Defined by its futuristic aesthetics, animated colour tones and complex nature, the Hautlence Vortex Gamma 02 is a spectacular wristwatch with a powerful wrist presence. Unique in every respect, the piece exhibits the inner workings of its in-house Calibre offering its wearer a lesson in horological anatomy. For those with an appreciation for contemporary Haute Horlogerie, this exclusive edition will be an alluring proposition.
Forming part of the Hautlence Concept d’Exception Collection, the watch carries a case comprising of 6 sapphire sections held within a minimalist framework constructed from HLLightColour. This exceptional material, which is used in the automatic and aerospace industries, is four times lighter than titanium yet highly resilient to impact.
This daring combination of black and yellow tones which enhances the angular architecture of the Gamma 02 model is not simply a coating. The HLLightColour composite is charged with ceramic nanotube particles, so that the colour is supersaturated throughout the body of the material.
Adhering to the unique styling codes of the sculptured case, the piece features an exceptional dial arrangement.
At the dial centre, a generous arc for the retrograde minutes dominates. At first glance, the logo-inscribed hub at its centre appears to be an entirely innocent brand representation. However, the instant the arrow-headed minutes hand has reached the 60-minute mark the central hub spins, for an astounding 48 high-speed revolutions.
Even though the vigorous movement of the hub is a compelling feature, it is also a functional component. While spinning seemingly uncontrollably, the diminutive hub is, in fact, regulating the pace of the signature Hautlence half-trailing hour display.
Positioned on the left of the dial and comprising of digits placed on individual pallets on a twelve-link track, the hour display offers a poetic view of the passing of the hours.
As the digits progress along the chain driven mechanism, they do so at a satisfyingly moderate pace. As each new hour replaces the old, the mechanisms which enable the 3-4 seconds transition of the change-over can be viewed through the sapphire panel on the case side.
Adding to this impressive façade, the entire balance and escapement assembly is mounted on a mobile bridge. Rotating in sync with the half-trailing hour mechanism it passes through 60° each time, rotating four times every 24 hours.
Beating at 18,000vph the in-house Hautlence Calibre, contained within this vitreous housing utilises two barrels - a primary barrel which is fed directly from the automatic winding system which then distributes power to a secondary barrel keeping it fully wound, so that the optimal level of energy is available to enable the hour change. The wearer can keep check on the impressive 40 hour power reserve via a graduated indicator with a red varnished hand, to the right of the retrograde minutes display.
The unusual layout of the calibre and the reverse aspect of the hour pallets can be appreciated through the sapphire caseback. On closer inspection the Haute Horlogerie credentials of the piece are revealed through the skilful satin-brushed, hand-bevelling and mirror-polished components.
The Hautlence Vortex Gamma 02 watch comes with strap options of black, padded Louisiana alligator leather with large square scales and yellow topstitching and a black rubber example with yellow varnish. Each secures to the wrist with a Grade 2 titanium folding clasp with a black DLC-coated plate with a yellow varnished logo. With a limited production of just 8 pieces, the exclusivity of this remarkable watch is assured.