Hautlence

VORTEX 02

18K red gold
Limited Edition

An out-of-this-world time machine, tumbling the ticking escapement in space, while the hours seamlessly crawl down the side, like a miniature tank track. An astounding glimpse into the future of haute horlogerie.

Immediately available

Limited Edition of 8 pieces

€ 166,667

Price is exclusive of VAT. VAT and delivery charge will be applied at checkout, if applicable.
You will be responsible for all other taxes and charges to receive your order depending on the delivery destination.


  • Inspiration
  • Tech Spec
  • Style Guide
  • In the Know
  • Info & Delivery

Inspiration

Overview

A new, red-gold limited edition of the second of Hautlence’s mind-blowing “Concept d’Exception” horological experiments, the VORTEX 2.0 is much more than simply a wristwatch; it is a literal showcase of the brand’s extraordinary talents, its regulating organ tumbling 360º every 6 hours within a light-drenched geometric structure, glazed by six sapphire-crystal facets. 

The in-house mechanical automatic movement, calibre HLR2.0, is protected by three Hautlence patents, just like the first Concept d’Exception, the HL2.0. The first patent pertains to the 12-link chain of the half-trailing hours, which smoothly turns in 3 to 4 seconds every 60 minutes to display the hour. The second patent relates to the regulating organ integrated into the mobile bridge, its radial movement translated from the 2D powertrain of the movement by a huge bevel. 

Inspiration

The idea behind the watch is to improve the ergonomics of Hautlence’s first Conception d’Exception by rotating things 90º to lie across the wrist, while remaining true to the brand’s design codes with its multi-level display, play on transparency, and nonconformist case geometry inspired by post-modern architecture and deconstructivism.

Tech Spec

Case

  • Material: 18K red gold 
  • 6 three-dimensional sapphire crystals, scratch-resistant, produced by multi-axis grinding 
  • Dimensions: 52 x 50 x 17.8 mm

Movement

  • In-house HLR2.2 X/8
  • Mobile bridge-type calibre comprising the regulating organ and rotating through 60° at each change of hour
  • Self-winding
  • Dimensions: 37.8 x 33.2 x 12.35 mm
  • Number of components: 482
  • Power reserve: 40 hours
  • Regulating organ: 18,000 vibrations/hour 

Functions & Indications

  • Displays: Hours, retrograde minutes and power-reserve indicator 
  • Upper sapphire dial face: Minutes in white Super-LumiNova® 
  • Applied plates for the hours and minutes zones with red gold galvanic coating; openings onto the hours and the power reserve

Notes

  • Water resistance: 30 metres/3 ATM 
  • Black hand-sewn rolled-edge, rubberised padded Louisiana alligator leather strap, large square scales 
  • Black rubber strap 
  • Interchangeability spring bar and screwdriver 
  • Folding clasp: titanium with satin-finish plate

Style Guide

In The Know

“The result is a very different-looking watch with quite a different-looking, but as interesting as ever, movement. This isn’t watchmaking, it’s performance theater!” Quill & Pad

“Though the dimensions are impressive – 52mm x 50mm x 17.8mm – the Vortex feels more comfortable and easier to wear. Bold, unique, complicated, technical, unusual and sometimes not made to everyone’s taste; in other words: independent watchmaking at its best and without any compromises.” Monochrome

“With a case like that, you need something pretty special going on inside. Luckily, the Vortex doesn’t disappoint. Designed in conjunction with Parisian studio BBDC (Berra Blanquer Design Consultants), this is both extremely captivating playfulness and an aid to precision timekeeping.” QP

Info & Delivery

Warranty

Three year warranty from date of delivery

Three extra years offered by joining the Owner's Club

After-care

Pieces should be returned to Hautlence, Rue Numa-Droz 150, CH-2300 La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. Please contact Hautlence for the process to return the piece

  • Watches with issues covered under the warranty: Hautlence shall bear the costs of shipping and service 
  • Watches with issues out-of-warranty: shipping costs are born by the client, service costs will be charged to the client after acceptance of the quote 

Turnaround: about six weeks from the date of receipt of the watch or from the date of acceptance of the quote by the client, where required. Watch to be returned to client upon receipt of full payment only, where required.

Delivery

Shipping charge: complimentary by Hautlence

Non-contractual delivery time:

  • Europe: about 6 to 9 working days upon receipt of payment, excluding any custom clearance delay 
  • US: about 6 to 9 working days upon receipt of payment, excluding any custom clearance delay 

The brand reserves the right not to deliver to countries outside of the European Union and the United States

Return & Exchange

No return, no exchange

Our priority is customer satisfaction, therefore please do not hesitate to contact SKOLORR to discuss

Packaging

Box and Leather Travel Box