As a follow up to the successful debut of their concept watch Vortex, Neuchâtel-based Swiss watchmaker Hautlencereveals Vortex 02, a deliciously deviant timepiece in black and red gold tones, magnificently showcasing unique timekeeping methods in a unique, three dimensional artistry.

Housed inside a uniquely rectangular case, Vortex 02 is equipped with an exclusive calibre, HL 2.0. It comes with three Hautlence patents, the first of which is the 12-link chain that showcases the half-trailing hours, running smoothly in three to four seconds as per 60 minutes to highlight the current hour. This mechanism is different from the instant, automatic approach which turns the hours rather too swiftly. The dragging system allows one to appreciate the time transformation, allowing one to ponder what to do in between, and making the most out of it.

Its second feature is the regulating organ that is perched within the bridge-type movement, constantly changing position in-line with the display. Two barrels, the third of its patents, are housed inside the watch, with the main barrel offering enough juice to wind up the second barrel, which respectively powers the whole system. Very unique concept, as this cements precision in the entire complication; making sure that the correct time is set.

Everything is housed inside a beautiful red-gold case and sapphire crystal glass. At a glance, wears can only see the retrograde minutes, power reserve and the layered openwork of the movement. There’s a logo at the middle of the trailing digits, each tinted with white luminous ink, shining from the black opaque canvass. The handsome hues are perfect for the nostalgic, steam-punk inspired man, who will accept nothing less than extraordinary.


  • Hautlence HL2.0 in-house calibre movement
  • Double barrel
  • 552 components, 92 jewels
  • 40-hour Power Reserve
  • 5-ATM Water Resistance
  • 18,000 vph
  • 18k 5N red gold case
  • 3D scratch resistant sapphire crystal glass
  • 4N pink gold metallization with black metallized dial
  • Hours and minutes markers in Super-Lumi-Nova
  • Brown / black large square alligator scale leather strap and black rubber strap

Vortex 02 is limited to only 28 pieces, available with three different straps that can be alternatively worn. The box includes a black or brown alligator leather for dressy attires and a black rubber strap for sportier occasions.