La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland—Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine
Known and celebrated for its innovative approach to displaying the time, Neuchâtel watch brand Hautlence has reinterpreted its design codes to create an ultra-contemporary new collection: Avant-Garde. Where design meets creative watchmaking art.
Avant-Garde is a sleek, powerful collection born of an alchemy of contemporary universes, taking its inspiration from the curves and aesthetic codes of avant garde design. Created in Hautlence’s Atelier d’horlogerie contemporaine, the first 3 models of this new collection offer an innovative, and seemingly weightless, approach to time display. The two multilayered dials create an exquisite play of depth and transparency to reveal the architectural balance of the piece.
As you look inside, the eye is drawn ever inward to the unique transparent sapphire dial: the dial’s upper face features a transfer logo, as well as luminescent minutes and indexes; its lower face includes a semi-opaque area and a metal coating made from highly polished rhodium or rose gold. Underneath, a base dial in silvered opaline or emblematic honeycomb further enhances the feeling of weightlessness. Luminescent numerals and indexes guarantee easy readability and reinforce the 3D effect of the jumping hours, retrograde minutes and subsidiary seconds.
A sleek, curved ergonomic case which combines steel and titanium – covered by black DLC on some models – imparts strength and lightness to this new line which incorporates all of the brand’s characteristic elements: Hautlence’s in-house manual winding mechanical movement, jumping hours and retrograde minutes using Hautlence’s connecting rods system and hand-drawn strokes with a hand-angled finish.
This autumn, the brand will unveil the next three models: The Avant-Garde HLRS 01 features rose gold titanium and steel case, bezel and bumpers covered by black DLC, 18-carat 4N rose gold crown and screws, silvered opaline base dial, and a black caoutchouc strap with folding buckle.
The HLRS 02 cools things down with a blue titanium and steel case, polished steel bezel, silvered opaline base dial. Finally the HLRS 03 brings a orange honeycomb and titanium and steel case, bezel and bumpers covered by black DLC,and a honeycomb base dial to the Avant-Garde table.
Through the Avant-Garde collection, the brand has launched ready-to-wear timepieces, consolidating its future and enhancing its creative offerings.