Another week down, another round up of MR PORTER x Haulogerie: Watch Picks of the Week. In this week's edition, we'll be featuring the best watches from the likes of Hermès, Panerai, Vacheron Constantin and Laurent Ferrier Enjoy!
Hermès H08 Automatic
Hermès Timepieces' sporty 'H08' watch is an "all-road" style designed for activity and daily wear. Made in Switzerland, it has a cushion-shaped titanium case complemented by a round dial with Super-LumiNova® numerals, and an in-house H1837 automatic movement that's visible through the sapphire glass crystal back. The flexible rubber strap features the brand's textured web motif.
Ulysse Nardin Freak X Ti
When Ulysse Nardin first came up with the concept of doing away with a watch's hands and dial - and instead using the movement itself to tell the time as it rotates - then-CEO Rolf Schnyder took one look at the prototype and insisted it had to be called the 'Freak'. This 'Freak X' version adds a crown for more orthodox operation but remains true to the principle of letting the gear train and escapement serve as the hands. Powered by the UN-230 automatic movement with a silicon balance wheel, it has a lightweight titanium case with black DLC coating and an exhibition case back where you can admire the rest of the movement.
Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921
The distinctive design of Vacheron Constantin's 'Historiques' watch is closely modelled after a style from 1921 that was specially made for Americans during the Roaring Twenties - it has a diagonal face that's readable without having to turn your wrist, and a crown at the top corner, rather than the side. Detailed with a railway dial-train, Arabic numerals and small seconds sub-dial, it's crafted from 18-karat pink gold and powered by a calibre 4400 AS hand-wound movement with a power reserve that lasts nearly 3 days.
Panerai Luminor Marina Limited Edition PAM01117
The 'Luminor' origin story is a fascinating one, with founder Mr Giovanni Panerai filing for a patent for 'Radiomir' in 1916, which gave luminosity to the dials based on radium powder. Panerai went on to develop the superior Luminor substance in 1949, to which this limited edition 'Marina' model of 270 pieces pays homage. Built with a cushion-shaped titanium case, it has an integrated Incabloc® system to protect against shock and ensure reliable timekeeping in underwater conditions. The blue Sandwich™ dial is cut out at each Arabic numeral and marker to provide maximum luminescence.
Bremont MB Savanna Automatic
The 'MB Savanna' is the result of Bremont's partnership with Martin-Baker - the British engineering company approached the watchmaker to create the ultimate aviation timepiece that would withstand the extreme pressure of ejector seats. Its robust yet lightweight 43mm titanium case is protected with a technical coating and an anti-magnetic Faraday ring; inside, the calibre 11 1/2" BE-36AE movement - modified with an automatic winding bridge for increased shock resistance - ensures the efficient running of the time and date-keeping functions.
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.
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