In this year’s Watches & Wonders Geneva trade fair, HAUTLENCE is introducing the Linear Series 2, building on the success of the Linear Series 1 that was launched in September 2022. This new model showcases a redesigned case, coated with black PVD that creates a striking contrast with the colored elements of the movement. It also features a unique time reading display and a new calibre, demonstrating HAUTLENCE’s commitment to continuously pushing boundaries.
The avant-garde brand has now presented a linear retrograde jumping hour, following on from the jumping hour disc, the half-trailing hour chain, and the jumping hour that spins on a sphere. This approach to time reading adds an extra dimension to HAUTLENCE’s revolutionary style, with a graduated scale indicating the hours using a linkage on the left side of the Linear Series 2’s dial. The linkage recalls the one used in HAUTLENCE’s first movement developed in 2004, the calibre HL, and the white pointer on its end indicates the hour on the vertical scale. The linkage jumps and returns to the 1 numeral once the 12 numeral is passed, releasing the accumulated energy. Additionally, the Linear Series 2 is equipped with a flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock, with its movement visible behind its blue skeletonized bridge.
The black graduated scale on the Linear Series 2’s dial echoes the black PVD-coated steel case, which offers water resistance up to 10 ATM. The case’s modern aesthetic features relief forms on the sides that add volume and dynamism to HAUTLENCE’s signature TV screen shape. The notched bezel is also coated with PVD and features a black rubber band that matches the strap.
HAUTLENCE’s dial is constructed on multiple levels, with an additional sapphire dial featuring minute numerals on top of the base dial with a vertical satin finish. The main dial is partially open, showcasing parts of the movement, including the minute cam, which is integral with the minute hand. The minute sector falls back after 60 minutes, driving the hour star, including the hour cam.
The calibre D50 self-winding movement, developed entirely in-house, powers the Linear Series 2, bringing the number of HAUTLENCE manufacture movements to eight. The calibre comprises 239 components, oscillates at a frequency of 3 hertz, and provides a power reserve of 72 hours. The oscillating weight is finely chased, recalling the brand’s famous Moebius movement. With technically and aesthetically perfect components, this unique timepiece marks a moment of renewal for the HAUTLENCE brand, known for its pioneering modern, architectural horology and progressive independent watchmaking.