HAUTLENCE unveils a boldly colourful surprise with the launch of the fourth and fifth versions of its AVANT-GARDE HLRQ watch family. This is the latest and most vivid technicolour offering to date from the brand that has earned a reputation for being – well – expectedly unexpected.
In true HAUTLENCE fashion, the blue and orange detailing of predecessors HLRQ02 and HLRQ03 is now picked up on the icy blue or glowing orange varnished horns of the HLRQ04 and HLRQ05 models. These bright and breezy accents vividly match the blue or orange superluminova of the hours, minutes and dots on the upper sapphire dial.
Firmly in the AVANT-GARDE
HAUTLENCE sprang its original surprise in 2009 by introducing its first ever round case, the HLQ with date display.
In 2012, the brand consolidated its creative range by launching the AVANT-GARDE collection, a powerful line of watches inspired by the sleek curves and aesthetic codes of avant-garde design. The first HLRS models introduced in October 2012 were followed in 2013 by the HLRQ versions, incorporating various signature design codes attuned to a more lifestyle-oriented look.
A pleasing pop of colour
Incorporating the sporty, flamboyant nature of their siblings, HLRQ04 and HLRQ05 display a different dimension thanks to a vibrant injection of colour.
Despite this, the imposing signature elements of the HLRQ line remain alive and well. The 44 mm circular black DLC-finish grade 2 titanium case band frames the in-house designed sapphire dial lending a sense of depth and transparency, while affording a clear view of the manual-winding mechanical movement powering the jumping hours, retrograde minutes as well as the date display.
Other HLRQ Models
AVANT-GARDE – HLRQ01
Case middle and back in black DLC-finish grade 2 titanium, horns, bezel and push-button in 18-carat pink gold, sapphire dial. Alligator strap with titanium pin buckle or folding clasp.
AVANT-GARDE – HLRQ02
Case middle and back in grade 2 titanium, bezel and push-button in polished steel, sapphire dial. Alligator strap with titanium pin buckle or folding clasp.
AVANT-GARDE – HLRQ03
Case middle and back in black DLC-finish grade 2 titanium, horns, bezel and push-button in black DLC-coated polished steel, sapphire dial. Alligator strap with titanium pin buckle or folding clasp.
A brand-new chapter in HAUTLENCE history
Founded in 2004, HAUTLENCE is committed to bringing a new dynamic into the art of watchmaking, thus gaining the recognition of watch collectors and connoisseurs the world over. It has a portfolio of four calibres designed and developed in-house, while relying on external partners for the movements of certain collections. It launched the HL calibre in 2005, followed in 2009 by the HLQ calibre, with the brand’s third calibre, the HLC, hot on its heels in 2010. The following year saw the introduction of the high-flying HL2.0 calibre in a variety of different versions. Since 2012, HAUTLENCE has enjoyed the support of MELB Holding, which has made its experience and network accessible to the brand with the aim of developing effective synergies between HAUTLENCE and the group as a whole.
Like its name, an anagram of the brand’s hometown of Neuchâtel, HAUTLENCE is renowned for turning things upside down. In this vein, the brand has challenged the boundaries of traditional watchmaking designs by drawing on its architectural inspired roots and uniting them with innovative mechanical solutions borrowed from other industrial universes. Acutely aware of the two essential dimensions of time and space, HAUTLENCE is driven to design timepieces distinguished by consistently original curves and depth effects.
“HORLOGERIE SUISSE” Label
HAUTLENCE timepieces are created and produced in the purest Swiss watchmaking tradition and carry the label “HORLOGERIE SUISSE” on the case back. Aside from the straps/bracelets, certain high-tech components and sapphire crystals, all parts are developed, produced, decorated and assembled in the Neuchâtel and Jura mountains of Switzerland.