Revolution (Hong Kong) - - SIHH 2017 - TEXT BY SEAN LI

Haut­lence presents a new in­ter­pre­ta­tion of its Vor­tex watch, this time cased in bronze. The ap­peal of this par­tic­u­lar metal, a cop­per and tin al­loy, is that if it is left un­treated, it takes on a dis­tinc­tive patina rather quickly. This process is highly de­pen­dent on the im­me­di­ate en­vi­ron­men­tal fac­tors, be it the am­bi­ent tem­per­a­ture, hu­mid­ity, and the wearer’s ac­tiv­ity level – liq­uids tend to ac­cel­er­ate the process as well. This char­ac­ter­is­tic has proven pop­u­lar with cer­tain col­lec­tors who want their pieces to be very dis­tinc­tive; while there will be only eight pieces made of the Vor­tex Bronze, each will, in ef­fect, age very dif­fer­ently, and be, in a way, a re­flec­tion of the wearer and his life­style. The move­ment re­mains the same: the unique au­to­matic-wind­ing HL2.0 me­chan­i­cal cal­iber, where the bal­ance wheel can be seen ro­tat­ing on two axis at the bot­tom, with a no­tice­able 60 de­gree jump ev­ery 60 min­utes. The hours are dis­played in a win­dow on the left, while the ret­ro­grade min­utes are in the cen­ter, with the Haut­lence logo spin­ning when the hand re­turns to zero.

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