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Monday, June 25, 2012

Less is more: Hautlence Rose Gold HLC 06

Two years ago the first models in the HLc line, were launched by Hautlence. Now they have just released an  elegant  rounded  version,  limited  as usual to just 88 numbered  pieces.

Founded  in  2004,  Hautlence – an anagram of Neuchatel – has  been  praised  by  watch  collectors  and  aficionados from across the world for bringing a new dynamism to watchmaking.  

Rose Gold HLc06

Less is more

The  rose  gold  HLc06,  inspired  by  minimalist  art  and  the  famed  maxim  of  architect Mies van der Rohe: "less is more", is stripped of all excesses and features an opaline chocolate dial in an 18-carat rose gold case measuring 41mm in diameter. 

The HL, the in-house movement, has been specially rebuilt around the jumping hour and retrograde minute. Using the theme of circles right  down  to  the sectors  on  the  minute  display  arc,  the  repetition of the circles represents infinity. 

Both the front and back have sapphire crystal with angled edges and multi-layered anti-reflective treatment. The crown is thoughtfully positioned at the 40-minute position (or usually the 4 o’clock position), to avoid discomfort. 

 Jump hour disc

The hours are positioned on the left of the dial, visible through a jump hour disc which reveal the hour instantaneously at the top of the hour. 

The minutes are read from the retrograde minute hand, which travels 180 degrees before instantly returning to its starting point on the hour. Simply ingenious, and delightful to observe. 

The mechanism is driven from the crown which is found at the 40-minute position. 

In-house calibre

The movement is the third Hautlence in-house calibre; a hand-wound mechanical movement with Côtes de Genève decoration and hand beveled bridges. The fully wound movement has a 40 hour power reserve.

Makassar ebony presentation box

The watch comes on a hand-sewn alligator strap and is presented in a Makassar ebony wooden box including a number of extra luxury goodies such as a watchmaker’s magnifying glass – known as a loupe, a special identification number plate and a travel box.

Expect no change from US$59,250 for the HLc06 with pin buckle or US$62,300 with the folding clasp (inclusive of Swiss tax).


Model: HLc06 – rose gold
HAUTLENCE HLc06 in-house movement. Jumping hour, retrograde minute. Manual winding mechanical movement.
Display:  Jumping hours, retrograde minutes.

Calibre: Movement description : Jumping hours, retrograde minutes with connecting rods system.
Number of components : 207
Power reserve: 40h
Regulation organ : 21’600 vibrations/hour
Number of jewels: 24 
Finishing : Traditional “Côtes de Genève” and hand angled bridges

Case:18-karat rose 4N gold 

Finishing: polished 
Screwed lugs: 18-carat 4N rose gold 
Dimension: diameter : 41mm / thickness : 9 mm
Glass: sapphire crystal with angled edges, multi layer anti reflecting treatment.
Back: screwed sapphire case back with stamps and officials engraving: “HAUTLENCE” and “Horlogerie Suisse”.

Crown: Polished with HAUTLENCE logo: 18-karat 4N rose gold. 
Identification and numbering plate : HLC 06 – 01/88

Dial: Base dial brown opalin with HAUTLENCE’s logo hand applied. Skeleton micro-machined hours & minutes dials, 4N gold. Jumping hour disc, semi-transparent: metallisation made by a vapour deposition process to generate the concentric bands. Hands, laser-cut profile and polished 4N gold with superluminova arrow  Connecting rods, hand angled and linear fine brushed and 4N gold plated.

Strap:  Brown hand sewn genuine Louisiana alligator strap with square scales.
Interchangeability lugs. Buckle: pin or folding buckle, 18-karat 4N rose gold.

Water resistance: 30 metres (3ATM)

Limited Edition:  88 pieces

Packaging: Makassar ebony wood box containing :  
Identification and numbering plate
Special leather travel box
Watchmakers magnifying glass
Instruction booklet
Warranty card (3 years)  

Price: Pin buckle: US$59,250 Folding buckle: US$62,300 (including tax)

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