HAUTLENCE – SIHH 2018 – Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie Genève


Since it was founded in 2004, HAUTLENCE has placed innovation at its very heart. Constantly creating, drawing its inspiration from other disciplines, and borrowing cutting-edge materials from different technologies, the Neuchâtel brand is continuously reinventing itself. For the Vortex Gamma Tron, HAUTLENCE has chosen a revolutionary composite material hailing from the automotive and aerospace industry: HLLightColor. Charged with ceramic nanotube particles, HLLightColor can be body tinted rather than coated with colour. It can also be made phosphorescent, something which immediately appealed to HAUTLENCE, with the brand using it to accentuate the architectural lines of the case and further underline the references to the graphic universe of science-fiction classic TRON, from which the Vortex Gamma Tron takes its name.


The new chronograph from HAUTLENCE has been christened INVICTUS, Latin for “unbeaten and unbeatable”. It is a sleek and sporty model with a powerful design. The Neuchâtel-based company, renowned for its bold, artistic approach, plays with daring colourways for the most recent addition to the collection, which also features the HONEYCOMB pattern and is paired with a coloured bezel. The INVICTUS NEON is available in orange, yellow and green.

A brand-new chapter in HAUTLENCE history

Founded in 2004, HAUTLENCE – whose name itself is an anagram of Neuchâtel – pays tribute to the birthplace of the watchmaking art. The brand has been praised by watch collectors and aficionados from across the world for bringing a new dynamism to the art of fine watchmaking.

With annual production of around 200 pieces, HAUTLENCE has five calibres designed and developed in-house, whilst also relying on external partners for the movements used in certain collections. It offers a collection of 21 models, organised into four different sub-collections: Atelier, Concept d’exception, Signature and, inspired by mechanical toys and launched in 2015: Playground.

In strategic terms, HAUTLENCE can count on support from MELB Holding, an independent family watchmaking group which has been offering its experience and network since 2012, with the synergies between HAUTLENCE and the group sure to grow.

HAUTLENCE is pushing the boundaries of traditional watchmaking codes, uniting them with innovative mechanical solutions and an unlimited universe borrowed from the various arts, combining design, architecture, and movement. The brand takes its inspiration from this to create new approaches to time display, which it uses to elevate the two key dimensions of space and time. Ever conscious of a functional relationship with beauty, HAUTLENCE invents timepieces with completely new contours and depths, respecting every stage and every person involved in their production.

Beyond Swiss Made – the “HORLOGERIE SUISSE” stamp

HAUTLENCE timepieces are created and produced in Switzerland, in Neuchâtel and the Jura mountains, in the very highest tradition of Swiss watchmaking, and are signed with the label “Horlogerie Suisse”. The components are produced externally using a network of thirty-five partners and subcontractors, all based in the Neuchâtel/Jura region




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