Another week down, another edition of our MR PORTER x Haulogerie: Watch Picks of the Week series. In this week's instalment, we'll be featuring some amazing watches from maisons like Vacheron Constantin, Jaeger-LeCoultre and Piaget. Enjoy!
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.
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The 'Santos' watch was originally created in 1904 by Mr Louis Cartier when Brazilian aviator Mr Alberto Santos-Dumont requested a timepiece he could use while flying. Recognised today by the signature curved horns and exposed screws, this squared model has a 39.8mm 18-karat pink gold case that houses an opalescent dial detailed with Roman numerals. This style is expertly crafted with the innovative 'QuickSwitch' feature, which allows you to easily alternate between the chain link bracelet and alligator strap depending on the occasion.
IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar
IWC's 'Portugeiser' watch is engineered with the ingenious perpetual calendar developed by head watchmaker Mr Kurt Klaus in the early 1980s - it displays the date, day, month and moon phase, and even indicates when it's a leap year. Manufactured in Switzerland with an 18-karat gold case, it's powered by an in-house calibre 82650 automatic movement and set on a classic dark-brown alligator strap.
Piaget Altiplano Ultimate
Piaget's 'Altiplano Ultimate' timepiece maintains the slim profile it's become known for - it's been the world's thinnest automatic since its launch in 2018. Designed with a 41mm 18-karat rose gold case, it features off-centre hour and minute hands powered by a calibre 910P automatic movement, which can be viewed through the skeletonised dial. Complete with an ardillon buckle-fastening black leather strap, it's a truly elegant choice.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Duoface
Jaeger-LeCoultre's horologists first developed the 'Reverso' watch in the '30s, and this 'Classic Large Duoface' model is an homage to the Art Deco era from which it originated. It's powered by the house's calibre 854A/2 hand-wound movement, which contains a total of 160 parts and has an impressive 42-hour power reserve, and is encased in polished 18-karat rose gold that's complemented by the black alligator strap. The revolutionary two-sided dial has a silver guilloche front with a small seconds sub-dial and a black Clous de Paris reverse to display a second time zone.
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Huracán
Roger Dubuis has once again teamed up with Lamborghini Squadra Corse to design the new 'Excalibur Huracán' - combining the former’s horological expertise with the latter's Italian engineering. Limited to just 88 pieces, it's powered by an automatic RD630 calibre and has a frosted ceramic case with an exhibition back revealing the 360° oscillating rim weight that reproduces the like-for-like speed effect of its namesake's wheel rims. The crown takes cues from the car's racing buts and Super-LumiNova® has been used to coat the hands in addition to the timepiece's tilted surfaces so you can still read it in low light.
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