Contemporary watchmaker HAUTLENCE enlarges its Atelier collection with the addition of the Tourbillon 01, an elegant timepiece featuring H. Moser & Cie.’s exclusive Calibre Tourbillon HMC 802 beating at its heart. Equipped with a dual-time function, one-minute tourbillon, three-day power reserve and automatic winding system, the Tourbillon 01 introduces new synergies between two brands owned by the Meylan family company, MELB Holding.
The Tourbillon 01 reinterprets all of the design codes that are dear to HAUTLENCE and follows in particular the aesthetics of the very first HL05 timepieces, offering a three-dimensional dial with a multi-level reading of time. Demonstrating HAUTLENCE’s avant-garde approach to design, this new timepiece is housed in a round 44mm two-tone case crafted out of rose gold and black PVD-coated titanium. Built on several levels, the dial highlights a black enamelled base embellished by Côtes de Genève decoration. Rose gold numerals and hour markers appear to be floating above the base thanks to the addition of an intermediate sapphire crystal dial, resulting in a mesmerizing structural effect.
In addition to displaying a tourbillon at six o’ clock, the timepiece also indicates the second time zone through a smaller rose gold hour hand that is hidden behind the main hour hand. The second time zone hand remains out of sight as long as the dual-time function is not in use, staying below the hour hand as it rotates around the dial.
Commenting on the timepiece, HAUTLENCE Co-Founder and CEO Guillaume Tetu shares, “I always said that we would never offer a tourbillon and that we preferred to push the limits of watchmaking with innovative dials that link mechanics and architecture… But never say never! For, as soon as we paired our emblematic sapphire crystal dial with the Calibre Tourbillon HMC 802 from H. Moser & Cie., I knew it was a perfect match.”
For the movement of the Tourbillon 01, HAUTLENCE chose to partner with Schaffhausen-based watchmaker H. Moser & Cie. and movement component designer and producer Precision Engineering AG (PEAG), both owned by MELB Holding. The Calibre HMC 802 is manufactured in-house by H. Moser & Cie. with a regulating organ produced by PEAG, a specialist in developing and building high-quality escapement components. Each of the movement’s parts have been finished and decorated by hand, turning the Tourbillon 01 into a beautiful wristwatch from the inside out.
Competitively priced at CHF 88,000, this new numbered collection encapsulates HAUTLENCE’s DNA while offering a modern take on horology’s magical and highly esteemed tourbillon.