Swiss luxury watch brand HAUTLENCE offers a unique technicolor experience with its latest timepiece, the Vortex Gamma, placing chromatics at the very core of this exceptional creation. Featuring a new and exclusive vibrant case material that can take on any color or shade, the Vortex Gamma allows for an unprecedented bespoke experience and a truly personalized setting for the HL2.0 in-house movement.
For this new horology art piece, HAUTLENCE has chosen a revolutionary composite material borrowed from the automotive and aerospace industries. Charged with ceramic nanotube particles, the HL LightColor is endowed with properties identical to those a conventional watch industry metal, while being four times lighter than titanium. It is machined with the same precision and to within the same tolerances, thus enabling extremely complex finishing operations, such as those featured on the case of the Vortex Gamma with its alternating brushed, polished and bead-blasted surfaces. In addition to this remarkable technological appearance, this material opens up boundless aesthetic possibilities. The HL LightColor is body tinted and enables HAUTLENCE to play with the entire Pantone colour spectrum, to the delight of its clients, who are now able to order custom-made models.
In designing the case of the Vortex Gamma, composed of six three-dimensional sapphire crystals, HAUTLENCE has drawn inspiration from the TRON style, stemming from the eponymous sci-fi film directed by Steven Lisberger in 1982. Playing with visual effects showcasing luminescent shapes representing integrated circuits, TRON has given rise to an extremely graphic universe. Through this style and by placing colour in the spotlight, HAUTLENCE magnificently enhances the architectural lines of the Vortext case, accentuating them through a striking set of contrasting effects.
The minutes dial, made of almost completely transparent sapphire, offers a broad view of the HL2.0 caliber powering the Vortex Gamma. As the guiding thread of this model, colour also makes an appearance on the 12 links of the half-trailing hours chain, the key movement function. The mechanical automatic HL2.0 calibre is protected by three HAUTLENCE patents. The first concerns the half-trailing hours chain: every 60 seconds, the chain turns in three to four seconds, in a controlled and smooth manner that effectively avoids shocks and energy losses, while allowing time to admire the beauty of the movement and the 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 relates to the contribution of the movement’s two barrels.
The second barrel, devoted exclusively to driving the complication, is continually rearmed by the main barrel, so as to ensure optimal energy with each hours change. This twin-barrel system makes it possible to power complex mechanisms independently and without influencing the timekeeping precision of the watch.
Model: VORTEX Gamma
Hours, retrograde minutes and power-reserve indicator
HAUTLENCE HL2.0 in-house calibre, including the going train and automatic winding system
Half-trailing hours displayed by a chain, retrograde minutes, bi-axial tourbillon
2 barrels: one going train barrel (power reserve for the entire watch calibre including power for the second complication barrel); and a complication barrel
Hours displayed by a 12-link chain hinged on a pallet system. The speed regulator ensures that the hour display changes in a controlled and jerk-free manner in 3-4 seconds instead of instantly. It completes 48 revolutions at each hour change. Hour system activated by a one-revolution mechanism mainly composed of a connecting rod and a rack.
Mobile bridge-type calibre comprising the regulating organ and rotating through 60° at each change of hour.
Movement kinematics featuring 90° changes of direction by means of special bevelled gears.
Automatic calibre with oscillating weight in 18-carat white gold-
This innovative calibre is protected by three HAUTLENCE patents
Movement dimensions: 37.8 x 33.2 x 12.35 mm
Production technology: multi-axis micro-machining, wire EDM, LIGA photolithography
Number of components: 482
Power reserve: 40 hours
Regulating organ: 21,600 vibrations/hour
Number of jewels: 92
Finishing: fine-watchmaking type (satin-brushed, hand-drawn, hand-bevelled, anthracite ruthenium coating and mirror-polished steel elements
Identification and numbering plate: HLR2.3 X/8
Case: HL light colour yellow and black; Black and Yellow; Black and Red
Horns: grade 5 titanium, screw-in
Crown: grade 5 titanium, satin-brushed, polished with micro-machined HAUTLENCE logo; for the black versions with a black DLC coating
Glass: 6 three-dimensional sapphire crystals, scratch-resistant, produced by multi-axis grinding
Finish: bead-blasted orfollowing execution combining brushed, polished and bead-blasted
Horn and case-back screws: grade 5 titanium with black DLC coating
Dimensions: 52 x 50 x 18 mm
Upper sapphire dial face: white, black and yellow transfer;
Minutes hand: galvanic rhodium-plated coasting with white Super-LumiNova® tip
Power-reserve hand: stainless steel with red varnished indicator
Black Louisiana alligator leather, padded, rubberised, large square scales, yellow top-stiching, rolled-edge, hand-sewn; Black rubber with yellow varnish
Spring bars for strap changes and screwdriver
Folding clasp: grade 2 titanium with black DLC-coated plate and yellow varnished logo
Water resistance 3 ATM
CHF 170,000.- (Including Swiss VAT)