Time Goes 3D

Time Goes 3D

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< Hautlence >

With 3D simulation and a mechanism move that negates the effect ofgravity on precision, Hautlence’s HL2.0 is nothing short of a cinematic spectacle…

Just a decade old, Hautlence brings new dynamics to the watchmaker’s art by breaking new ground in terms of display, namely the three-dimensional vision of time. Based on a new approach to reading time, presenting complications in a different, highly original manner, Hautlence timepieces are aimed at those who love beautiful mechanisms, combining modern design technologies and 3D simulation with respect for the artistic professions closely tied to high watchmaking.

Its 2011 offering, HL2.0, took the entire team over three years to develop, internally and in the utmost secrecy, a true novelty in the world of watchmaking that breaks away from the mechanisms of the past without forgoing historic regulation methods. 

And in order to create a cinematic spectacle, Hautlence has ensured that the movement of the chain, allowing the hour to be changed in the aperture, is accompanied by the 60º rotation of the regulating organ. This rotary motion taking place every 60 minutes allows the effects of gravity on the regulating organ to be statistically compensated for, should the watch remain immobile.

Spectacularly architectured around a retrograde minute, the jumping hour comprises a 12-link chain triggered by  a connecting rod system identical to those found in HL collections. An ingenious system, unique in the world of wristwatches, allows the whole ensemble to be shifted in a controlled manner, thanks to a speed regulator that preserves the components from any unwanted shocks caused by the workings of the timepiece. It features a dedicated barrel, the sole purpose of which is to provide enough energy for the entire system. Futuristic in its construction method and the way in which it delivers time, this piece is truly revolutionary. Thanks to the integration work of the manufacture calibre and deep reflection, the shape of the gear teeth has been optimised, higher-quality oscillators have been created and the energy consumption of the various complications has been regulated.

The most remarkable part of the HL2.0 is that the complete escapement system, including the plate, bridges, and wheels move to a new position each time the hour jumps, making four complete 60° rotations every single day. To counter balance the debilitating effects of gravity on precision, Hautlence has made the entire mechanism move; a first in watchmaking history.

This mechanical masterpiece displays the hours in an aperture, on a 12-link chain moving in a controlled, regulated manner every 60 minutes. The movement of the  chain from hour to hour is purposely slowed to 4 seconds to allow the numeral to be visualised correctly between two times. Additionally, it obtains an optimal chronometric result without disturbance from the energy required for the complication and animation of the display-the regulating organ which is a set of gears that change position (60°) every hour like the tourbillon, which does this continuously.


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