Flash News: Hautlence Invictus Limited Edition Morphos by Eric Cantona

By Thierry Ané on September 4, 2014

This September Hautlence celebrates its tenth birthday and the brand invited friends and journalists in Neuchâtel for the occasion and used this opportunity to launch the “Cross the Line World Tour”, a travelling exhibition featuring iconic models made by HAUTLENCE as well as works of art from the collection of Eric Cantona, brand partner since June 2014.

It was during Baselworld 2014 that I learned Eric Cantona would become the new brand’s ambassador. For those of you who have never heard of him, Cantona is a former international footballer for the French national team that reinvented himself as an actor, surprisingly with some success. I was really puzzled about this choice since the guy has an uncouth side about him that seemed at odds with the refined world of Fine Watchmaking. I must admit, though, that my doubts were utterly unfounded!

Indeed, Hautlence took advantage of the 10th anniversary celebrations to unveil the first timepiece of this collaboration: the Invictus Morphos Limited Edition by Eric Cantona. According to the brand, the footballer/actor was involved in multiple aspects of the design and development of this model in tandem with Guillaume Tetu, the brand’s CEO and co-founder, proving is good aesthetic sense: the watch is indeed stunning!

This very first chronograph model presented by Hautlence is part of the Destination collection and shares the same iconic rectangular case, this time measuring 42 x 46 mm for a thickness of 12.8 mm. It is crafted is titanium with a mix of polished and brushed surfaces to catch the eye. Mounted on a black alligator strap secured by a folding titanium buckle, the Invictus Morphos Limited Edition by Eric Cantona features a titanium case back numbered and engraved with the name “Invictus” along with Eric Cantona’s signature and digital fingerprint. A porthole still allows you to get a glance at the oscillating weight and balance wheel.

However, the real attention-getting part of this 250-piece limited edition remains its magnificent dial. An opaline black centre features the small seconds at 12 o’clock and the two chronograph registers on the left side, all circled by a rhodium-coloured ring. The right hand side is open to give a nice view of the movement inside and presents a date ring. The originality of this Invictus watch comes from the outer part of the dial: blue mother-of-pearl inserts and black decals have been used to simulate butterfly wings in reference to the insect of the same name. To create depth on the dial, the minute Arabic numerals and markers have once again been placed on a sapphire crystal held by four screws above the hours and minutes hands. All the hands are faceted and treated with a blue PVD coating. Those dedicated to the time of the day also feature white luminescent material in their centre.

All in all, this is an extremely good-looking timepiece and I would not be surprised if it sells out extremely quickly. It is both sporty and refined and completely original relative to the rest of the chronograph offer on the market. A big applause to Hautlence and Eric Cantona for this excellent work and let us hope there will be more stunning watches to merge from this partnership in the near future.

For more information please visit the Hautlence web site.

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