Taking its name and inspiration from Steven Lisberger’s 1982 cult film TRON, the HAUTLENCE Vortex Gamma Tron is made with a revolutionary composite material hailing from the automotive and aerospace industry: HLLightColor.
Charged with ceramic nanotube particles, HLLightColor can be body tinted rather than coated with colour. It can also be made phosphorescent, something which immediately appealed to HAUTLENCE, with the brand using it to accentuate the architectural lines of the case and further underline the references to the graphic universe of science-fiction classic TRON.
This highly stylised graphic universe, which employs a range of visual effects, inspired the lines of the Vortex Gamma Tron case, composed of six 3D sapphire crystals.
Playing with the contrasts of colours — white for the case and blue for its edges — and light, with the outlines of its edges glowing in the dark, HAUTLENCE pays tribute to the iconic style of TRON.
The Vortex Gamma Tron undergoes a metamorphosis when the light fades, including the brand’s Möbius symbol which also glows at the centre of the dial, turning on itself with each new hour.
The retrograde minute dial, varnished white and adorned with azure numerals, offers a large window onto the HL2.0 self-winding calibre which drives the HAUTLENCE Vortex Gamma Tron watch. Each of the 12 articulated links in the jumping hour chain features one of 12 white numerals.
The feature at the heart of the movement, the chain turns every 60 minutes, taking 3-4 seconds to move gently, with control, to avoid any shocks or loss of energy, whilst leaving enough time to admire the beauty of the movement and its mechanisms in action. The regulating organ is integrated into the mobile bridge-type calibre, with the change in position actuated by the display improving accuracy by statistically offsetting the effects of gravity.
The calibre HL2.0 has two barrels. The second barrel, dedicated exclusively to driving the complication, is continually reset by the main barrel, so that the optimal level of energy is available each time the hour changes. This double barrel system ensures the complex mechanisms are supplied independently, without affecting the watch’s ability to keep accurate time.
For the Vortex Gamma Tron strap, HAUTLENCE has opted for a high-tech loose-knit fabric, in white with blue top-stitching to match the colour codes of this model.
Model: HAUTLENCE VORTEX Gamma Tron
Hours, retrograde minutes and power reserve indicator
HAUTLENCE HL2.0 in-house calibre including gear train and automatic winding system
Jumping hour displayed by a chain, retrograde minutes, mobile bridge-type calibre
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 hours display changes smoothly over a period of 3-4 seconds. It completes 48 revolutions at each hour change. Hours 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 3 HAUTLENCE patents.
Movement dimensions: 37.8 x 33.2 x 12.35 mm
Manufacturing technology: Multi-axis micro-machining, wire EDM. LIGA photolithography
Number of components: 482
Power reserve: 40 hours
Regulating organ: 18,000 vibrations per hour
Number of jewels: 92
Finishing: Fine-watchmaking type (satin-brushed, hand-drawn, hand-bevelled, charcoal grey ruthenium coating and mirror-polished steel elements)
Identification and numbering plate: HLR2.1 x/8
Material: White and blue HLLightColor
Crown: Grade 5 titanium, satin-finished, polished with micro-machined HAUTLENCE logo; black DLC coating
Glass: 6 three-dimensional sapphire crystals, scratch-resistant, produced by multi-axis grinding
Horn and case back screws: Grade 5 titanium with black DLC coating
Case dimensions: 52 x 50 x 18 mm
Water resistance: 3 ATM
Upper sapphire dial face: White and blue transfer
Minute hand: Black rhodium-plated
Power reserve hand: Steel with red varnished indicator
White high-tech fabric with blue topstitching, hand-sewn rolled-edge
Spring bars for strap changes and screwdriver
Folding clasp: Grade 2 titanium with titanium plate with black DLC coating and white varnished logo
170,000 CHF – including tax