Welcome to the next edition of our regular series, MR PORTER x Haulogerie: Watch Picks of the Week. In this week's instalment, we've hand-picked some incredible watches from the likes of Laurent Ferrier, Chopard and Roger Dubuis. Enjoy!
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.
Hermès Slim d'Hermès Squelette
Hermès' 'Squalette Luna' automatic watch is the latest design to join the house's 'Slim d'Hermès' collection and quite the feat of horological engineering. Housed in a polished titanium case, it has an open-worked dial that features a minimal take on the classic double moon-phase display and crisp typeface created by Mr Philippe Apeloig. It's set on a graphite-hued alligator strap that's stitched with blue threads to complement the grey tones of the movement.
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph
Vacheron Constantin chose the Maltese cross as its logo back in 1880, and it's the Maison's sporty 'Overseas' models that truly embody the symbol - both in terms of mechanical application and through the collection's design language. This 18-karat pink gold chronograph features the emblem on not just the dial, buckle, crown and inner workings of the calibre 5200 movement, but on the bezel, too, which is notched to resemble the arrowheads. The interchangeable alligator and rubber straps can easily be swapped, making this classic piece suitable for any dress code.
Chopard Alpine Eagle Large
After reobserving 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.
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.
H. Moser & Cie Endeavour Tourbillion Ox's Eye
The striking minimalism of H. Moser & Cie.'s 'Endeavour Tourbillon Ox's Eye' watch not only makes for a notable addition to your collection but is perfect for any formal event. Free from numerals and indices, the elegantly assembled dial gleams with a tonal effect inspired by an ox's eye, while the window at six o'clock frames the automatic movement's escapement. The case is crafted from 18-karat red gold that's complemented well by a brown leather strap.
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