Welcome to the next edition of our regular series, MR PORTER x Haulogerie: Watch Picks of the Week. In this week's instalment, we'll be featuring some amazing watches from Roger Dubuis, Panerai and Laurent Ferrier. Enjoy!
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli Skeleton
The 'Excalibur Spider' is the result of a partnership between the revolutionary Roger Dubuis and iconic Italian tire manufacturer Pirelli, who share a fearlessness in the pursuit of performance. It has a robust 45mm DLC-coated titanium case that houses the watchmaker's signature skeletonised dial and calibre 820SQ automatic movement, and an exhibition case back that means it can be appreciated from either side. The strap, meanwhile, is embossed with a tread pattern on the inside and made with rubber inlays from real Pirelli tires that have raced in some of the most prestigious competitions.
IWC Portofino Eight Days
We think of manual watches as somewhat magical - in the words of our Senior Watch Editor Mr Chris Hall, "they provide a rare tactile connection to engineering". If you enjoy the ritual of hand-winding, you'll appreciate IWC's classic 'Portofino' timepiece. Fitted with a dark-brown alligator strap designed in partnership with House of Santoni, it has a 45mm 18-karat rose gold case that frames a slate-grey dial with a date window and power reserve. The Côtes de Genève-finished movement can be admired through the exhibition case back.
Panerai Submersible PAM00973
Panerai's 'Submersible' is named for its extreme robustness that makes it an esteemed professional-grade diving watch. Engineered from stainless steel with a Caoutchouc rubber strap, the design is driven by utility, most distinctively with luminescent hands, indices and subdial, alongside a brushed unidirectional bezel and crown guard. Function comes first, but the effect is artful in its graphic minimalism.
Laurent Ferrier École Régulateur
Laurent Ferrier's 'École Régulateur' watch balances a refined, simplistic appearance with traditional horology complications, like the regulator function that allows the hours, minutes and seconds indicators to sit separately. Then, there's the in-house calibre FBN 228.01 movement, which is on view through the exhibition case back, showcasing the micro-rotor and meticulous Côtes de Genève finish. The lugs are positioned so that the brown leather strap sits neatly flush against the rounded stainless steel case.
Piaget Polo Skeleton
Piaget had some notable wearers back in the '70s - Messrs Roger Moore and Andy Warhol favouring the original editions of the fine watchmaker's entry to the disco jetset, 'Polo', while Mr Miles Davis was an early adopter of the house's skeleton styles. A slick and contemporary fusion of both, this model is crafted from stainless steel, which complements the displayed mechanisms of its 1200S automatic movement. It's impressively slim by virtue of the embedded micro-rotor, and each component has been chamfered to sharpen the lines of their striking architecture.
Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix Automatic
Vacheron Constantin has crafted watches for over 260 years - the longest of any Swiss watchmaker. From the maison's 'Fiftysix' collection that's inspired by mid-century styles, this streamlined reference is built with a polished pink gold case and supple leather strap that matches the brown dial. The calibre 1326 automatic movement, 22-karat gold oscillating weight and signature emblem are visible through the exhibition case back.
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