HAUTLENCE HL2 Collection (HL2.1 and HL2.2)

Neuchatel based Independent Swiss watch brand HAUTLENCE unveils HL2, a revolutionary horological creation that breaks away from the mechanisms of the past without forgoing historic regulation methods. The HL2.0 collection represents the second generation of HAUTLENCE watches. After 4 years of development, it was first shown in 2010 and officially launched in its final version in 2011.

HAUTLENCE HL2.1 (in White Gold)
HAUTLENCE HL2.1 (in White Gold)

HL2 Collection features futuristic construction and the way in which it delivers the time make it unique. Thanks to the integration work of the manufacture calibre and to deep reflection, the shape of the gear teeth has been optimised, higher-quality oscillators have been created and the energy consumption of the various complications has been regulated. Through effort and constant research, HAUTLENCE is today able to unveil the second stage of its vision of innovative time display.

HAUTLENCE HL2.1 (in White Gold)

Faithful to the brand’s fundamental concept of offering a different way of reading time, this collection goes even further and establishes HAUTLENCE among the most prestigious contemporary watchmaking brands.

The HL2.0 models display half-trailing jumping hours – one of the special features of this second collection, retrograde minutes – a signature of the brand, and a power-reserve indicator. The collection also includes an automatic movement for the first time.

HAUTLENCE HL2.1 (in White Gold)

Constructed around the retrograde minutes function, the jumping hours mechanism consists of a 12-link chain activated by a connecting-rod/crank as in the HL collection. The retrograde minutes are indicated on a 180° sector of the dial.

HAUTLENCE HL2.2 (in Rose Gold)
HAUTLENCE HL2.2 (in Rose Gold)

An ingenious mechanism governs the movement of the assembly with a speed control that protects the components from any shocks arising from its operation. The chain rotates the mobile bridge through 60° each hour, compensating for the effect of gravity. To provide sufficient energy, the principal barrel, wound by the automatic system, winds a second barrel, which drives the display complication.

Developed and produced by the Neuchâtel brand’s own teams, this collection is the first to offer a Manufacture mechanical movement with automatic winding. Two models are currently available, each limited to 28 numbered timepieces: the HL2.1 in 18-carat white gold and the HL2.2 in 18-carat 4N rose gold.

HAUTLENCE HL2.2 (in Rose Gold)

Technology

The HAUTLENCE HL2.0 watch displays the hours in an aperture, on a 12-link chain moving in a controlled, regulated manner every 60 minutes in 4 seconds without shocks. In this timepiece, HAUTLENCE has separated the energy necessary for chronometry from that necessary for animation, with the addition of a second dedicated barrel to the complication. This was to obtain an optimal chronometric result without disturbance from the energy required for the complication and animation of the display, in a system that compensates for the effects of gravity.

HAUTLENCE HL2.0 Movement
HAUTLENCE HL2.0 Movement – Front Side

This is initiated by the return to zero of the retrograde minutes, with a connecting-rod, sensor and spiral system (like the HAUTLENCE HL model) which frees the energy of the barrel of the complication. The speed of this barrel is controlled by a speed regulator (at the centre of the retrograde minutes).

HAUTLENCE HL2.0 Movement

As for the chain, it is driven every hour by the barrel of the complication at the passing of the hour. It acts on the chain via the speed regulator, which ensures the gentleness of the movement, and via a mechanism that moves it forward one step every hour. This advancement of the chain then turns, by 60 degrees, the main plate that supports the regulating organ and some of the chronometry wheels. The operation has no torque effect on the chronometry.

HAUTLENCE HL2.0 Movement

This new milestone in terms of time display places HAUTLENCE among the brands bringing a new dynamic to the watchmaker’s art by breaking new ground in terms of display, giving the profession a new, three-dimensional vision of time.

The regulating organ is a set of gears that change position (60 degrees) every hour (like the tourbillon, which does this continuously). This new milestone in terms of time display places HAUTLENCE among the brands bringing a new dynamic to the watchmaker’s art by breaking new ground in terms of display, giving the profession a new, three-dimensional vision of time.

HAUTLENCE HL2.0 Movement

Spectacularly architectured around a retrograde minute, the jumping hour comprises a 12-link chain triggered by a connecting rod system identical to those found in HL collections.

An ingenious system, unique in the world of wristwatches, allows the whole ensemble to be shifted in a controlled manner thanks to a speed regulator that preserves the components from any unwanted shocks caused by the workings of the timepiece. It features a dedicated barrel, the sole purpose of which is to provide enough energy for the entire system.

And in order to create a cinematic spectacle, HAUTLENCE has ensured that the movement of the chain allowing the hour to be changed in the aperture is accompanied by the 60º rotation of the regulating organ. This rotary motion taking place every 60 minutes allows the effects of gravity on the regulating organ to be statistically compensated for should the watch remain immobile.

HAUTLENCE HL2.0 Movement
HAUTLENCE HL2.0 Movement – Rear Side

The 4 Modules

1. “Jumping” regulating organ

The HL2 is a bold watch designed around an ingenious mechanism allowing the regulating organ to be rotated together with some of the gears, once an hour. Driven by the movement of the hour every 60 minutes, the regulation group comprising the balance, the balance spring of the lever and the lever wheel but also the second and third wheels will occupy a new position, different from the previous one by precisely 60º. Finally, this ensemble performs a rotation on an axis parallel to that of the wrist.

HAUTLENCE HL2 Movement - Jumping regulating organ
HAUTLENCE HL2 Movement – Jumping regulating organ

This original, sophisticated construction allows the regulating organ to change position every hour. Like on a classic tourbillon, this rotating movement allows the balance to occupy all positions successively. Through this process, an average rate of vertical positions is obtained, the impact of which is therefore a clear improvement in the timing of the instrument. Put simply, the regulating group corrects the errors of equilibrium of the balance-spring system, the result of which is a statistical cancellation of the negative effects of gravity on the precision of an immobile watch.

2. Hour with Jumping Chain

With this new watchmaking creation, HAUTLENCE has chosen to emphasise the aesthetics by creating a mechanical display system that allows the time to be read differently. Exploiting innovative mechanical solutions borrowed from other industrial fields, the HL2 has risen to the challenge of reinventing watch complications. The entire design of this new-generation timepiece revolves around the exploitation of a sort of chain, each link of which is moved forward hour by hour through successive jumps, the current hour being presented in an aperture.

HAUTLENCE HL2 Movement - Hour with Jumping Chain
HAUTLENCE HL2 Movement – Hour with Jumping Chain

This entire fine mechanism is driven by a speed-reduction train that accompanies the rotation for 4 seconds in order to protect the hour chain and the regulating organ from any shock from blows or butting. Every 60 minutes, the rotation of this mechanical ensemble therefore allows the wearer of the watch to observe the changing of the numerals indicating the hours in the aperture for those few seconds that the mechanical sequence lasts.

3. Speed regulator

In order to successfully master the rotation of the chain and the simultaneous rotation of the regulating organ, the energy stored in the barrels has been controlled by a set of ingenious mechanisms. The energy in the barrel dedicated to the complication is delivered to the mechanism once that of the retrograde minutes has returned to zero. Through the intervention of its connecting rod serving as a sensor and to the star wheel, the complication group initiates a rotation of a single turn thanks to a cam plus slide system.

HAUTLENCE HL2 Movement - Speed regulator
HAUTLENCE HL2 Movement – Speed regulator

In order to master and optimise the kinetic energy present, an inertia speed-regulator has been fitted in order to limit the speed of rotation of the ensemble for four seconds. As the mechanical sequences follow one another, it is therefore possible for the chain to move gently in order to display the next hour without any collisions that could be detrimental to the correct functioning of the watch.

4. Automatic Winding

HAUTLENCE’s in house developed self-winding mechanical movement features a high-performance gear system with an optimised gear-tooth shape. Based on a collaboration begun with Philippe Ruedin, HAUTLENCE’s external engineering consultant for many years, the idea of sharing the development of an “open-source” calibre has allowed many independent brands to have at their disposal components from a common base, which may be personalised as desired. This mechanical base, called ASXP 0300 in watchmaking jargon, has been thoroughly reworked in the HAUTLENCE design offices in order to create a new kind of calibre.

HAUTLENCE HL2.0 Movement

The complication’s high-energy needs forced the team of designers to re-think the calibre, giving it a self-winding mechanism in order to supply the main barrel, which serves to maintain the energy of the balance, and the second barrel, which serves to drive the complication.

As one can imagine, it is continuously reloaded thanks to the presence of a gear train connected to the finishing gear train. Furthermore, in order to prevent the watch from stopping unexpectedly, HAUTLENCE has added a power-reserve indicator to its new model in order to check the charge level, designed to function for 45 hours without movement of the rotor.

Patents

The HAUTLENCE HL2 watch incorporates three patents. The first patent concerns the half-trailing hours chain (as opposed to an instant system that is too fast to appreciate, or a dragging system that cannot be read correctly between the hours): every 60 minutes the chain advances in 3-4 seconds without jumps or loss of energy, making it possible to admire the beauty of the movement and its mechanisms in action.

The second patent relates to the regulating organ integrated into the mobile bridge movement. Its constantly changing position, driven by the display, compensates statistically for the effect of gravity, enhancing its precision.

The third patent covers the operation of the movement’s two barrels. The principal barrel is wound by the automatic system and transmits the energy needed to wind a second barrel that is devoted exclusively to driving the complication. It is kept fully wound by the main barrel to ensure that an optimal level of energy is available to change each hour. This means the complex systems are powered independently without affecting the precision of the watch.

Technical details

Model: HAUTLENCE HL2.1 (in White Gold)

HAUTLENCE HL2.1 (in White Gold)

Movement

  • HAUTLENCE HL2.0. HAUTLENCE in-house movement including gear train and automatic winding system. Half-trailing hours displayed by a chain, retrograde minutes, mobile bridge movement.
    2 barrels: one finishing barrel (power reserve for the entire watch movement including power for the second barrel) and a complication barrel.
  • Hours displayed by a 12-link chain hinged on a pallet system. The speed regulator ensures that the hours display changes in 3-4 seconds instead of instantly. It completes 48 revolutions at each hour change. Hours system activated by a one revolution mechanism composed principally of a connecting rod and rack.
  • Mobile bridge movement comprises the regulating organ and rotates through 60° at each change of hour.
  • Movement kinematics incorporate 90° changes of direction by means of special bevelled gears.
  • Automatic movement with oscillating weight in 18-carat white gold.
  • Identification and numbering plate: HL2.1
  • This innovative movement is protected by 3 HAUTLENCE patents.
  • Dimensions (movement): 37.8 mm x 33.2 mm x 12.35 mm
  • Number of components: 552
  • Number of jewels: 92
  • Regulating organ: 18,000 vibrations/hour
  • Power reserve: 45 hours
  • Finishing: fine-watchmaking type (satin-brushed, hand-drawn, hand-bevelled, ruthenium-anthracite coating and polished-blocked steel elements).
  • Manufacturing technology: multi-axis micro-machining, wire electro-erosion. LIGA photolithography.

Display
Hours, retrograde minutes and power reserve.

Case
Material: 18-carat white gold
Dimensions: 50 mm x 42 mm x 17.8 mm
Crystal: 3 three-dimensional sapphire crystals, scratch-resistant, produced by multiaxis grinding.
Alternating finishes: sand-blasting, satin-brushing and hand-polishing.
Crown: 18-carat white gold with micro-machined HAUTLENCE logo.
Horns: screwed, 18-carat white gold.
Horn and case-back screws: 18-carat white gold.
Weight: 192 grammes
Water resistance: 30 metres

Dial
Dial: ruthenium and rhodium-plated, black numerals and luminescent dots for readability in the dark.
Hour numerals: rhodium-plated with luminescent numbers.
Minutes hand: rhodium-plated with a luminescent tip for readability in the dark.
Power-reserve hand: steel with luminescent indicator.

Strap
Strap in brown or black Louisiana alligator skin, large square scales, full wrapped, hand-stitched.
Spring bar for changing the strap.
Folding buckle: titanium and 18-carat white gold

Edition
Limited edition of 28 timepieces

Packaging Contents
HL2.1 watch
Identification and numbering plate
Special leather travel box
Watchmaker’s magnifying glass
Instruction booklet
Guarantee card (3 years)

Price (including tax)
CHF 240,000.-

Model: HAUTLENCE HL2.2 (in Rose Gold)

HAUTLENCE HL2.2 (in Rose Gold)

Movement

  • HAUTLENCE HL2.0. HAUTLENCE in-house movement including gear train and automatic winding system. Half-trailing hours displayed by a chain, retrograde minutes, mobile bridge movement.
    2 barrels: one finishing barrel (power reserve for the entire watch movement including power for the second barrel) and a complication barrel.
  • Hours displayed by a 12-link chain hinged on a pallet system. The speed regulator ensures that the hours display changes in 3-4 seconds instead of instantly. It completes 48 revolutions at each hour change. Hours system activated by a one revolution mechanism composed principally of a connecting rod and rack.
  • Mobile bridge movement comprises the regulating organ and rotates through 60° at each change of hour.
  • Movement kinematics incorporate 90° changes of direction by means of special bevelled gears.
  • Automatic movement with oscillating weight in 18-carat 4N rose gold.
  • Identification and numbering plate: HL2.2
  • This innovative movement is protected by 3 HAUTLENCE patents.
  • Dimensions (movement): 37.8 mm x 33.2 mm x 12.35 mm
  • Number of components: 552
  • Number of jewels: 92
  • Regulating organ: 18,000 vibrations/hour
  • Power reserve: 45 hours
  • Finishing: fine-watchmaking type (satin-brushed, hand-drawn, hand-bevelled, ruthenium-anthracite coating and polished-blocked steel elements).
  • Manufacturing technology: multi-axis micro-machining, wire electro-erosion. LIGA photolithography.

Display
Hours, retrograde minutes and power reserve.

Case
Material: 18-carat 4N rose gold
Dimensions: 50 mm x 42 mm x 17.8 mm
Crystal: 3 three-dimensional sapphire crystals, scratch-resistant, produced by multiaxis grinding.
Alternating finishes: sand-blasting, satin-brushing and hand-polishing.
Crown: 18-carat 4N rose gold with micro-machined HAUTLENCE logo.
Horns: screwed, 18-carat 4N rose gold.
Horn and case-back screws: 18-carat 4N rose gold.
Weight: 192 grammes
Water resistance: 30 metres

Dial
Dial: ruthenium and rhodium-plated, black numerals and luminescent dots for readability in the dark.
Hour numerals: rhodium-plated with luminescent numbers.
Minutes hand: rhodium-plated with a luminescent tip for readability in the dark.
Power-reserve hand: steel with luminescent indicator.

Strap
Strap in brown or black Louisiana alligator skin, large square scales, full wrapped, hand-stitched.
Spring bar for changing the strap
Folding buckle: titanium and 18-carat 4N rose gold

Edition
Limited edition of 28 timepieces

Packaging Contents
HL2.2 watch
Identification and numbering plate
Special leather travel box
Watchmaker’s magnifying glass
Instruction booklet
Guarantee card (3 years)

Price (including tax)
CHF 220,000.-

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