Swiss luxury watch brand HAUTLENCE presents Linear Series 2, an evolution of the Linear Series 1.
Launched at the Watches & Wonders 2023 Geneva trade fair, the Linear Series 2 comes with a redesigned case with a black PVD coating that offers a stunning contrast with the coloured elements of the movement, as well as a new calibre and a unique time reading display.
Following on from the jumping hour disc, the half-trailing hour chain and the jumping hour that spins on a sphere, the avant-garde brand now presents a linear retrograde jumping hour.
On the left of the Linear Series 2’s dial, a graduated scale resembling those used on precision measuring instruments indicates the hours using a linkage. This large, very slim linkage recalls the one used in the first movement developed by HAUTLENCE in 2004: the calibre HL.
The small white pointer on its end indicates the hour on the vertical scale. Once the 12 numeral is passed, the snail disengages the probe to release the accumulated energy. The linkage then jumps and returns to the 1 numeral.
In addition to the linear retrograde jumping hour, the Linear Series 2 is equipped with a flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock, whose balletic movement can be admired behind its blue skeletonised bridge.
The deep black graduated scale echoes the intense black of the steel case on the Linear Series 2, which is entirely covered with PVD to contrast with the linkage, the tourbillon bridge and the minute hand in blue.
The redesigned, ultra-durable case offers water resistance to 10 ATM. Relief forms on the sides add volume and dynamism to HAUTLENCE’s signature TV screen shape, but with a modernised aesthetic. The notched bezel, which is also covered with PVD, features a black rubber band that echoes the strap.
As always at HAUTLENCE, the dial is constructed on several levels. An additional sapphire dial featuring the minute numerals sits on top of the base dial with a vertical satin finish. The main dial is partially open to allow parts of the movement to be seen.
One component visible through the opening is the minute cam. This is integral with the minute hand, which rotates once per hour and lifts the minute sector as the hour elapses. After 60 minutes, the minute sector falls back, driving the hour star which includes the hour cam.
Inside each HAUTLENCE Linear Series 2 watch beats the calibre D50. This self-winding movement has been entirely developed, designed and produced in-house, bringing the number of HAUTLENCE manufacture movements to eight.
Equipped with a module created in collaboration with Agenhor, it comprises 239 components, oscillates at a frequency of 3 hertz and offers a power reserve of 72 hours. The finely chased oscillating weight recalls the brand’s famous Moebius movement.
Model: HAUTLENCE Linear Series 2, Reference AD50-ST01
Calibre D50, self-winding mechanical movement
Linear retrograde jumping hour and 1 minute flying tourbillon
Power reserve: Minimum of 72 hours
Regulating organ: 21,600 vibrations per hour
Number of components: 239
Number of jewels: 39
Case middle and horns: Satin-finished and polished steel with black PVD coating
Bezel: Satin-finished and polished steel with black PVD coating
Crown: Polished steel with black PVD coating and black rubber ring; engraved HAUTLENCE logo Glass: extra-hard bevelled sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
Back: Sapphire crystal engraved with “HAUTLENCE”, “10 ATM WATER RESISTANT”, “Horlogerie Suisse”
Dimensions: 43.0 x 50.8 x 11.9 mm/10.9 mm excluding sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 10 ATM
Base dial: Skeletonised rhodium-plated brass with vertical satin finish
Engraved minute track
Intermediate dial: Sapphire with printed minute track in white.
Clasp: Steel with black PVD coating
Limited edition of 28 pieces