Friday, January 27, 2017

HAUTLENCE VORTEX BRONZE

HAUTLENCE unveils its fourth variant of the VORTEX model: VORTEX BRONZE.

VORTEX is the second HAUTLENCE model under the Concepts d’Exception collection and has made quite an impression through the combination of avant-garde watchmaking techniques and its futuristic design. It features a self-winding HL2.0 mechanical calibre with half-trailing hours displayed by a chain, retrograde minutes and a power-reserve indicator. The cage of the regulating organ rotates 60 degrees every 60 minutes, turning on itself to avoid any lack of precision due to the effects of gravity. The revolutionary timepiece features three patents. The masterpiece of mechanical work is visible through the openwork design of the case, showcasing six futuristic sapphire crystals inspired by the architecture of the piece.
The innovative titanium-cased VORTEX model was the first of what is now a true collection. Following the red gold VORTEX 02 and VORTEX PRIMARY, a stained-glass window cathedral with three-dimensional windows straight from Eric Cantona’s mind, the brand has created VORTEX BRONZE which is available in a limited edition of 8 pieces.

Technical details
Model: VORTEX BRONZE

Display
Hours, retrograde minutes and power-reserve indicator

Movement
HAUTLENCE HL2.0 in-house calibre including gear train and automatic winding system
Half-trailing hours 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 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 3 HAUTLENCE patents
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/hour
Number of jewels 92
Finishing: fine-watchmaking type (satin-brushed, hand-drawn, hand-bevelled, black rhodium-plated coating and mirror-polished steel elements)
Identification and numbering plate: HLR2.3 X/8

Case
Bronze
Horns: Bronze, screwed in
Crown: Grade 5 titanium, polished with micro-machined HAUTLENCE logo
Glass: 6 three-dimensional sapphire crystals, scratch-resistant, produced by multi-axis grinding
Alternating finishes: sand-blasting, satin-brushing and hand polishing
Horn and case-back screws: Grade 5 titanium
Dimensions: 52 x 50 x 17.8 mm
Weight: 75 grams
Water-resistance: 3 ATM

Dial
Upper sapphire dial face: white Superluminova® minutes and white hour-marker stickers
Lower sapphire dial face: black sticker
Hour indices: metal underplate with black galvanic rhodium-plated coating hour numerals in white Super-Lumi-Nova®
Minute hand: galvanic rhodium-plated coating with white Superluminova® tip
Power reserve hand: galvanic rhodium-plated coating with red varnished indicator

Strap
Black hand-sewn rolled-edge, rubberised padded Louisiana alligator leather, large square scales
Brown Zora calfskin
Black rubber
Spring bars for strap changes and screwdriver
Folding clasp: grade 2 titanium with satin-finish steel plate

Edition
Limited edition of 8 timepieces

Retail Price
CHF 170’000.-

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