Welcome to the next instalment of our regular edition, MR PORTER x Haulogerie: Watch Picks of the Week. In this week's column, we'll be featuring some of our favourite watches from the likes of Girard-Perregaux, IWC and Chopard. Enjoy!
Chopard Alpine Eagle
After re-observing his grandfather's stainless steel 'St. Moritz' watch, Chopard Copresident Mr Karl-Fritz Scheufele was inspired to reissue it with a few variations - the resulting 'Alpine Eagle' is a timepiece that combines sports functionality with elegant aesthetics. This version features the classic configuration of an integrated 18-karat rose gold bracelet, a balanced 41mm case and galvanic-treated Aletsch blue dial recalling the icy plains of the Alps' famous Glacier. The Roman numerals and indices are coated with Super-LumiNova® Grade X1 for superior legibility over time, while a window between 4 and 5 o'clock displays the date.
Piaget Altiplano Ultimate
At a wafer-like 4.3mm, Piaget's 'Altiplano Ultimate' is one of the world's thinnest automatic watches (its world record broken by its own kind, of course). It's all down to the groundbreaking 910P calibre – its gold, black-coated rotor spinning circumferentially rather than on top, plus an ingenious case structure, whose inner rear surface doubles as baseplate for all 219 components. The skeletonised dial, while a product of practicality, is virtuoso engineering and design in one fell swoop.
Girard-Perregaux Laureato Skeleton
Girard-Perregaux says its all-black 'Laureato' timepiece is "an ode to fine mechanics" - the skeleton dial allows you to see the impressive open-worked components that are all hand-detailed at the watchmaker's Swiss workshop. It's powered by a precise calibre GP01800-0006/022/1041 automatic movement with a 54-hour power reserve and housed in a sleek 42mm ceramic case with a matching bracelet strap. View the oscillating weight through the anti-scratch sapphire glass crystal on the case back.
Laurent Ferrier Classic Origin
Laurent Ferrier combines masterful horological techniques with a classic design sensibility, resulting in refined timepieces that belie the complexity within. Built with a calibre LF116.01 hand-wound movement, this 'Classic Origin Opaline' watch pays tribute to some of the first editions the brand issued, only it comes in a lightweight grade-5 titanium case and Alcantara strap. The beautifully symmetrical dial features burgundy markings on the seconds sub-dial and around the minute track to denote the 24-hour scale.
IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar
IWC's perpetual calendar complication features perfectly synchronised date, day, month and moon phase indicators that can be adjusted simply by turning the crown - it accounts for leap years and automatically recognises the different lengths of the months. This Swiss-made 'Portugieser' watch has a silver-plated dial, gold-tone hands and calibre 82650 automatic movement, all housed in a sleek stainless steel case. It's set on a classic black alligator strap, making it a smart choice to wear with formal suiting.
Panerai Luminor GMT PAM01033
Panerai's 'Luminor' watches are named for the revolutionary luminescent material that allows clarity in all light conditions. Expertly crafted in Switzerland, this version has the label's signature design details including a cushion-shaped stainless steel case and a crown-protecting device. The blue sun-brushed sandwich dial has a small seconds sub-dial, date window and GMT function to keep track of time at home as well as in another zone. It's powered by an in-house calibre P.9011 automatic movement with three-day power reserve that's visible through the case back and fastens with an alligator strap.
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