Hautlence is known for doing things a little differently. The Swiss brand constantly challenges the concept of time-keeping, going to places few have reached in terms of shape, display, and mechanics.
They’ve even created “watches” that aren’t even timepieces but mini games like pinball which operate on the mechanics of watchmaking with their Playground collection. Such is their dedication to the world of haute horlogerie. While we’ve known for a while now that Hautlence has a tendency to go quite mad with colours, it’s now taken that USP a notch higher with the new Vortex Gamma.
Like timepieces from other brands, the new Vortex Gamma allows you to engrave personalised messages at the back of its sapphire covering. But it’s the case that sets it apart here; instead of the usual choice of metal, you can now choose any two colours from the Pantone chart to make yours truly one-of-a-kind. This is because the emblematic rectangular case that houses the faceted three-dimensional sapphire crystal glass is now made from a new material that’s borrowed from the aerospace and automotive world: HLLightColor.
Which is just as well, because customisation seems to be a “compulsory option” for anything that’s extravagantly priced these days, from superyachts to supercars. Now, you can even match your watch to your other expensive toys. Own a yellow Aventador with black wheels? Your Gamma Vortex can be made in the exact same shade of yellow with black accents.
Before you dismiss this as a gimmicky plastic-looking case, Hautlence wants you to know that it has the same properties as those of a conventional watch industry metal, while being four times lighter than the mighty titanium. The Gamma Vortex is a hefty timepiece at 52mm, but the complexity within makes up for it.
A vertically-built HL2.0 tourbillon calibre powers the unusual display, which retains the iconic rotating chain for jumping hours and a retrograde minute hand. The latter controls the motion of the entire movement, actuating the jump of the hour and the motion of the chain whenever the hand reaches 60 and jumps back to 0.
As with many Hautlence pieces, the Gamma Vortex will be a rare sight with only eight pieces available worldwide, and each are open to the customisation of your dreams — if you have about S$238,000 to spare.
(All images: Hautlence)