One of the least popular representatives of the exotic luxury timepieces, Hautlence is a young name that was founded in 2004. The brand, which aims to make a difference by offering unique time display styles and interesting designs without going away from the elements that constitute the basis of traditional watchmaking, grows its fan base regularly. The brand, which continues to maintain its successful graphic under the management of the famous watchmaking maestro Georges-Henri Meylan, is under the spotlight with the Vagabonde Tourbillon introduced at this year’s SIHH trade show.
The new model comes with a square case that is familiar to watch enthusiasts who have a knowledge about Hautlence timepieces. Measuring 39mm x 46mm x 12mm, the case is made of 18K pink gold. The case, which evokes the funky TV Screen models of the 70s with its short lugs, is equipped with anti-glare coated scratch resistant sapphire crystals on both sides and is water resistant to 30 meters / 3 bars.
The dial of the new model, which draws attention with its uncommon time display style that is among the brand’s distinctive details, features a central disc, three satellites, and a one-minute flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock. Base dial is microblasted with blue PVD and accompanied with numerals in red gold varnish. Bridge is circular satin-brushed with blue PVD. Hour disc is sunray patterned with blue PVD, red gold transfer digits and transfer indicator. Minute disc is made of sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides, blue transfer honeycomb patterns and red gold transfer display sector, red gold transfer minute numerals with black outline.
The model is powered by the self-winding Hautlence Caliber HTL 405-1, based on the H. Moser Caliber HMC 804 with 35 jewels, 21,600vph and a power reserve of 3 days. The one-minute flying tourbillon and the double hairspring components are all manufactured in-house by Precision Engineering, Hautlence’s sister company. Bi-directional mechanical flying tourbillon movement with double hairspring. Front face sports sandblasted module, components decorated and finished by hand while the reverse side features double Cotes de Genève finish with components decorated and finished by hand.
It comes on a handmade blue alligator leather strap that is secured by a titanium folding clasp. MSRP is 79,000 Swiss Francs.