When you bring together the innovative genius of a cutting edge independent brand like Hautlence, and the veritable cult status of the 1982 blockbuster, TRON, an electrifying outcome should come as no surprise! The Vortex Gamma TRON is a revolutionary piece of horological architecture in a strikingly new-age avatar.
Hautlence Vortex Gamma TRON
Known, since its launch in 2004 for defying the norms of traditional watchmaking, the cutting edge Carré des Horloger, Hautlence has drawn inspiration from the world of Sci-Fi with its newest offering. Playing with both colour and light, the Vortex Gamma TRON is a fitting tribute to the luminescent blue circuitry depicted in the film from which the watch gets its name.
Crafted from a revolutionary material, HLLightColour, charged with ceramic nanotube particles which is used in the automotive and aerospace industry, the Hautlence Vortex Gamma TRON is a technical and architectural powerhouse of horological skill. The exceptionally lightweight HLLightColour is unique in its ability to not only be body-tinted instead of covered in colour, but also to be made phosphorescent. It is this novel quality that the exceptional watchmaker has made use of in its homage to TRON.
Reminiscent of the stylized graphics in the film, the outline of the Vortex Gamma TRON glow a phosphorescent blue in the dark. It is fascinating to witness the transformation that this timepiece undergoes when the lights go off. Even the brand’s Möbius symbol in the centre of the dial glows blue and turns on itself with the passing of every hour. In direct contrast, the case, which is composed of 6 3-D sapphire crystals is white, as is the strap, which comes in high-tech, loose-knit fabric with blue stitch detailing to match the blue outline of the case.
The Vortex Gamma TRON contains the brand’s own HL2.0 self-winding calibre, which is displayed through the large retrograde minute dial which is white with blue numerals. The calibre has two barrels, and the second, which drives the complication is reset continuously by the main barrel, which ensures that the optimum level of energy is maintained each time the hour changes. The jumping hour chain with articulated links features 12 white numerals and turns every 60 minutes, over 3-4 seconds and avoiding any shocks or energy loss. The slow movement of the chain also allows the beauty and skill of the workmanship to be properly appreciated by connoisseurs and watch enthusiasts alike.
The case also includes a power reserve with a steel hand, highlighted by a red-enameled indicator.
As an added incentive for watch aficionados, HLLIghtColour can be custom-coloured, so Hautlence customers have the option to create their own bespoke version of this timepiece by selecting any combination of colours. Fans of Hautlence’s edgy designs and boundary-defying technological skill, as well as sci-fi enthusiasts will definitely find much to talk about and enjoy with the Vortex Gamma TRON.