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HAUTLENCE offers an innovative way to display the time. Reconnecting with its original identity by going back to basics, HAUTLENCE continues to revolutionise the hour display by giving time a new dimension with the HL SPHERE 02, equipped with the eighth manufacture calibre of the brand. Following on from the jumping hour disc and the half-trailing hour chain, it now presents a jumping hour that spins on a sphere.
A blue sphere occupies the left-hand portion of the case, magnificently showcased by a sapphire crystal with a small dome, attracting everyone’s attention. It features twelve engraved numerals and rotates on itself through three rotation axes to reveal the current hour. This hypnotic dance, which initially appears totally random, actually follows a strict choreography, dictated by a conical differential including four conical gears that move around two crossed spindles inclined at an angle of 21 degrees. Two polished titanium cases featuring a blue PVD treatment adorn this tridimensional complex system to form a sphere.
To the right of the sphere is a retrograde minute display with a hand that travels along a fine and elegant minute track that opens onto the movement and partly reveals the balance. This aperture brings the gear train into view, which slows down the course of the minute hand when it returns to zero, regulating its speed so as to reduce impact forces. The differential and snail used to trigger the jumping hour can also be seen beneath the minute hand. The minute track and the applied diamond-polished and metal blue minute numerals are fixed to an intermediary rose gold grained dial. The design of this dial adds a delicate vintage touch to the HL SPHERE 02, contrasting with the utterly contemporary look of this creation.
The white gold case of the HL SPHERE 02 adopts HAUTLENCE’s signature TV screen shape. With its balanced proportions, the HL SPHERE 02 model is compact and can be worn in any occasion, sitting perfectly on the wrist. An alligator-leather strap, in the same blue shade as the sphere, adds the final touch to the piece.
The HTL 501-1 hand-wound calibre beats at the heart of the HL SPHERE 02 model. Entirely developed, designed and produced by HAUTLENCE’s watchmakers, this movement is the perfect culmination of technical and aesthetic expertise. The skeletonised balance bridge allows the owner to admire the oscillations of the proprietary balance spring produced by Precision Engineering AG, HAUTLENCE’s sister company. The equally skeletonised drum and ratchet reveal the barrel spring, thereby providing a simple yet ingenious visual indication of the power reserve.
HAUTLENCE: an architectural approach to modern watchmaking. Independence with an edge.
Since it was founded in 2004, HAUTLENCE has been seen as one of the originators of a movement championing a rebellion in watchmaking. Over the years, HAUTLENCE has cultivated the art of breaking rules, mixing past with future, respecting watchmaking traditions whilst circumventing them through innovative – and sometimes completely offbeat – creations. The HL2.3 PUNK is in line with this spirit, taking it to the next level. A veritable sculpture in movement, this creation boasts a unique and unexpected aesthetic, adorned with steel studs. Flying in the face of all conventions, HAUTLENCE has created a timepiece which breaks with received codes entirely, firmly rooting itself in Punk ideology.
Cementing its status as the “enfant terrible” of watchmaking, HAUTLENCE takes rebellion to the next level with the HL2.3 PUNK model. Reinterpreting the signature case associated with the calibre HL2.0, with its three sapphire crystals cut from solid blocks, HAUTLENCE has taken the unconventional step of adding 84 studs of 14 different sizes to symbolically represent the Punk ethos. Inspired by the legendary Perfecto jacket, HAUTLENCE is embodying personal liberty, daring to mix genres to create an haute horlogerie watch which boldly proclaims its individuality. Above the speed regulator which ensures that the hours display changes smoothly via the half-trailing hours chain, HAUTLENCE has replaced the traditional MOEBIUS symbol with the “Circle-A” of the Libertarian movement, which advocates for absolute freedom, denying any principle of authority and rejecting all constraints.
The HL2.3 PUNK is driven by the calibre HL2.0, which combines the jumping hour, which is half-trailing, the retrograde minute – the brand’s signature – and the power reserve indication. Constructed around the retrograde minutes, the jumping hour is formed of a chain comprising twelve links. The retrograde minutes are displayed on a sector set over 180°. A clever mechanism ensures this assembly moves with control, thereby preventing any accidental impacts linked to its operation. Each hour, as the chain moves, the bridge-type movement rotates through 60°, enabling it to compensate for the effects of gravity on the regulating organ. To ensure it has sufficient energy, the main barrel, which is charged by the automatic system, winds a second barrel which drives the display complication.
With a sleek ergonomic design, featuring contemporary mechanical architecture backed with an ethos of rebellion, the HL2.3 PUNK model will certainly not go unnoticed, linking back to the brand’s founding principle: to create different ways of displaying the time. The HL2.3 PUNK is a unique piece which will be available in other materials.