fields, so accuracy never wavers.
Panerai Radiomir Mediterraneo PAM01078
The 'Mediterraneo' version of Panerai's iconic 'Radiomir' watch evokes the colours of the deep sea with a rich blue sunburst dial and matching alligator strap. Made in Switzerland with a polished titanium case, it's powered by an in-house P.4000 calibre automatic mechanical movement with 3-day power reserve and has a sapphire crystal case back detailed with a wave pattern.
Panerai Radiomir California PAM00424
Panerai's Swiss-made 'Radiomir California' watch draws inspiration from the first ever 'California' version of its military diving watches, introduced in 1944. Retaining the alternation between Roman and Arabic numerals, the Italian house made the dial and hands more luminous for it to be used in complete darkness. Housed in a AISI 316L polished stainless steel case and powered by an in-house-crafted P.3000 calibre hand-wound movement, this reference has an exhibition case back and Scamosciato leather strap with contrasting cream stitching.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Geographic
"For the well-travelled, time saved is always precious," says Jaeger-LeCoultre, dubbing its 'Master Control' the "ultimate travel watch". This 40mm model has a signature 'Geographic' calibre which simultaneously reads time at home and zones abroad on a disc inside the sloping bezel, each denoted in blue letters. Classic and elegant, it's housed in a stainless steel case, with a sunrayed silver dial and elongated dauphine hands.
Panerai Submersible PAM00959
Building on the legendary heritage of Panerai's diving watches initially developed for the Italian Royal Naval frogmen in the 1940s, this steel bathyscaphe for the wrist is good all the way down to the murky depths of 300 metres, instantly legible thanks to the luminous dials that Guido Panerai himself was famous for, across his entire range of military instruments. The proprietary mechanics ticking inside are precise, robust and automatically wound to 3-day capacity.
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