Reconnecting with its original identity by going back to basics, HAUTLENCE is offering an innovative way to display the time. Following on from the jumping hour disc and the half-trailing hour chain, the hours now jump on a three dimensional spinning sphere on the model aptly named Sphere Series 1.
Magnificently showcased by a sapphire crystal with a small dome, a blue sphere occupies the left-hand portion of the case, attracting everyone's attention. This sphere, adorned with engraved numerals, defies expectations by spinning on multiple axes, revealing the current hour in a hypnotic dance. It may seem random at first, but this mesmerizing performance follows a strict choreography orchestrated by four conical gears and two crossed spindles with a rebellious 21-degree tilt. Encased in polished titanium treated with a cool blue PVD finish, this avant-garde mechanism forms a stunning sphere.
To the right of the sphere is a retrograde minute display with a hand that travels along a fine and elegant minute track that opens onto the movement and partly reveals the balance. This aperture brings the gear train into view, which slows down the course of the minute hand when it returns to zero, regulating its speed so as to reduce impact forces. The minute track and the applied three dimensional minute numerals, made in Globolight®, are fixed to an intermediary sapphire crystal dial that adds to the piece's transparency.
The steel case of the Sphere Series 1 adopts HAUTLENCE's signature TV screen shape, in a reworked aesthetics. With its balanced proportions, it sits perfectly on the wrist. A blue rubber strap adds the final touch to the piece.
Beating at the heart of the Sphere Series 1, the inhouse hand-wound represents the pinnacle of HAUTLENCE’s technical and aesthetic mastery. Meticulously developed, designed, and manufactured by HAUTLENCE, this movement ensures an impressive 72-hour power reserve, keeping you on time and in style.
With the Sphere Series 1, HAUTLENCE embarks on a groundbreaking chapter in its history and confirming its trailblazer in the realm of the independent fine watchmaking. Limited to 28 pieces, the Sphere Series 1 retails for CHF 66,000.