Welcome to the next edition of MR PORTER x Haulogerie: Watch Picks of the Week
You can check out last week's picks here. In this week's instalment, we'll be featuring watches from Vacheron Constantin, IWC and Piaget. Enjoy!
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Automatic
This 40mm Vacheron Constantin timepiece has a polished 18-karat white gold case and supple black alligator strap. It's powered by the flawless calibre 2450 Q6 automatic movement that you can admire through the exhibition case back and has an impressive 40-hour power reserve.
IWC Big Pilot's Spitfire Automatic
IWC has a storied history producing watches for the British military - the 'Big Pilot's Spitfire' references rugged styles from the mid-century. Offsetting the army-green colour scheme, it's crafted from a bronze alloy that develops a characterful patina with age and is approximately 50% hardier than standard kinds. The dial is easily legible with luminescent Arabic numerals, large-scaled in balance with the watch's proportions.
Piaget Polo Automatic
Piaget ambassador Mr Ryan Reynolds was interviewed for The Journal sporting this 'Polo S' watch – it's the actor's favourite model, inspired by the pivotal role played by Mr Steve Martin's own Polo in the younger actor's favourite movie of all time, Planes, Trains and Automobiles. It's "just one of the things that [he hopes] to someday pass on". Crowned by the 18-karat rose gold bezel, this piece has a white guilloché dial set with Super-LumiNova®-coated baton hands and numerals, as well as a discreet date window positioned above the six o'clock mark. The transparent case back exposes the 180 intricately placed internal components and oscillating weight engraved with the house's coat of arms.
Panerai Luminor Marina PAM01272
Panerai's 'Luminor' timepieces take their lead from the original style used by the Italian Navy during the '50s. Reinterpreted for today, this 'Marina' iteration has been crafted in Switzerland from stainless steel and has a date window, small seconds sub dial and interchangeable alligator and rubber straps. It's powered by an automatic movement and has Super-LumiNova® hands, numerals and hour markers for maximum legibility.
Laurent Ferrier Square Automatic
Laurent Ferrier's watch is impeccable in appearance and craftsmanship. It's built with an in-house calibre FBN 229.01 automatic movement that is, perhaps, one of the truest modern interpretations of Mr Abraham-Louis Breguet's escapement. It's a joy to admire through the exhibition case back, along with the Côtes de Genève finishing. The black opaline dial is kept minimal to best complement the pillow-shaped stainless steel case.
IWC Pilot's TOP GUN Automatic Chronograph
Rendered in stealthy black, this IWC 'Pilot's' watch has a sleek 44mm ceramic case and a cockpit-inspired design. It pays homage to the iconic United States Navy 'Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor' programme, known more readily as 'TOP GUN' and is detailed with a discreet engraving at the case back. Powered by an IWC-manufactured 89361 calibre automatic movement, it has a 68-hour power reserve and protects against magnetic fields and drops in air pressure, marking it as an impressive feat of utility.
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