Hautlence Vor­tex Pri­mary Watch

THE MAN Magazine Cambodia - - Basel Report -

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.

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