Hautlence has just opened a new chapter in its history by introducing its first ever Tourbillon watch. The new Hautlence Tourbillon 01 model remains true to the core design aesthetic of the Jura-based manufacturer.
This newcomer is equipped with the self-winding movement manufactured by Hautlence’s sister company H. Moser & Cie. The movement components are designed and produced by Precision Engineering AG. Both companies are owned by MELB Holding.
The HMC 802 automatic movement features a second time zone function which is indicated by a smaller hour hand. The impeccable movement is built on 29 jewels and oscillates at the semi-rapid frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour (3 Hz). The mechanism is capable to store enough energy to keep the watch ticking for at least 3 days when fully charged. Each movement’s component has been finished and decorated by hand, turning this novelty into an amazing timepiece from the inside out.
Underneath the front sapphire glass lies a three-dimensional dial with a multi-level reading of time. The dial highlights a black enamelled base which is encrusted by the Côtes de Genève decoration. The dial comprises a tourbillon which is set at the 6 o’ clock position, as well as red gold numerals and hour markers which appear to be floating above the base on the Tourbillon 01. There is also a second time zone hand which is a little bit smaller, as well as the hour and minute hands, all made of red gold. The central part of its dial features a red gold-plated Hautlence logo. Furthermore, hours and minutes hands are filled with white Superluminova for better nighttime legibility.
Hautlence Tourbillon 01 model exudes with the brand’s avant-garde approach to design. The watch is housed in a round two-toned case which measures 44mm in diameter and 12.4mm in thickness. The case is crafted from 18-karat rose gold and black PVD-coated titanium. Its bezel and lugs are made from red gold, whilst the case band is black-coated titanium.
The new Hautlence watch is attached to a black hand-sewn rolled-edge, rubberised padded Louisiana alligator leather strap, fitted with grade 2 titanium folding clasp with satin-finish 18-karat red gold plate. The water resistance of the watch is assured down to 30 meters (about 100 feet). The retail price is 88,000 Swiss francs including taxes.
The brand’s CEO and Co-Founder, Guillaume Tetu, explains when commenting the new watch: “I always said that we would never offer a tourbillon and that we preferred to push the limits of watchmaking with innovative dials that link mechanics and architecture… But never say never! For, as soon as we paired our emblematic sapphire crystal dial with the Calibre Tourbillon HMC 802 from H. Moser & Cie., I knew it was a perfect match.”