Hautlence Destination 01 Origine

Angus Davies provides an in-depth review of the Hautlence Destination 01 Origine, a contemporary watch harnessing a “Signature” movement. This is the first time the Swiss brand has offered a timepiece with a dual-time function.

This detailed review of the Hautlence Destination 01 Origine includes live images, specification details and pricing.

Hautlence Destination 01 Origine - in-depth watch review by ESCAPEMENT

A modern aspect of business life is foreign travel. An increasing number of us travel great distances to attend meetings. For many individuals, a successful career necessitates working longer hours than ever before. It is not unusual to conduct commerce in different markets and contend with different time zones.

Flying to an overseas city may come with a “Club-class” ticket, but require the bearer to “hit the ground running” when they reach their chosen destination. There is no time for second best, the imperative to perform is a given.

Business life can be hostile. Negotiations may be challenging with little scope for sentiment. Indeed, for today’s executive, the professional merry-go-round of airport lounges, travelling in the back of a taxis, attending meetings and trying to grab a few hours sleep in unfamiliar hotel beds may well prove challenging.

“If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs”, then you are more likely to survive and succeed. One means of ensuring professional longevity is to seek solace with a few snatched moments chatting on the telephone or Skype to a loved one back home. However, as any intrepid business traveller will attest, care should be exercised before tapping the keypad of a telephone at the wrong time. Many businessmen, with an international working remit, will identify with an ill-timed call home in the middle of the night, disturbing not only a long-suffering spouse but waking children as well.

The dual-time or GMT watch has provided the solution for many years. However, few models have exhibited such a copious abundance of style as this latest horological gem from Hautlence, the Destination 01 Origine.

The arrival of the Destination models represents a new chapter in the evolution of this brand. Its “signature” models use externally sourced movements, allowing the brand to offer more affordable models to prospective purchasers.

The dial

The unique case architecture of the Hautlence HL ti 01 and HL Classic Bleu, which have been described by some journalists as resembling a “TV-screen”, feature on the new Destination models. The design codes ooze modernity, with their fresh and innovative look.

Hautlence Destination 01 Origine - in-depth watch review by ESCAPEMENT

An opaline black dial, decorated with Clous de Paris motif, provides one of several design elements which grant an abundance of eye-appeal.

Arabic numerals, presented in a neoteric font, feature at 2, 3, 4, 8, 9 and 10 o’clock. The hours at 1, 5, 7, and 11 o’clock are marked with applied, elongated batons. The various hour markers are 5N red gold plated, exhibiting a rich, almost decadent persona, which I find very appealing.

Hautlence Destination 01 Origine - in-depth watch review by ESCAPEMENT

Red-gold toned hour and minute hands, again plated with the aforementioned noble metal, are adorned with white Superluminova, aiding legibility in restricted light. The tip of the hour hand resembles an equilateral triangle, conversing with the wearer with clear diction. The minute hand employs a different aesthetic but charmingly coalesces with its sibling.

At 6 o’clock, the second-time zone is indicated with a white triangle pointing to the prevailing hour.

Adjacent 8 o’clock, a day/night indicator resides. Of particular interest is the way it floats beneath the neighbouring second-time zone display. Hautlence has expertly exploited different levels to sublime effect.

A large date display, positioned below noon, completes the inventory of functions presented.

Where Hautlence has bestowed much added value to this model is with the ingenious use of sapphire crystal to almost sandwich the hour markers, creating a sumptuous depth to the dial composition. This has been further accentuated with the use of some ingenious design elements, such as the large date bridge adorned with the brand’s nomen and the central minute rail, appearing to almost float above the dial canvas. Four screws, one positioned at each corner, evoke an impression of solidity and robustness that is, once again, very attractive.

Whilst the Destination model line is intended to provide a more accessible entry to Hautlence ownership, the timepiece has not lost any of the brand’s acclaimed savoir faire. This is an exceptional design. Some inventively styled pieces from alternative brands can prove challenging to interpret. In the pursuit of individuality they can sacrifice ease of interpretation. However, no such allegations can be directed towards Hautlence as this model remains eminently simple to understand with its highly legible display.

The case

The case compromises of black DLC coated fine-brushed grade 5 titanium partnered with 18-carat 5N red gold. By utilising the black material on the case band and case back, Hautlence has further heightened the modernity of the Hautlence Destination 01 Origine.

Hautlence Destination 01 Origine - in-depth watch review by ESCAPEMENT

I also admit to being very drawn to the Destination 02 Origine, presented in a comely fine-brushed grade 5 titanium case. It evokes an even more contemporary character and could well persuade me to favour its form on another day. The fact is, Hautlence has produced a range of models which employ different materials and colours, each making a compelling case for acquisition.

Hautlence Destination 01 Origine - in-depth watch review by ESCAPEMENT

Hautlence Destination 02 Origine

The Hautlence Destination 01 Origine measures 37mm x 43.5mm, with a height of 13mm. It sat very comfortably on my arm and did not look unduly small or large. The scale of this timepiece should prove suitable to a broad section of different wrist sizes.

Hautlence Destination 01 Origine - in-depth watch review by ESCAPEMENT

Adorning the caseback, 12 important cities are depicted in abbreviated form, showing the relevant time zone. A circular aperture reveals a partial view of the balance and oscillating mass.

Hautlence Destination 01 Origine - in-depth watch review by ESCAPEMENT

The movement

Hautlence is known for its Atelier movements, developed in-house and assembled by its talented team of gifted watchmakers. I have previously waxed-lyrical about the incredible finissage of the Atelier Calibre within the HLRQ 01. However, excellence often comes with a price tag commensurate with no-compromise creation. Clearly, for many readers the cost of these models may well prove prohibitively expensive.

The Signature movement within the Hautlence Destination 01 Origine is a self-winding Soprod 9351/A10-2 calibre. Whilst Hautlence has sourced this movement from a third party, it features Côtes de Genève motif, typical of a fine watch.

Closing remarks

I accept some purists may well still crave the peerless beauty of an Atelier movement, typically found in the costlier Hautlence models. However, I applaud the Swiss haute horlogerie brand for providing a means for some watch collectors to engage with this brand thanks to the more accessible pricing of its Signature models. These timepieces capture the aesthetic adeptness of Hautlence whilst delivering excellent value.

Hautlence Destination 01 Origine - in-depth watch review by ESCAPEMENT

Hautlence Destination 01 Origine - in-depth watch review by ESCAPEMENT

Hautlence Destination 01 Origine - in-depth watch review by ESCAPEMENT

Technical Specification

  • Model: Hautlence Destination 01 Origine
  • Case: DLC-coated fine-brushed titanium and 18-carat 5N red gold; dimensions 37mm x 43.5mm; height 13mm; water resistant to 3 bar (30 metres); sapphire crystal to front and solid caseback with small aperture fitted with a sapphire crystal according a view of the oscillating mass and balance.
  • Functions: Hours; minutes; large date; dual-time indication, day/night indication
  • Movement: Soprod 9351/A10-2, self-winding movement; frequency 28,800 vph (4Hz); 25 jewels; power reserve 42 hours.
  • Strap: Black hand-sewn rolled-edge Louisiana alligator leather presented on a titanium pin buckle featuring 18-carat 5N red gold plating.
  • Price: €27,800 including taxes (as at 7.7.2014) for Hautlence Destination 01 Origine.
  • Price: €18,500 including taxes (as at 7.7.2014) for Hautlence Destination 02 Origine.

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