Since 2004, independent watchmaker Hautlence has pushed its boundaries to create some of the most unique timepieces like the HL, HL2, and HL Sphere. A unique identity of the brand is the TV shaped case for most of its timepieces. The 2023 edition of Watches and Wonders is not far behind and the Schaffhausen, Switzerland, based timepiece maker has released Linear Series 2 in black PVD coating, and limited to only 28 pieces.
The new watch maintains majority of the aesthetics and mechanics to what Hautlence released last year as the Linear Series 1 at Geneva Watch Days. The new limited edition watch has a reworked 43mm sport, satin-finished and polished steel case coated in PVD black. The watch maintains the signature TV-shape, with the crown getting a rubber insert.
The watch has a jumping hour or a linear retrograde movement, which basically means that once the 12 numeral is passed, a snail disengages the probe to release the accumulated energy, making the linkage jump and return to the numeral 1. Limited to 28 pieces, the timepiece has a singular line of hour markers seen on the left side of the dial in this 43mm steel watch. Similar to the 2022, Linear 1 variant is the hour markers that are indicated with the help of a small white pointer at the end of the linkage on the vertical scale.
Featuring different layers, the central sapphire dial features Arabic minute dual numeral minute markers. The minute cam rotates once every hour and the time is read through a blue and white hand. The 3D indexes all feature Globolight. Another layer to the watch, at 6 o’clock is the flying tourbillon, placed behind a blue skeletonised bridge.
Turning the watch showcases the sapphire crystal caseback engraved with 'Hautlence', ‘Linear Horlogerie Suisse Suisse' with eight visible screws, and a flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock, along with a finely chased oscillating weight. There is also a 'Limited' engraving, along with the individual watch number out of 28. The signature television-shaped case has also undergone reworking.
The new Linear Series 2 gets the same in-house movement with that of its predecessor, the Linear Series 1, an in-house Calibre D50 automatic tourbillon movement with a 72 hour power reserve. The watch sits on a black rubber strap with a stainless steel clasp, and gets a water resistance of 100 metres.