Hautlence Vortex Primary Watch
It can take a lot to stand out in the deluge of creative and beautifully designed (well, not all of them) watches that are released at shows like SIHH 2016. Every now and then, though, your eyes uncross themselves, the caffeine kicks in, and you see something like the Hautlence Vortex Primary watch. It’s a watch that is a whole different kind of, well, different. It’s fun, quirky, and whimsical in a way that I can’t help but appreciate. Reminiscent of several artists, the collaboration between Hautlence and French ex-footballer (that’s soccer for us Americans) Eric Cantona is a standout for me. When I first looked at the watch, I could not help but to be reminded of those colorful geometric paintings by Mondrian, who was a champion of neoplasticism. The more I learned about it, the more I found an even more personal connection to the watch. There are 19 different glass panels (sapphire, ruby, and blue spinel glass) utilized that call to mind a stained glass window. As stained glass is something I have personally dabbled in in the past, there is another level of appreciation. Even for those without a personal history with the craft, it looks beautiful on the watch and provides a rich visual experience. The Hautlence Vortex Primary watch is being introduced as a limited edition of 18 pieces, but if you ask me, it should have been 19 to match the number of glass panels.