One sometimes wonders if Hautlence will run out of ideas dreaming up new ways to present time on a dial. It conceivable might, one day. Even the sun will burn out in due time. But not this year. For Geneva, Hautlence presented the Vortex Primary, its second watch co-designed with ex-footballer Eric Cantona. Think stained glass vitrine for a piece of kinetic sculpture. That would be what the Vortex Primary basically is.
The Hautlence HL2 is one of those watches you don’t forget. The HL2 was launched in 2011 — the first of Hautlence’s Concepts d’Exception (as they name their very top-tiered products). This is pretty astounding when you consider the fact that the watch has become somewhat of a design icon in little more than four years. With its monolithic quadrilateral form, movement on exuberant display and emphatically energetic indication of time, the HL2 was one of the most impressive products to emerge from an independent brand at the time.