Hautlence, the Neuchâtel-based contemporary watchmaker has unveiled the Vortex, the second addition to its Concept d’Exception range.
The new timepiece is inspired by contemporary architecture, as Hautlence collaborates with prominent Parisian design studio BBDC, Berra Blanquer Design Consultants, to create the Vortex’s unique appearance.
Its very design itself changes every hour, as the entire regulating organ rotates 60 degrees every 60 minutes. This, turns the very piece into a work of art.
“Pushing the boundaries whilst respecting tradition,” explains Founder and CEO of Hautlence Guillaume Tetu while summing up the launch of Vortex. “The idea behind the watch was to reveal our creative approach to watchmaking in a new Concept d’Exception.
Powered by an in-house automatic calibre HR2.0, the Hautlence Vortex’s functions include half-trailing hours, retrograde minutes and a power reserve indicator. The mechanism itself is angled at 90 degrees.
“The creation of Vortex gave us the chance to experiment with technical and stylistic concepts involving every element of a watch, including its movement. We are extremely proud to have had the opportunity to participate in this adventure and to have brought to life, all together, Hautlence’s second Concept d’Exception, Vortex” comments Ludovic Blanquer, designer at BBDC.
Each watch be supplied with three different straps that can be interchanged with a screwdriver that is included. The first is a black Louisiana alligator leather strap with large square scales. A second is produced using hornback crocodile leather in black with red topstitching. The last is a black rubber strap. Each is equipped with a folding clasp in grade 2 titanium with a palladium plate.
The Hautlence Vortex will be available in a limited quantity of only 88 timepieces worldwide, it has been confirmed.