The following two lots, 206 and 207, are fine examples of innovative timepieces signed by Hautlence.
Hautlence was founded by the three friends, Renaud de Retz, Guillaume Tetu and François Quentin, the name an anagram of the Swiss town Neuchâtel where the brand is located.
The watches are fitted with a manual winding regulator movement developed by the Hautlence College, the dimensions of the large and slightly domed cases represent the 16:9 ratio of a television screen, measuring 43.5 mm. in length, 37 mm. in height and a thickness of 10.5 mm. Most notably are the innovative mechanics of the watch, consisting of an unusual array of rods driving the hour disc. The uncommon time is read on a double device consisting of a jumping hour display and retrograde minutes. The intriguing rods, reminiscent of past trains, are driving the jumping hour disc. As soon as the minute hand reaches 60, a device activated by a central cam provokes the end of the rod to arm a small spring with an inertia block which, in turn, drives the rotation of the hour disc.
Distinguished by their classical yet contemporary look and their exceedingly small production numbers, watches signed Hautlence enjoy great popularity amongst collectors.
SIGNED HAUTLENCE, HORLOGERIE SUISSE, REF. HLS04, NO. 14/88, CIRCA 2008
Hautlence. A large, rare and unusual 18K grey gold and black DLC-coated stainless steel limited edition cushion-shaped partly skeletonized jump hour wristwatch with retrograde minutes
Signed Hautlence, Horlogerie Suisse, Ref. HLs04, No. 14/88, circa 2008
Cal. 7001 nickel-finished lever movement, 24 jewels, partly skeletonized dial, magnified window for the jumping Arabic hours on black chapter ring, recessed fan-shaped sector for the retrograde minutes, skeletonized minute hand with luminous tip, eccentric subsidiary seconds, large cushion-shaped 18K grey gold brushed case with black DLC-coated stainless steel bezel and sides, glazed display back secured by four screws, 18K grey gold Hautlence deployant clasp on rubber strap, case, dial and movement signed
46 mm. wide & 47.5 mm. overall length