Introducing the Hautlence HL Sphere with Hours on a Rotating Globe

Another novel time display.
Hautlence HL Sphere Jumping Hours on Sphere

Having made something of a speciality of unusual hour displays, from jumping hours to chain link vertical indicator, Hautlence has just unveiled the HL Sphere that features a novel hour display on a rotating globe.

First hinted at with the double-sphere HL Kinetic Clock shown at SIHH 2019, Hautlence has paired the spherical hours with retrograde minutes, which marks the first appearance of the HTL 501-1, the eighth in-house calibre developed by the brand.

The watch has the spherical hour indication on the left, with 12 engraved numerals on a sphere made of two halves in blue PVD-treated titanium. Operated by a differential within, the sphere is only anchored only on one side, leaving it seemingly floating in the case. Jumping at the top of every hour, the current hour is read from the numeral shown in the centre of the sphere.

While the white lacquer-filled hour numbers are randomly scattered across the sphere, the globe is in a fixed position and rotates on itself in a fixed sequence on three axes, dictated by four conical gears meshed against two crossed spindles inclined at 21 degrees.

Hautlence HL Sphere Movement Front Black

The 180° sector retrograde minute indicator has an open dial that reveals not just the gear train, but also the rack and spring used to trigger the jumping hour. The minute display is executed in the same style as the spherical indicator, in grade 5 titanium with a blue PVD treatment and white lacquer filling.

Hautlence HL Sphere Retrograde Minutes

The HL Sphere utilises the brand’s signature television-shaped case in the same size as earlier models in the HL series, 39mm by 46mm and stands 12mm high. While the dimensions are unchanged, the case has been reworked with a wider dial opening for visual effect. It’s in 18k white gold, with the case middle and bezel having a combination of brushed and polished surfaces.

Price and availability

The Hautlence HL Sphere is limited to 28 pieces, priced at SFr99,000, or 150,000 Singapore dollars, and will be available starting end-April.


 

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Eight brands in a prime location.
Art in Time Monaco

Located on the ground floor of One Monte Carlo, a brand new apartment complex, Art in Time is an unusual retail venture: a watch boutique focused exclusively on independent watchmakers, but owned and operated by Chopard.

Art in Time carries eight brands – Chopard, Ferdinand Berthoud and eight independent watch- and clockmakers – all represented in a stylish space that is just across from the Casino de Monte-Carlo.

Art in Time Ferdinand Berthoud

While such an endeavour might initially seem odd for Chopard, best known for its jewellery and Happy Diamonds watches, Art in Time was built on a well-defined rationale. It was created as a platform to retail Ferdinand Berthoud, a grand old name in French watchmaking that was revived by Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, the co-president of Chopard.

A man of taste who has long funded haute horlogerie pursuits, most notably the Chopard L.U.C timepieces and movements as passion projects, Mr Scheufele conceived Berthoud as a maker of ultra high-end complicated watches and started off a tourbillon equipped with a chain and fusee. But because Berthoud is too small to merit its own boutique, it needs to sit alongside comparable brands, which is why Art in Time also carries Greubel Forsey, MB&F, Ressence, and Urwerk.

Karl-Friedrich Scheufele Chopard

Karl-Friedrich Scheufele

Maxime Labey chopard

At centre, Maxime Labey, International Retail Managing Director of Chopard

For independent brands, Art in Time is an ideal partner, not only because Mr Scheufele is a gentleman and industry insider, but also because of Chopard’s financial resilience, which makes it a reliable retailer.

Art in Time Monaco shop 2

Art in Time Monaco shop

Word has it that the Monte Carlo outpost of Art in Time is merely the first in a small constellation of such stores, with the location of the next outpost likely to be London.

Art in Time Monaco is located at:

One Monte Carlo
Place du Casino
98000 Monaco


 

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