HAUTLENCE Unveils The HL Vagabonde Tourbillon

Press Release – SIHH 2019

HAUTLENCE Unveils The HL Vagabonde Tourbillon

The dial of the HL Vagabonde Tourbillon features a central disc, three satellites, and a one-minute flying tourbillon at 6 o'clock. As they perform their fascinating waltz, the three discs which gravitate around the central minute wheel reveal the hours, while the tourbillon, equipped with a double hairspring, performs its own dance. This creation is driven by a new self-winding calibre, the HTL 405-1, developed from the HMC 804 movement created by H. Moser & Cie., HAUTLENCE's sister company.

At the heart of an intense blue dial, four discs are set on different levels, their eternal dance illustrating the passage of time. The central disc, made from sapphire adorned with HAUTLENCE's signature HONEYCOMB pattern, displays the minutes in a 240° sector, allowing these to be read with great accuracy. Orbiting around this central point, and spread out across the dial in perfect harmony, are three smaller skeleton discs, openworked to allow the hour numerals to be seen once they come into the correct alignment. The font used for the hours has been chosen to resemble digital numerals made mechanical. This move is typically HAUTLENCE; the brand simply loves to confound expectations.

If there is one world in which the details are anything but, it is Haute Horlogerie. HAUTLENCE knows this, and pays special attention to the tiny things that make all the difference. Both the sapphire disc and the openworked hour discs took great technical skill and precision to manufacture and to finish. The entire base dial, made from blue PVD, has been microblasted. The satellite discs have a sunray finish, while the central disc features an anti-reflective coating on both sides and a filigree HONEYCOMB pattern. The tourbillon bridge is skeletonised, offering an unobstructed view of the flying tourbillon and its double hairspring.
 

HAUTLENCE HL Vagabonde Tourbillon

For the HL Vagabonde Tourbillon model, HAUTLENCE has paired deep blue with 5N red gold, creating a combination which exudes a rare elegance. The case of the HL Vagabonde Tourbillon, adopting the TV screen shape favoured by the Neuchâtel brand, is made from 5N red gold, as are the bezel and fluted crown, engraved with the HAUTLENCE logo. The hour and minute numerals feature 5N varnish. Highlighting the minute display sector, a thin 5N transfer line contours the disc.

Driving the rotation of the discs, the bidirectional self-winding HTL 405-1 movement guarantees a minimum power reserve of 3 days. This manufacture calibre is equipped with a one-minute flying tourbillon with a double hairspring, all of which have been manufactured in-house by Precision Engineering AG, HAUTLENCE's sister company.
 

HAUTLENCE HL Vagabonde Tourbillon

The result is a very fine HAUTLENCE piece equipped with a high-flying automatic tourbillon movement, and a complication which is both enchanting and cutting-edge.