Geneva Watch Days 2022: Hautlence: Vagabonde Series 4 Creates New Ways Of Reading Time

THM Desk
29 Aug 2022 |
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Haute horology is one of the few fields in which attention to detail is a priority and Hautlence is aware of this—which is why they focus on the finer details. Hautlence was founded in 2004 in Neuchâtel with the mission of developing novel time interpretations. And that's just what it's doing.

Hautlence has unveiled a compelling state-of-the-art piece with the release of the Vagabonde Series 4 model, an ultra-modernized version of the legendary star wheel systems, so-called for their star-shaped disc driving wheels. Updating its model of solitary work hours, the central minutes' disc and the three-hour satellites positioned inside the sapphire disc are powered by the caliber B30 self-winding manufacturing movement, which is housed in a steel case reminiscent of the original but with a sportier personality.


The sapphire minute dial adds volume to the rhodium-plated brass base dial, which features a frosted finish. Inside this disc, the hours rotate around the central staff, turning on their own axis to mark the passing hours.

Great care has been taken to ensure the finishes are in line with the very exacting standards of the brand originally from Neuchâtel. Considerable technical skill and precision are required to create the sapphire minutes disc, as well as the half-moon motifs that decorate the hours.


Driving the rotation of the discs, the B30 bidirectional self-winding movement guarantees a minimum power reserve of three days. This caliber is based on a manufacturing movement designed in collaboration with H. Moser & Cie., which Hautlence developed in a modular way to create this stunning piece.


The steel case on the Vagabonde series 4 models adopts the TV screen shape favored by Hautlence with a reworked version featuring bolder curves and is water resistant to 10 ATM. Retaining its balanced proportions, it is equipped with a beveled sapphire crystal and a fluted crown with a rubber ring in the same color as the integrated strap.

This excellent piece has a genuine module and a top-tier, self-winding movement. A timepiece with a lot of character, where the word Hautlence is written all over it.