Hautlence’s HL Sphere Watch Features a Three-Axis Jumping Hour Display
Hautlence has just announced its latest complicated watch masterpiece. Named the HL Sphere, the watch features a metallic-blue sphere that rotates on three-axes to tell the current hour. On the right of the domed sapphire-crystal glass display is the minute display, where the minutes count up to 60 until jumping back to “00,” rotating the hours sphere to the next hour.
Hautlence mentions, “This hypnotic dance, which initially appears totally random, actually follows a strict choreography, dictated by four conical gears that move around two crossed spindles inclined at an angle of 21 degrees. Two polished titanium cases featuring a blue PVD treatment adorn this conical differential to create a yin and yang watchmaking composition that forms a sphere.”
Other features include Hautlence’s customary 18K gold “TV Screen” case at 46mm in width, a blue leather strap that matches the sphere and minute hand, and an in-house HTL 501-1 movement. Priced at CHF 99,000 (approximately $98,500 USD), the Hautlence HL Sphere is limited to 28 pieces and will be officially announced at this year’s Baselworld. Check out the magic behind the hour jump in the video below.