Welcome to another edition of MR PORTER x Haulogerie: Watch Picks of the Week. In this week's instalment, we'll be featuring some of our favourite watches from the likes of IWC, Girard-Perregaux and Piaget. Enjoy!
Bremont + Jaguar E-Type Chronograph
Much more than just a watch, Bremont's box set is a tribute to British racing history, in particular the 60th anniversary of the unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show of the Jaguar E-Type, once dubbed "the most beautiful car ever made". The automatic movement takes the form of the E-types steering wheel, which can be viewed through the exhibition case back, while the charcoal leather strap mirrors the 'Flat Out Grey' Pantone of the original vehicle. It's accompanied by the watchmaker's first ever rally timer, which integrates a stopwatch with a tachymeter, alongside a clock with sub-seconds, both mounted on an engine-turned back plate. Limited to just 60 pieces, the set is accompanied by a driving experience, which gives the owner the chance to get behind the wheel of the iconic E-Type at Jaguar's Fen End facility.
IWC PIlot's Chronograph
IWC first introduced the 'Pilot's' watch in 1936 as a wearable piece of cockpit tech, and since chronographs were introduced in the '90s, they've become a driving force. Released as part of Watches & Wonders 2021, this stainless steel style houses a 69385 automatic movement, which also powers a trio of sub-dials. The bracelet has polished and chamfered edges for comfortable wear, and unlatches with an EasX-CHANGE system.
Laurent Ferrier Square Automatic
Laurent Ferrier subscribes to the philosophy that design requires a harmony of form and function, resulting in some really elegant timepieces. A model often lauded for its nuance and simplicity, this 'Square' watch is crafted with the signature stainless steel cushion-shaped case, which feels particularly comfortable against the contours of the wrist. It frames a red gold-toned dial, which is satin-brushed to accentuate the markers and indices and increase legibility. The movement is an in-house design, fitted with silicon components to enhance efficiency and the mechanics of the self-winding action.
IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Boutique Edition
The 'Portugieser' watch is an IWC icon, and this 'Boutique Edition' combines classic design features from the original with some of the Swiss label's most impressive technical innovations. Housed in a durable, wear-resistant 18-karat Armor Gold® case, it's engineered with a perpetual calendar complication that displays the date, day, month and year, along with moon phase and power reserve indicators. It's powered by a calibre 52610 automatic movement and set on a midnight-blue alligator strap.
Piaget Polo Chronograph
Pioneering Swiss horologer Piaget manufactures all its movements in the Swiss village of la Côte-aux-Fées, where it was founded in 1874. This sporty update of its eponymous and hyper-glam Eighties icon is powered by a 1160P automatic chronograph movement that can be seen through the sapphire-glass back - almost as beautiful as the blue textured dial on the other side, which frames the stopwatch function's notoriously busy counters with effortless elegance.
Girard-Perregaux Free Bridge
In its 200 odd years of watchmaking, Girard-Perregaux has developed a reputation for crafting some of the most beautiful - and highly precise - movements in the industry. This 'Free Bridge' watch pays homage to a particularly celebrated timepiece from the 19th century with its artful calibre. Secured by a slim arrow-tipped beam - the "bridge" - and with the wheel train elegantly aligned from the barrel down to the escapement, the in-house movement is rightly highlighted from the openwork dial. It's handcrafted from stainless steel with a smooth leather strap.
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