Hautlence Launches Luxury Watches That Don’t Tell Time.

Hautlence Playground Watches

Swiss luxury watchmakers Hautlence have launched a new series of watches, The Playground Collection, that don’t tell time.

Hautlence Playground Watches

To make the passage of time more pleasant, they have diverted the timepiece from its traditional function while painstakingly adhering to the craftmanship and art of watchmaking. The result is very luxurious wristwatches that allow you to “play.” Let me introduce you to the Hautlence Playground Watches: Labyrinth and Pinball.

The Playground Collections first two models, the LABYRINTH and PINBALL are elegant watches that, in lieu of a face with hands and numbers, have functional interactive mechanical games crafted of the finest materials set within the case. And like other Hautlence timepieces, they cost a pretty penny, starting at $12,000.

Hautlence is designing these, in their own words, to make you take time to enjoy the time – to disconnect to better reconnect.

The Hautlence Labyrinth Watch

The Labyrinth base models, below, come in either 18k RN red gold or white gold, with diamond-lapped angles and 18-carat white (or red) gold ball. HAUTLENCE LAB in-house movement with mechanical lift.

LABYRINTH 01 Atelier


TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
CASE
• Case middle: satin-finished grade 5 titanium;
• Horns, bezel, crown and screws: satin-finished and polished grade 5 titanium;
• Glass: extra-hard bevelled sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment;
• Back: satin-finished grade 5 titanium. 6 screws, engraved with “HAUTLENCE”, “Horlogerie Suisse”, “Playground-Labyrinth 01”, numbering;
• Visible movement ;
• Dimensions: 37 x 43.5 x 13 mm.
CALIBRE
• Movement description:
• Mechanical lift including bevel gears;
• Number of jewels: 9;
• Finish: sand-blasted, vertical satin finishing with diamond-lapped angles.
DIAL
• Labyrinth in 18-carat 5N red gold, with vertical satin finish, diamond-lapped angles and 18-carat white gold ball.
• Back finishing: Côtes de Genève motif.
STRAP
• Brown, satin-finished Louisiana alligator leather, large square scales, hand-sewn rolled-edge;
• Folding clasp: titanium with satin-finished steel plate.
WATER RESISTANCE
• 3 ATM
LIMITED EDITION 18 TIMEPIECES (price upon request)

LABYRINTH 02 Atelier

 

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
CASE
• Case middle: satin-finished grade 5 titanium;
• Horns, bezel, crown and screws: satin-finished and polished grade 5 titanium;
• Glass: extra-hard bevelled sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment;
• Back: satin-finished grade 5 titanium. 6 screws, engraved with “HAUTLENCE”, “Horlogerie Suisse”, “Playground-Labyrinth 02”, numbering;
• Visible movement ;
• Dimensions: 37 x 43.5 x 13 mm.
CALIBRE
• Movement description:
• Mechanical lift including bevel gears;
• Number of jewels: 9;
• Finish: sand-blasted, vertical satin finishing with diamond-lapped angles.
DIAL
• Labyrinth in 18-carat white gold, with vertical satin finish, diamond-lapped angles and 18-carat 5N red gold ball.
• Back finishing: Côtes de Genève motif.
STRAP
• Black, satin-finished Louisiana alligator leather, large square scales, hand-sewn rolled-edge;
• Folding clasp: titanium with satin-finished steel p
WATER RESISTANCE 3 ATM
LIMITED EDITION 18 TIMEPIECES (price upon request)

Special models of the Laybrinth include blackened titanium face with blue steel ball and diamond studded red gold face with ruby ball:

The Hautlence Playground Pinball Watch

The Playground Pinball features a mechanical regulating “governor” system, not unlike that of a minute repeater.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
MODEL
•Pinball, Ball-e – Mechanical Pinball
CASE
• Grade 5 titanium with DLC treatment, satin-finish and polished finish, faceted sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
DIAL
• Grade 5 titanium, laser decorated and cut, sand-blasted, drawn strokes, hand bevelling, bumpers with rubber rings.
• Sapphire crystal, laser cut over the entire surface of the dial, topside and underside transfers
• 3 blued steel balls
CALIBRE
• Minute repeater regulation mechanism, variable inertia regulator, rack winding, 15-seconds power reserve, hand bevelling, 18 carat gold settings, grade 5 titanium bridges, 14 jewels, double flat stones with olive hole, black PVD main plate and barrel bridge, 110 components.
BRACELET
• Grade 5 titanium folding buckle, hand-stitched alligator strap
DIMENSIONS
• 37 x 43.5 x 13 mm

PINBALL BALL-E EDITION

The BALL-e is a unique interpretation of their Playground Pinball. When the light goes out, BALL-e reveals its second face: the dial displays the head of a small robot, as a protective talisman in the darkness. This special edition was made for the Only Watch Charity Auction which will take place on November 11, 2017. The auction benefits the fight against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

The BALL_E edition has the same technical specs as Pinball watch but with the following unique specifics for the BALL-E Edition.

Specifics for the BALL-E Edition:
• Unique piece designed for Only Watch
• Specific treatment with Superluminova© on the dial displaying the head of a small robot
• DLC treatment on the dial
Estimated price at auction: $24,000 – 39,000 (prices subject to change)

All images courtesy of Hautlence.

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