Welcome to the next installment in our regular series, MR PORTER x Haulogerie: Watch Picks of the Week, where we pick our favorite watches of the week. In this week’s roundup, we’ll be featuring pieces from Vacheron Constantin, Panerai and Cartier. Enjoy!
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Hand-Wound
The Vacheron Constantin Patrimony is a beautiful time-only watch that captures the quintessential look and feel of a classic dress watch. Minimalist in nature, the Vacheron Constantin Patrimony does away with the addition of any other extra function, instead focusing on a clean and polished aesthetic.
The Vacheron Constantin is available in a variety of different metals, but in its rose gold and cream dial, I find it the most attractive and beautiful of all variations.
Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921
Next is the Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921. Similar to the 1921 model specially designed for the American market during the Roaring Twenties, the Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921 has the distinct appearance of a face oriented diagonally. This means you can read the time without turning your wrist.
This level of ingenuity, though stunned in the 21st century, was unheard of at the start of the 20th century, giving the Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921 a somewhat cult status that continues to resonate even today.
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Panerai Radiomir GMT PAM00998
Panerai’s Radiomir GMT PAM00998 is where form ultimately meets function. Measuring 45mm in diameter, this is not a small watch by any stretch of the imagination, but thanks to continued use of Panerai’s iconic cushion-shaped care, it wears smaller than its dimensions show.
I love the look of the army green face which contrasts well with the brown leather strap and the cool steel of the case. When it comes to everyday functionality and something you can easily travel with, the Panerai Radiomir GMT PAM00998 is a hard case to beat.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Reserve De Marche
Let’s move on and we have the highly technical Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Réserve De Marche. Subjected to 1000 hours of rigorous testing, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Réserve De Marche is a brand of prestige and quality.
Its neat and simplistic dial is well thought out and very readable without being too obvious. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Réserve De Marche is very well packaged in its entirety. All in all, a fabulous timepiece from the watchmaker of the watchmakers.
Cartier is a watchmaker who makes some of the finest and most delicate watches, and the Santos-Dumont is no exception to this rule. Crafted here in pink gold and adorned with the house’s iconic sapphire crown, the Cartier Santos-Dumont is a fine example of not having to reinvent the wheel every time.
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The Cartier Santos-Dumont actually has a very rich history, having been originally designed for Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont in 1904 for reference during flight. Very cool.
Bell & Ross BR 05 limited edition skeleton
And finally we have the Bell & Ross BR 05 Limited Edition skeleton. Part of the series that debuted with the BR 01 model some fifteen years ago, the Bell & Ross BR 05 Limited Edition Skeleton is inspired by the precision and functionality of on-board flight instruments.
The Bell & Ross BR 05 Limited Edition Skeleton has a distinct blue tinted transparent dial showing the skeleton movement underneath. This is a very innovative and very avant-garde method of perforating a watch, but it is a method that seems to work very well for the Bell & Ross BR 05 Limited Edition skeleton.
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