Georges-Henri Meylan, Chairman, HAUTLENCE
“The HAUTLENCE adventure is remarkable through its creativity and the products presented convey a new vision whilst respecting watchmaking tradition.
We aim to support the development of HAUTLENCE, that will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2014, with all the resources that the MELB family holding group can bring. The strong, easily identifiable product design makes this brand a rising star in 21st century creative watchmaking.”
Guillaume Tetu, Co-Founder and CEO, HAUTLENCE
“HAUTLENCE is a brand whose ambitions are guided by a passion for design, architectural codes, as well as elegant, coherent products.
Since the creation of the brand in 2004, we have positioned ourselves as a think tank, without betraying the standards of our watchmaking industry. We continue this quest today with the support of one of the most respected individuals in the profession, Georges-Henri Meylan. Together, we are planning the future of the brand by building on the same foundations, as much in terms of passion for the product as for the human values, all driven by a commitment to succeed in the long term.”
HAUTLENCE is known and acknowledged for its original concepts in reading time. It adopts a think tank approach and brings a new vision to the art of watchmaking, while respecting its traditions.
Since its creation in 2004, HAUTLENCE has been a brand in a league of its own. It plays with design codes just as it does with its name – an anagram of the city of Neuchâtel in tribute to the cradle of watchmaking and to its expertise.
With surprising and sometimes unprecedented ways of reading the time, a powerful and easily identifiable design inspired by architectural principles, as well as a majority of in-house made calibres developed and crafted in its own Atelier, HAUTLENCE has earned within less than a decade the recognition of its peers, the trust of the most prestigious retailers, the enthusiasm of the most knowledgeable journalists, and a top spot on the wish list of collectors worldwide.
In 2012, its reputation was further strengthened by the arrival at the company helm of one of the industry’s most well-respected personalities, Georges-Henri Meylan. Together with brand Co-Founder Guillaume Tetu, they are currently writing one of the finest chapters in the history of alternative 21st century watchmaking, backed by a top-notch and highly motivated team and by the finest artisans of the region. HAUTLENCE is clearly going to make its mark on time. And on yours?
HAUTLENCE, Atelier d’horlogerie contemporaine
The Atelier d’horlogerie contemporaine HAUTLENCE consists of watchmakers, designers and engineers, supported by the incredible watch industry talent from the Neuchâtel region. Its focus is to explore new avenues in time display. The research and development team is dedicated to creating exclusive, original and entirely in-house developed horological content, with all parts made by the best craftsmen from the region.
Once assembled on the workbenches, all these components are meticulously checked one by one and then patiently assembled by a watchmaker; each timepiece is given its own soul.
All are works of art designed and produced in limited numbers; HAUTLENCE watches are pieces of pure horological architecture.
Founding of HAUTLENCE, three years after the first ideas and the first sketches
Presentation of the first HL calibre and the first iconic collection named after it
Birth of the HLS sports range derived from the HL calibre