Hautlence : Avant-garde transparency

Avant-Garde HLRS 02

Movement : mechanical hand-wound proprietary Hautlence calibre Case : steel and titanium, beadblasted, linear satin-brushed and polished Dimensions : 46 x 42 mm  Functions : jumping hours, retrograde minutes, dragging seconds Dials : upper dial in sapphire crystal, silver-toned opaline under-dial, mineral glass hour disc, luminescent-coated blue hour-markers and numerals Caseback : sapphire Strap : blue and brown rubber

An innovative brand that has become instantly recognisable thanks to its original approach to displaying the time – with jumping hours and retrograde minutes thanks to an exclusive connecting-rod system – Hautlence reinterprets its identity codes in an ethereal, almost weightless construction. The new Avant-Garde collection offers a splendid play on transparency effects and various levels, notably thanks to a sapphire crystal topping the under-dial. The outer side bears the brand logo as well as the luminescent minute markers and numerals, while the inner side carries metallised outline markings, and a semi-opaque zone above the hour disc. A sleek steel and titanium case houses the mechanical hand-wound proprietary Hautlence movement, distinguished, as usual, by hand bevelling and straight-grained surfaces. For its launch, the collection is issued in three models featuring a variety of colours and finishes.


Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.

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