Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Hautlence Watches

Hautlence, an anagram of the Swiss town Neuchatel, home base for the new watch brand by young entrepreneurs, Renaud De Retz, Guillaume Tetu and François Quentin. Not traditional watchmakers themselves, they designed the first Hautlence out of frustration with the lack of innovation in the high-end watch industry.

The 'HL' utilizes a variety of digit-revealing & obscuring jump hour discs and retrograde minutes within a highly three-dimensional display. All watches with hand-winding Peseux 7001 caliber movements and cases made of 18k yellow, pink and grey gold, built to the 16:9 ratio of a television screen and only in series of 88 models of each six styles.