Last January during the GTE in Geneva, Hautlence showed the prototype of their new timepiece the HLRQ-01. We reported about the Hautlence presentation HERE.
But the official launch of the new model is finally this week and will take place, during the SIAR Haute Horlogerie fair, that will be held from Tuesday October 2nd. 2012 – Thursday October 4th. 2012, in Hotel Four Seasons in México City. The Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie will present the ‘Mastery of Time’ for the sixth edition.
The SIAR is the most important show in Latin America for exhibiting, promoting and selling fine timepieces in the region, where over 50 brands showcase their new products.
The HLRQ-01 is the first model from a series of three new models, in a round case and follows the launch of the HLQ line in 2009 and the HLQ Classic line in 2011.
Personally I think it is a good decision that Hautlence releases a new major piece in a round case, since a round case after all is a shape that is easier and more accepted, than any other style case.
From a visual point of view, the 44mm case looks absolute cool with its high tech dial. The look into the layered dial is magnificent and the hour and minute indications are very clear and easy to read.
Hautlence has its own workshop in the heart of the Swiss watchmaking metropolis, La Chaux-de-Fonds, and develops all movements in-house, (with the exception of the new entry model, the ‘Destination’). So also this movement of the new mechanical HLRQ01 is entirely ‘in house’ build. The caliber with jumping hours and retrograde minutes, has 255 components, a power reserve of 40 hours and a water resistance of 30 meters (3ATM) The back of the case is sapphire and gives a nice look on the individual numbered movement and hand finished “Côte de Genève” and hand angled bridges.
Distinguished by its ultra-modern appearance, which makes it much more of a lifestyle model, the HLRQ has a bolder and more robust style than its predecessors. The 44 mm round case, made from steel with- or without a black and titanium DLC coating, is more imposing thanks to its larger horns. The sapphire dial – designed by the brand – lends transparency and depth, revealing the in-house mechanical hand-wound movement with its jumping hours and retrograde minutes (thanks to the famous HAUTLENCE connecting rods system) . The impression of weightlessness is further enhanced, by the overlapping discs which created a stepped effect.
AVANT-GARDE – HLRQ01
Case middle and back : black DLC-coated titanium, circular fine-brushed, bezel, horns and push-button : 18-carat 4N pink gold, crown : polished 18-carat 4N pink gold with engraved HAUTLENCE logo. Strap : black hand-sewn genuine Louisiana alligator leather with square scales, interchangeability spring bar. Folding clasp or pin buckle : grade 2 titanium base and polished 18-carat 5N red gold plate.
AVANT-GARDE – HLRQ02
Case in steel and titanium, sapphire dial. Alligator strap with titanium folding or pin buckle.
AVANT-GARDE – HLRQ03
Case in titanium and steel covered by black DLC, sapphire dial. Alligator strap with titanium folding or pin buckle.
The HL RQ01 is a strong addition to the collection and the future looks bright for Hautlence.
Hautlence is since last year entirely owned by Georges-Henri Meylan’s family holding company and led by Bill Muirhead. Both gentlemen are ex- CEO’s of Audemars Piguet.
MELB Holding SA acquired HAUTLENCE with very clear objectives in mind: to revitalise and redevelop the brand. The shareholders’ knowledge of watchmaking culture, their experience and network, combined with the intensive work carried out by Guillaume Tetu, Co-Founder and CEO of the brand and his team, ensured that a clear strategy could be quickly defined and a medium-term vision put in place.
Have a look at this VIDEO where Guillaume Tetu, CEO and co-founder of Haulence, explains the origins of Hautlence’s watch design, which is rooted in an innovative way of displaying the time.