Independent watchmaking brand Hautlence has been at the forefront of cutting-edge technological innovation and design since it was founded in 2004. With the brand’s newest offering, the HL Vagabonde, unveiled during Baselworld 2018, Hautlence has given traditional time-telling a new spin.
Hautlence HL Vagabonde
The black dial of the HL Vagabonde is made up of 4 discs, 3 of which are open-worked and display the hours. The fourth disc, carved from sapphire, bears the Hautlence signature honeycomb pattern and displays the minutes along a 240˚ arc.
In a mesmerizing mechanical feat, inspired by orbiting satellites, the 3 open-worked hour discs revolve around the minute disc, ensuring that the time is accurately displayed when the hour numerals come into the correctly aligned position.
As with every Hautlence timepiece, the HL Vagabonde demonstrates the very highest levels of precision and perfection in haute horlogerie, with every small detail receiving paramount importance. Hautlence’s iconic ‘TV screen’ shaped case has been optimized, with a wider opening on the dial, to showcase the orbiting discs in their entirety, while still sitting comfortably on the wrist.
Classic, with an edge
The HL Vagabonde is available in two distinct models, the HL Vagabonde 01 and the HL Vagabonde 02, each powered by the automatic calibre HTL 205-I movement, which is an adaptation of the HMC200 movement originally developed by H. Moser & Cie, Hautlence’s sister concern.
Both models are crafted from titanium, and the HL Vagabonde 01 features the classic monochrome combination of black, grey and white, with a white line around the minute display disc. The HL Vagabonde 02 is a slightly more sporty model, with orange accents on the black dial and orange top-stitching on the black alligator leather strap. The HL Vagabonde 01 also has the same black alligator leather strap with black top-stitching.
Defying the norms of traditional aesthetics, it is a watch for the true connoisseur, someone able to appreciate the inspirations behind and execution of Hautlence’s boundary-stretching approach to time-telling.
HOT Verdict: Another example of Hautlence challenging boundaries and stepping away from traditional horological sensibilities.