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Hautlence
 
WMR - January 2019

Editor's Pick

WATCH HAUTLENCE

HL NEWTON – playing with time!  

One of the things that we have come to expect from watches is that they always tell the time. However, HAUTLENCE is a brand that has somehow turned this ‘expectation’ around. Watch lovers will recall the Playground series that were mechanical marvels to be strapped onto the wrists, but they did not tell the time! Of course, one could play a wrist game and get lost in time. Is that not a completely new definition and interpretation of time?

This is why we are excited about the new offering by the Neucha^tel brand. This time round, it is a new caliber. With the HL Newton model, HAUTLENCE plays another fascinating game with time. Well, this is a watch that indicates time only when required! The rest of the time, the wearer can simply forget about time!

In short, this is a very creative reworking of the jumping hour mechanism that introduces a new time display principle. Using a system based on gravitational force, the HL Newton indicates the time only when required. The watch enters mechanical standby mode whenever the wearer does not want to look at the time. When the wrist is in a random position, the time is not visible and the minute track is out of phase with the minute hand's travel. Sounds familiar? Well, this is HAUTLENCE's mechanical version of the sleep mode!

Getting to the aesthetics of this piece is equally fascinating. One can easily recognise the TV screen shape that has almost become like a trademark for HAUTLENCE! The case, made from titanium, has been specially reworked in order to reinterpret the brand’s signature codes. The case is thus slightly enlarged. Moreover, it has wider opening on the dial to showcase the complication while preserving the harmonious proportions. The fluted crown is made from titanium and bears the engraved HAUTLENCE logo. The opaline base dial is equipped with silvered inserts engraved with the brand's characteristic honeycomb pattern, which adds a second layer to the dial. An alligator leather strap with full square scales in the same shade of blue as the mobile window adds the finishing touch.

This new HAUTLENCE watch, issued in a limited edition of 28 pieces, features a brand-new take on the jumping hour. This is exactly what we expect from the brand! A new take on time is always welcome!

HL NEWTON – playing with time!