This year, after devoting its creativity and its jewellery talents exclusively to the design of feminine watches, Léon Hatot is unveiling its very first masculine watch collection.
While women have always been the brand’s muse and inspiration, history shows that its founder Léon Hatot also placed his expertise in the service of technical developments. In addition to the conception of “ATO” clocks, he made a significant contribution to mechanical horology in 1930 by designing and patenting the famous “Rolls” automatic winding mechanism, featuring an oscillating weight supported by tiny bearings and sliding over a system of runners. Moreover, the authorities of Besançon also commissioned him to create a hunter-watch intended for the President of the French Republic, Armand Falières.
Today, in response to demand from a loyal and increasingly exacting clientele, Léon Hatot has created a first men’s line imbued with a distinctly contemporary character and the spirit of traditional watchmaking. Three models, all powered by a mechanical self-winding movement visible through the transparent case-back, pay tribute to the innovative talent of a brand that has always shown itself capable of keeping step with and even anticipating its customers’ desires.
The Classic model exudes an understated charm in keeping with the noblest watchmaking traditions; the Chronograph radiates pure sporting elegance; while the Moon Phase Chronograph features a fascinating design and sophisticated horological complications. These three new timepieces represent the accomplished expression of a watchmaking art blending technique and aesthetics built upon an over century-old heritage.
Léon Hatot Men’s Classic
With its studied, controlled sobriety, the Classic men’s watch by Léon Hatot distils the time with inimitable elegance. Timeless and yet radiantly modern, this watch embodies the philosophy of essentials: a round shape, pure lines and understated colours compose a minimalist model with no superfluous details, entirely focused on the concepts of equilibrium and readability.
The steel case is water-resistant to 50 metres and provides a spacious sense of freedom. The luminescent hour and minute hands move sedately over a black or silvered dial free of any ostentatious decoration. The date is displayed at 3 o’clock, while the applied hour-markers adopt a streamlined profile.
Léon Hatot Men’s Chronograph
The men’s chronograph from Léon Hatot comes with a polished steel case framing three shades of dial – charcoal grey, silver-coloured or chocolate brown. Inspired by the Chronolove ladies’ watch created in 2008, it displays its time measurement functions within a generous 43 mm diameter.
The chronograph counters and the small seconds subdial appear in a boldly overlapping configuration, while the date is displayed through a perfectly integrated slanted aperture between 4 and 5 o’clock. The hour and minute hands glide confidently around this fascinating stage, coated in a luminescent substance to enhance read-off.
This legibility is also reinforced by a sunburst motif that lights up the dial and creates a striking contrast between its straight lines and the rounded shapes of the counters. Finally, the chapter ring with its discreetly transferred Arabic numerals accentuates the modern design of a resolutely masculine model that is water-resistant to 100 metres.
Léon Hatot Men’s Moon Phase Chronograph
Day, date, 24-hour indicator, chronograph and moon phases: in addition to the hours and minutes, this new men’s model from Léon Hatot handles time with inimitable expertise. Its majestic 45 mm-diameter case sculpted from steel and water-resistant to 50 metres is a decidedly modern-day interpretation of the timepiece that places it at the heart of the 21st century.
The Moon Phase Chronograph leaves no doubt about its vocation: its elegantly masculine appearance is the essence of modernity. On its fascinating off-centred dial, the hour and minute hands remain in a central position, while the small seconds are offset at 9 o’clock and the chapter ring carves out a “free” curving space that is immediately invaded by outsized hour-markers. The other time indications are positioned in additional counters on various levels, creating a decidedly edgy impression of depth. The moon disc at 6 o’clock is progressively revealed during 28 days before appearing in its full radiant splendour.
Echoing contemporary architectural trends, the Moon Phase Chronograph focuses on destructured and mobile design effects. The matter absorbs and reflects the light through alternating polished and satin brushed finishes, while the complex structural interplay of the dial and displays faithfully mirrors today’s energetic and active world.